Working with the Royal College of Art, Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, we are planning to run a programme of activities seeking to understand the barriers to designing, procuring, and implementing good design that improves patient safety.   This will include a series of discussions bringing together designers, clinicians, human factors & ergonomics experts, and procurement professionals, culminating in a workshop – hosted at the Royal College of Art. Our learnings will be made available.

Watch this space for dates…

Healthcare is full of examples of poor design, such as: drugs packaging & storage; non-standardised infusion pumps; anaesthetic machines with critical switches unguarded and not alarmed etc. that have an impact on patient safety.  The Health and Safety Investigation Board have identified design and user interface as the most frequent area that needs addressing in their investigations to date.

With the changes occurring within NHS Supply Chain, now is a good time to get a conversation started and to understand –  Could human factors & ergonomics contribute more to the process of procurement? What do designers need to know to design products that healthcare will procure? and what does healthcare procurement need to enable them to buy products that improve patient safety?

Sponsorship opportunity 

We’d like to raise sponsorship to the total of £18,000 for these events.  If you can support us or have any questions or would like to find out more about working with us please contact us at