Healthcare Design Group

Principal Investigator: Professor P John Clarkson

Design for Patient Safety

The Healthcare Design Group researches the role of systems thinking in the UK Health Service and its suppliers 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 and its suppliers, thereby improving service quality:

  • by developing models of good innovation practice for healthcare practitioners, providers and suppliers;
  • 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.

Group Members

Current Research

Completed Research