Martin Bromiley OBE talks about why it’s critical we get the right experts to apply the science of human factors to design and training. Healthcare doesn’t think twice about employing other professionals…

Healthcare should select people competent for different applications – for example, different human factors and ergonomics experts to contribute to healthcare design and layout, design of patient flow, service design, IT system design, usability testing of medical devices, procurement, improving team performance and training non-technical skills etc.  Healthcare should aim to learn from experts and encourage the transfer of skills to their in-house team with a longer-term view of developing a strong field of healthcare experts.

Further reading

HSIB’s latest report on medical devices click here

Chartered Institute of Human Factors and Ergonomics White Paper on Human Factors in Healthcare click here