Healthcare Design Group
Principal Investigator: Professor P John Clarkson
Design for quality and safety
The Healthcare Design Group researches the role of systems thinking in the UK Health Service as a means to deliver safe, effective and affordable care. In particular, we are researching how to define and embed an evidence-based systems engineering culture in the UK Health Service to improve service quality:
- by developing models of innovation practice for healthcare practitioners and providers;
- by delivering a framework and tools for safety management into the UK Health Service;
- by establishing a centre for patient safety research in the UK.
There is much scope for transferring the necessary knowledge and practice from other safety-critical industries, such as nuclear, aviation and defense, where design and risk assessment and management are well established. However, it is crucially important that any solutions that are identified are informed by current healthcare culture and practice.
We have developed, in close collaboration with local and regional healthcare trusts, a Safer Systems Toolkit for managing risk and a Healthcare Design Toolkit for guiding the early stages of the innovation process.
- Professor P John Clarkson (Group Leader and Principal Investigator)
- Terry Dickerson (Post-doctoral Senior Research Associate on the CLAHRC project)
- Dr James Ward (Post-doctoral Principal Research Associate on the CLAHRC and Health Foundation projects)
- Ian Hosking (Senior Research Associate researching design innovation)
- Dr Tim Horberry (Post-doctoral Senior Research Associate and visiting researcher)
- Mike Bradley (Senior Research Associate researching design innovation)
- Dr Warren Kerley (Post-doctoral Research Associate on the CLAHRC project)
- Dr Kai Ruggeri (Post-doctoral Research Associate on the Health Foundation project)
- Dr Alexander Komashie (Post-doctoral Research Associate on the CLAHRC project)
- Emmanuel Akinluyi (PhD student researching healthcare systems design)
- Wei-Ying Chou (PhD student researching design experience)
- Gulsum Kaya (PhD student researching risk management)
- Yuanyuan Liu (PhD student researching inclusive healthcare)
Prospective Hazard Analysis
Exploring how using Prospective Hazard Analysis methods could prevent incidents before they occur.
Co-Design of an Integrated Diagrammatic Systems Modelling Language (iDSML) for Healthcare Systems
Developing a new diagrammatic language for describing healthcare processes. The focus is a language that is intuitive, cognitively effective for facilitating communication and problem solving.
Purchasing for Patient Safety
Developing a procurement system that also advocates patient safety and involves all stakeholders in the system.
Prospective Hazard Analysis (PHA) Framework for Healthcare Systems
Assisting PHA through the integration of mapping and analysis.
A Framework for Healthcare Provision Process Modelling
Providing the healthcare professionals with a usable modelling method for understanding the healthcare provision process.
Design of Medicines Packaging
Improving the design of medicines packaging and labelling.
Improving Medication Safety
Applying risk assessment methods to identify, analyse and evaluate risks to medication safety.
Design of Medicines Packaging for Patients
A scoping study to survey medication packaging performance and design.
Design and Optimization of Dry Powder Inhalers
Using CFD simulation and multi-objective optimization to design better inhalers for aerosol drug delivery.