Health & Patient Safety Research Lab
Collaboration is at the heart of multi-disciplinary practice and essential in tackling the complex challenges of design for health and patient safety.
The research has benefited from collaboration with numerous academic partners including:
Practical research collaborations have been undertaken as part of the Helen Hamlyn Research Associates Programme. This partners recent RCA graduates with industry, the NHS and voluntary sector partners.including GlaxoSmithKline, DePuy, Celesio, the British Heart Foundation, the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, the NHS National Patient Safety Agency, Orange and Pearson Matthews. These partnerships have been match funded through a dedicated endowment from the Helen Hamlyn Trust, which has also supported student competitions to nurture an interest in patient safety amongst young designers at the RCA and other design institutions.
Project and research funding bodies include the EPSRC (with MRC and ESRC for the DPS network), Audi Design Foundation and Laura Ashley Foundation. The HEFCE Higher Education Innovation Fund has supported collaborative work with Imperial College leading to new surgical instruments and work on ambulance design.