Product Design lecturer praised for commitment to NHS patients

University of Huddersfield lecturer David Swann is celebrating becoming one of only six finalists in a competition that attracted over 11,000 entrants from across the world.

David, a subject leader for 3D and Interior Design at the University, is in the final stages of his PhD project NHS at Home: Designing a 21st Century clinician’s bag, which is designed to improve the delivery and experience of care that patients receive in their own homes.

He was selected as one of only six finalists in the International Design Excellence Awards 2010, organised by the Industrial Designers Society of America, in the design research category on the strength of his research and the positive effect it will have on NHS patients and clinicians.

He was also selected as one of three finalists in the Yorkshire and Humber NHS Innovation Awards and Showcase 2010, which saw around 150 entrants from the region compete for the top spots.

The profile of community healthcare and welfare of patients in the region and the country is of utmost importance to David: “It’s all about equipping 21st century clinicians with 21st century kit to deliver a world-class patient experience in an inconsistent healthcare setting,” he says.

David Swann’s 21st Century clinician’s bag, designed to improve the delivery and experience of care that patients receive in their homes.

His research aims to investigate and to re-think urgent care in the community, and it has already earned national headlines for its vision of the ambulance of the future.  David’s major contribution revolves around the equipment that clinicians take with them in their vehicles in order to carry out planned treatments in the home.

David also found that community matrons had not been provided with dedicated methods of transporting the medication and equipment they needed in order to deliver a hospital treatment room experience in the home.  Instead, the clinicians were improvising by using camera cases and other items of adapted luggage.  Sometimes there were problems fitting the bags into cars and the absence of dedicated equipment created problems, such as difficulty in creating a vital sterile field for home treatment.

David is developing a special home treatment bag to enable clinicians to deliver world-class service and treatments consistently in a constantly changing environment – small enough to fit into the boot of a car and able to be transformed into a compact work-space.  His bag has already been tested by top fashion house Louis Vuitton, recognised worldwide as producing some of the most desirable bags due to their design excellence.

David, who has lectured at the University’s School of Art, Design and Architecture since 1992, was also a member of a nationwide, multi-institutional team of academic experts taking part in the Smart Pods Project, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.”

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