SPACE - Space and People, how the Atmosphere is Created by the Environment in paediatric ED

Posted by es213 at Mar 06, 2019 11:55 AM |
There is increasing evidence that the physical environment and feel of a place in healthcare settings have an effect on emotion and behaviour, as well as on well-being and recovery. A recent All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) highlighted significant opportunities for the creative industries to humanise care, enable patients to take a more active role in decision making, enhance the quality of the built environment, and improve staff and patient wellbeing, particularly in areas such as mental health, dementia and elderly care. Less work has focused on the urgent assessment space i.e. the process of arriving in a hospital setting seeking medical review, and how place and space influence the experience of care as well as the process of diagnosis and decision making in acute illness.

Funder: University of Leicester Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise Development Fund. January- June 2019

Project aim and objectives

This project brings together academic, clinical and commercial partners to scope opportunities and undertake development work on the possibilities offered by immersive and digital technologies to generate new understandings about the environment of the paediatric assessment clinic (i.e. the feelings generated by the routines, interactions and movements of human and nonhuman actors in a hospital space).

During this 6 month project we will:

1)      Hold a series of 3 workshops to bring together academics, clinicians and creative industries practitioners to explore existing challenges / potential ideas;

2)      Experiment with different types of technologies e.g. virtual reality (VR), and augmented reality (AR) to assess their value for the urgent care assessment process and the experiences of care for parents and staff in hospital environments;

3)      Upskill those attending the workshops on the opportunities afforded by arts-science collaborations and technologies as a method for enquiry;

4)      Produce a storyboard and portfolio of potential design ideas to enhance the urgent care assessment process in paediatrics, and the experience of care for parents and staff;

5)      Test feasibility and acceptability of our design ideas with clinical staff and parents, and to use this to select 1 design concept to take forward

The project team

Nicola Mackintosh, Nervo Verdezoto, Damian Roland

Judi Alston and Andy Campbell (One to One Development Trust)

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