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Design competition launched to tackle A&E violence

March 1 2011

Design competition launched to tackle A&E violence
Designers are being solicited by the Department of Health to rethink the approach to the country’s Accident and Emergency units in a bid to reduce violence and aggression toward NHS staff.

The year long project is being run by the Design Council and aims to bring designers, architects, patients and staff together in a bid to develop and trial possible solutions to the problem.

A range of possible solutions are being investigated such as looking again at the layout, use of space and furniture along with improvements to information sharing with patients and relatives and re-designed clinical and non clinical systems.

Lord Bichard, Chairman of the Design Council said: “Design is now recognised by the Department of Health as having the potential to develop new solutions to difficult problems within the National Health Service. This is a great opportunity for designers to really make a difference to staff and patients and, hopefully, save money.”

A closing date for entries has been set for April 4 with the winning designs to be showcased in October.

Reducing violence and aggression in A&E by design from Design Council on Vimeo.

1 Comment

D to the R
#1 Posted by D to the R on 1 Mar 2011 at 21:28 PM
Maybe we could start by getting rid of the puke coloured vinyl ..... although those two vinyls do contrast enough to make them acceptable to the visually impaired...... ok they can stay !

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