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)
- Professor Tim Horberry (Post-doctoral Senior Research Associate and visiting researcher)
- Mike Bradley (Senior Research Associate researching design innovation)
- Dr Kai Ruggeri (Post-doctoral Research Associate on the Health Foundation project)
- Dr Alexander Komashie (Post-doctoral Research Associate on the CLAHRC project)
- Dr Mikela Chatzimichailidou (Post-doctoral Research Associate)
- Dr Jenny Spencer (Heathcare Fellow)
- 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 (Research student researching inclusive healthcare)
Prospective Hazard Analysis
Exploring how using Prospective Hazard Analysis methods could prevent incidents before they occur.
DIAGRAMS - Co-Design of an Integrated Diagrammatic Systems Modelling Language (iDSML) for Healthcare Systems
Systems that work do not just happen they have to be planned, designed and built. This may seem an obvious statement but the non-trivial question that logically follows is this how do you design a system that works? The extent to which rigorous design is valued and practiced in an organisation or sector makes a significant difference to quality and performance. This research is concerned with developing a language to be used in a rigorous approach to the design of healthcare systems.