Healthcare Ergonomics and Human Factors
Measurement of hand hygiene behaviour within healthcare environment is key to preventing hand-mediated transmission of contaminants. Research in this area is applying complex systems methodologies from engineering and human factors to improve the hand hygiene measurement process. Current research is a collaboration with University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust.
Medical device design
The usability of medical devices is paramount for effective, efficient and safe use. We are currently integrating human factors methods in the design of imaging technology for inflammatory arthritis and devices to measure lung volume in low-income settings. Both of these projects embed a systems thinking approach to the design process to ensure usability and safety.
Patient transport and transfer
We have worked on the design and requirements of hospital transport including ambulances and paramedic vehicles, looking forwards to when ambulances are electrically powered. We are currently working to understand the environments experienced by neonatal patients being transported.
Healthcare human factors
The research group has expertise in applying human factors methods to a range of challenges in healthcare including physical product design, socio-technical systems optimisation and process improvement.
Quantifying wellbeing and short-term stress
Understanding how to assess stress and its affect in work performance is of interest to a number of safety critical industries. This research is working towards creating sensor based models of wellbeing through understanding short-term stress and its effect of cognitive performance under a number of conditions.