Network Events

In early 2014 we were notified that we had been successful in securing funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to undertake a programme of research to understand the range and state of the art of the use of design research and practice in the health domains. To further develop and refine the research enquiry a series of workshops with key partners from across the UK was held. There was representation from all partners at each event and these meetings had a direct impact on the direction and form of dissemination that might arise from the project.

Network Activities

To develop the proposal and support the practice of this network’s aims we held a series of workshops with key partners from across the UK. There was representation from all partners at each event and these meeting had a direct impact on the direction and outputs of the project.

Glasgow: May 13th 2014

The first meeting provided an opportunity to present the methodological approach developed by the core team (Lab4Living, Sheffield Hallam University) to the collaborative partners (Coventry University, Glasgow School of Art, Royal College of Art) The aims and objectives of the research were reviewed as was the individual roles and responsibilities of the collaborating network partners. The multidisciplinary approach to not only the network but to how we would gather the evidence was central to the research rationale. The coding system developed by the lead partner was presented, discussed and refined. The partners engaged in a structured session to help outline current health agendas that this work could potentially contribute and align to. Collectively we determined who our target audience or audiences were for the findings of the research and how these might be suitably shaped, formatted and located in terms of dissemination.

Coventry: July 9th 2014

Two main tasks were identified for presentation and debate by the partners at this meeting.

(1) The presentation of the interim outcomes revealed through the searches. These were then used to identify themes with respect to the NHS Outcomes Framework1 (DoH 2014) so that we would align our research with the stated priorities of the NHS.

(2) The review and development of coding protocols. Outputs from the partner institutions were used as case studies to further test and develop the coding. This trial coding exercise validated the rigour of the coding and approach taken by the network.

London: September 4th 2014

London was our opportunity to share findings with a wider invited audience and to provide more insight through selected case studies from each of our partner organisations. The use of video testimonials proved very compelling in capturing the essence and impact of what the research and practice of design in health brings. It also allowed us to showcase the significant work undertaken by the expert network, which epitomizes the potential of this innovative approach. These testimonials are replicated in the Case Studies section of this report.

Sheffield: October 15th 2014

With the majority of the data collection and analysis complete this provided an opportunity to discuss the dissemination and the potential for further development of the project. It was also agreed that a report notating the literature review would be published and also made available online to help future generations of researchers and practitioners interested in design in health. While this would represent findings at a fixed point in time the network felt it appropriate that a web based version of the report might be created that, perhaps with future funding, could become a live repository for designers and health care researchers and practitioners to further build and refine and continue to add their work and further build capacity.

As a holding first step a website housing a searchable library of the resources identified will be available alongside the physical document. Supporting our Network we had a group of key expert practitioners in the field who offered formal and informal support and reviewed and commented on key documents and findings throughout the process of the project.


1The NHS Outcomes Framework 2015/16, 2014, Department of Health, London. retrieved https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/385749/NHS_Outcomes_Framework.pdf June 2015