|Research question and possible study design||Group comments on relevant challenges, issues of concern upon implementation|
|Modelling to test UK Health system capacity, focus on demand surges||The people most affected are those already most vulnerable; learning how to reduce the general ill health burden among such groups could be more useful.|
|Modelling to test UK Health system capacity, focus on combined inputs (surges and conditions)||
As previous; specific scenario development needs to involve multiple partners; extensive literature search required to identify knowledge gaps.|
Local Resilience Partnerships (groups of organisations tasked with promoting recovery after a severe event) could be consulted, but their network development is regionally inconsistent.
|Modelling optimally early detection when events are beginning to cascade towards a severe incident||Describes existing role of syndromic surveillance systems; had undesirable potential to overlap too much with remit of colleagues' (other Health Protection Research Unit) groups.|
|Modelling of input of resurgence of existing contagion or new infectious disease||Would need to incorporate efficacy of existing syndromic surveillance systems (not well understood, requires own research).|
|Modelling of burden of unnecessary presentations to health care professionals after public health scares||
Inappropriate presentation is often difficult to define.|
Also inappropriate presentation is a difficult problem to modify, for instance when official advice is to seek medical advice, given to patients with symptoms matching a genuine public health concern.
|Historical review of past very large events to identify range of input stressors||Would be useful to one of the above models; long term consideration for further research.|