Revealed: New designs
transform patients’ privacy and dignity in NHS hospitals
pods’ and screening systems, modular toilets and washrooms and a
redesigned patient gown are just some design prototypes to improve
patient privacy and dignity unveiled by Health Minister Ann Keen
at the Design Council today.
The groundbreaking designs are the culmination of ‘Design for
Patient Dignity’, a programme from the Department of Health and
Design Council, which has brought together seven teams of leading
UK designers and manufacturers with frontline healthcare staff to
help solve privacy and dignity issues for patients.
The design concepts and prototypes include:
- Universal Patient Gown – which features a
dignified design, is warmer and more comfortable
- BedPod – which creates a private, patient-controlled
- Capsule Washroom – to rapidly refit wards to create
single sex toilet and washing facilities
- Reclining Day Chair – a unique hybrid between a
wheelchair and a bed which provides greater comfort and security
for patients being moved around the hospital
- Novel Screening Systems – to separate male and female
areas on wards
Signage System – to allow staff to designate same-sex
The top UK design teams include the renowned fashion
designer Ben de Lisi, PearsonLloyd – who have previously developed
the Virgin Atlantic Premium Economy Super Seats – the RCA and
specialist architectural, interiors and other specialist designers.
Health Minister Ann Keen said:
"As a nurse, I know that patients expect and deserve
not only high quality, safe and effective care, but a dignified
experience when they go into hospital. It is essential that the
high standard of work carried out by our skilled NHS staff is not
undermined by patients feeling vulnerable and undignified when
they receive treatment.
"The Design for Patient Dignity Programme is a
groundbreaking initiative. Today, we have seen what can be
produced by bringing designers, manufacturers, patients and
experts together to help transform the hospital experience for millions.
"I have spent years being embarrassed by asking
people to wear revealing patient gowns and I know that patients
will feel far more confident with the new design. We want to
ensure that patients’ experience of the NHS goes from good to
great and the exciting designs unveiled today show patients what
they can expect from the NHS of the future."
David Kester, Chief Executive of the Design Council, said:
"The prototypes launched today provide simple,
practical responses to the healthcare issues that we all care
about. Design for Patient Dignity demonstrates that when we listen
to the public and bring frontline NHS staff together with
industry, great innovation and enterprise thrives."
The work followed extensive research into what issues matter
most to patients, staff and experts, such as being able to discuss
personal details without other patients hearing, being in a
single-sex ward or bay, having single-sex toilet and washing
facilities, having personal control over their environment, and
improving hospital nightwear and gowns.
The teams were appointed following a nationwide search for
designers and specialist manufacturers who could together develop
designs, as well as create prototypes and put them into full-scale
production for introduction to hospitals.
Over sixty design teams applied to the challenge, and were
judged by a panel of the UK’s most respected experts in design,
patient care, hospital management and nursing. It is hoped the
designs will be introduced to hospitals in 2011.
Notes to Editors
1. For further information and interview opportunities, please contact:
Department of Health Press Office on 0207 210 5221
Design Council: Saskia Sissons: 020 7420 5248 or Nigel
Campbell 020 7420 5282
2. The full briefs and the designer/manufacturer teams tackling
the challenge were:
Design a product or service that effectively
separates male and female patients on NHS wards.
Design consultancy: Together Creative Collaboration / Anthony
Industry Supplier Suck UK Ltd
Design a more dignified toileting and washing
experience in hospital
Designer: Azhar Architecture / Slider Studio
Industry Supplier Grant Westfield
Design new ward layouts which can be retrofitted
across a range of NHS hospital ward types to help deliver
Designer: Avanti Architects
Industry Supplier Panaloc Worldwide Manufacturing
Design a range of functional patient clothes
(which could include daywear, nightwear and footwear) that
significantly reduce the risk of physical exposure, cater for
differences in patient size, cultural and religious preferences
and are appropriate for a range of activities including
sleeping, resting journeys to and from the toilet/bathroom and
leaving the ward.
Designer: Ben de Lisi
Industry Supplier Silvereed
Design a piece of equipment or service that will
provide greater physical and emotional security for patients as
they move around and wait in areas of the hospital.
Industry Supplier Kirton Healthcare
Open brief: Address wider issues of patient dignity and enable
NHS Trusts to rethink the way that space is used in wards
Designer: Billings Jackson Design / Nightingale Associates
Industry Supplier SAS International
Specialists in healthcare design from the Royal College of
Art Helen Hamlyn Centre have also been recruited to the
programme and are developing their design solutions to the briefs.
3. Design for Patient Dignity is part of a wider programme of
work to improve privacy and dignity for patients and patient
experience. This includes:
· Dignity in Care Campaign
Sir Michael Parkinson was appointed in May 2008 to promote
dignity in care, as part of the Department of Health’s Dignity
Campaign. For further information on the Dignity in Care Campaign,
· BIG – Bright Ideas Grant
The BIG ideas website helped generate and fund ideas to promote
dignity in care. People posted their ideas online and bid for up
to £10K of the total £50K fund. The online competition for the
fund closed on 18 March 2010. Visitors to the BIG website will be
able to rate ideas, with the top rated ideas appearing in a leader
board on the home page. http://www.big.dh.gov.uk/
4. Design for Patient Dignity is part of the Department of
Health’s programme to deliver same-sex accommodation. As Britain’s
hospital wards vary enormously in layout, age and construction the
teams must come up with solutions that are flexible enough to be
implemented whilst being affordable and effective.
5. The project follows the success of ‘Design Bugs Out’, where
the Design Council and the Department of Health worked together
and in a similar way challenged designers and manufacturers to
develop new hospital furniture and equipment that would be easier
to clean and encourage improved hygiene - reducing patients’
exposure to healthcare associated infections such as MRSA. The
prototypes will be entering hospitals in summer 2010.
6. Innovation and new concepts such as these developed with the
Design Council will be showcased at the second Innovation EXPO at
the Excel Centre in London on 6-7 October 2010.
Department of Health
Phone: 020 7210 5221