NHS doctors see working prototype

6th Jan 2016

Phase 1 of the project has now reached its conclusion with a working prototype created which was presented to renal clinicians at Preston Royal Hospital on the 4th of January.

The presentation and demonstration of the prototype generated a positive response from the audience with useful feedback for our planned Phase 2 of the project which will involve testing with a wider sample of patients in a clinical context.

Phase 1 has now entered into a dissemination phase which will involve publishing material and presenting to different audiences, relevant conferences and events to promote the value of design in improving how blood tests can be visualised for the benefit of patients and clinicians

The design led approach adopted in the delivery of the project has provided a novel way of working for the clinicians involved.  A central driver in the collaboration has been to ensure that this design led approach could be reconciled with good clinical practice as reflected in the information embedded within the prototype and understanding the  clinical context within which it would be used.

An essential element of our overall approach is the proposed testing of the prototype with a wider sample of patients under clinical conditions (Phase 2). This will provide a framework to evaluate the impact of the visualisation tool with patients/clinicians and provide the opportunity for feedback from this wider group of users.

A unique characteristic of this collaboration has been the interdisciplinary composition of the team and the fact that the project has been driven and co-ordinated by a renal patient who is a current service user. Patient input has been central to the prototype design.

The varied background of the team members has provided challenges and opportunities in generating a shared understanding of the impact of CKD on the patient’s journey and understanding the shared needs of clinicians and patients. The composition of the team has also provided the opportunity to draw upon different professional perspectives and skills in the design and delivery of a working prototype.

A further funding application will be considered to provide support for the delivery of this second phase and to ensure that feedback can be integrated into a further iteration of the prototype that will be of use to the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals. 

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