Seminar: Increasing value of health care in austerity: the case for the Socio-Technical Allocation of Resource (STAR) Event as iCalendar

08 April 2015

3 - 4pm

Venue: Room 439.201

Location: Level 2, UniServices House, 70 Symonds Street

Host: Dr Richard Clarke

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A Department of Engineering Science seminar by Professor Gwyn Bevan, London School of Economics.



The canons of the current body of theory that underpin deliberative decision making to improve value in health care are based on technical analysis of empirical data. We argue that organising deliberative decision making based on this Empirical-Technical (ET) approach made sense in a period of sustained real growth, but not now in times of austerity. This is because ET by its nature does not enable assessments to be made of the opportunity costs of any given commitment of resources, which are the opportunities forgone by that commitment. In this seminar Gwyn Bevan will describe an alternative approach, STAR, the Socio-Technical Allocation of Resources, that can enable managers, doctors and patients to work together to assess opportunity costs and thus redesign the delivery of health care to improve its value in austerity.


About the speaker:

Gwyn Bevan is Professor of Policy Analysis in the Department of Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has been head of LSE’s Department of Management and a Director at the Commission for Health Improvement. He is a member of England’s Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation that advises the Secretary of State for Health on the formulas to be used in allocating resources for health care and public health. His current research includes: R&D of STAR (socio-technical allocation of resource); evaluations of the ‘natural experiment’ of outcomes of differences in policy that have developed between the different countries of the UK after devolution (; exploration of equity in health and health care; and identifying and reducing unwarranted variation in health care as a member of the Wennberg International Collaborative (