Helix Centre display panel

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Healthcare and Design is an interdisciplinary programme that draws on the complementary knowledge and expertise of Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art (RCA). The partnership between Imperial and the RCA is exemplified by the HELIX Centre, a design studio in St Mary’s Hospital bringing designers and clinicians together for the first time to solve healthcare challenges.  A key objective of the HELIX Centre is to catalyse more innovative approaches to healthcare service delivery with better design and planning, more efficient use of resources and a greater focus on patient need.  

What's available?

The Healthcare and Design short course provides students with the opportunity to be embedded within the HELIX team for a week; working live on a rapid design project to prototype a solution to an identified challenge. Students will frame and dissect the problem using user research and site visits; craft a solution and develop a business case to support it. They will then be expected to present their prototype solution to a panel of judges for feedback.