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This paper analyses the role of bed managers and the processes involved in admission, stay, transfer and discharge of patients in the hospital setting. The paper seeks to begin a discussion of the difficulties entailed in the allocation of beds within the context of confined resources. This is achieved by: a review of the somewhat sparse literature on bed(More)
AIM This paper describes and analyses the role of bed managers within hospitals, and how this can be supported through a development programme. BACKGROUND AND KEY ISSUES Bed management has increased in importance as access targets have developed, and appreciation of the importance of patient flow has grown. The bed management role is usually performed by(More)
Global competition and rapidly changing customer requirements are demanding increasing changes in manufacturing environments. Enterprises are required to constantly redesign their products and continuously reconfigure their manufacturing systems. Traditional approaches to manufacturing systems do not fully satisfy this new situation. Many authors have(More)
PURPOSE To consider how information and information systems can be used to support improving patient flow in acute hospitals (a key target for the National Health Service in England), and the potential role of the National Programme for Information Technology currently being developed. DESIGN/METHODOLOGY/APPROACH The literature plus past and present(More)
League tables are of great interest to universities. This is particularly true for business schools, for which the Financial Times (FT) produces a suite of rankings of programme areas on a rolling annual cycle. Despite publication by the FT of most of the inputs and outlines of the methodologies, these are often little used by business school managers or(More)