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Dr Mike Fray

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Senior Lecturer in Human Factors Design

Dr Mike Fray holds first degrees in Ergonomics (Loughborough University, 1987) and Physiotherapy (Leeds University, 1993). After a few years working in the transport field (Ford, ICE Ergonomics) for many years he specialised in the areas of occupational physiotherapy, rehabilitation and injury prevention for healthcare workers.  During this time he was both employed within the NHS and in a consultancy role across many different organisations.

In 1996 Dr Fray, with the Centre for Hazard and Risk Management, created and developed the Back-Care Management programme at Loughborough University.  Since 1997 he has been a Visiting Fellow and course tutor on the programme delivering a range of modules in the use of physical ergonomics methodologies applied to the complex areas of healthcare. 

Since 2006, Dr Fray has been conducting research in HEPSU, now in Loughborough Design School.  In 2010 he completed part-time a PhD study which developed an outcome measurement tool to compare all types of interventions for patient handling in healthcare (Arjo-Huntleigh ab).

Other funded research projects have included space evaluations for hospital designs (Department of Health) and product evaluations for healthcare products (Frontier Medical and Smartlift Engineering Ltd).  In 2010-11 he was lead researcher on the CURE project (EPSRC) developing and evaluating modular treatment units for the ambulance service to assist with pre-hospital care and reduce the number of people being transported to hospital.

In summary his research interests are in the improvement of the delivery of healthcare activities with a special focus on the physical risks to staff and the delivery of the highest quality care for the patient.

For the year of 2011-12 Dr Fray has been seconded to a teaching position and will continue to support the last of his Business School students and will take on a new teaching load specialising on the physiology, anatomy and biomechanical aspects of ergonomics and design. He currently covers aspects of:

  • BSP 625 MSc research methods
  • BSP 631 MSc dissertation
  • DSP 103 Introduction to Human Movement
  • DSA 112 Human Function  (1) Anatomy
  • DSA 113 Human Function (2) Physiology
  • DSP 851 Research Methods

Dr Fray’s research activity has concentrated on the staff and patient impacts of patient handling. This has developed to include the wider area of hospital and healthcare design and in particular the evaluation of healthcare environments and equipment. Since 2010 he has co-ordinated a research forum (LARF) to assist the development of multi-site, multi participant research projects across the UK in the areas of patient handling and staff well-being in health and social care.

Dr Fray is actively involved in a number of local and international research groups and programmes:

  • Healthcare Ergonomics and Patient Safety Research Unit
  • Environmental Ergonomics Research Centre
  • Author group for ISO in Patient Handling (ISO TR12296)
  • Member of European Panel of Patient Handling Ergonomics
  • Co-ordinator of the Loughborough Alumni Patient Handling Research Forum (LARF)

Most recently he has been the lead researcher on the CURE project (EPSRC) developing pre-hospital technology to decrease the number of patients transported to hospital.

  • Fray M, Hignett S, TROPHI: Development of a tool to measure complex, multi-factorial patient handling interventions, Ergonomics, Volume 56, Issue 8, pp. 1280-1294, Publication date Aug 2013, DOI 10.1080/00140139.2013.807360, ISSN 0014-0139, eISSN 1366-5847

  • Hignett, S., Fray, M., et al. (2007). Implementation of the Manual Handing Directive in the Healthcare Industry in the European Union for Patient Handling tasks. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 37, 415-423.

  • Fray MJ. Hignett S. (2009) Measuring the Success of Patient Handling Interventions in Healthcare across the European Union Proceedings of the 17th Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association Beijing, China, 9-14 August 2009.

  • Fray MJ. Hignett S. (2009) The Evaluation of a Prototype Handling Device to assist with Horizontal Lateral Transfers. Proceedings of the 17th Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association Beijing, China, 9-14 August 2009.

  • Hignett, S., Lu, J., Fray, M. (2010) Two case studies using mock-ups for space planning in adult and neonatal critical care facilities, Journal of Healthcare Engineering, 1, 3, 399-414. Hignett, S., Lu, J., Fray, M. (2010) Space to care and treat in Neonatal Units as Task Ergonomic Envelopes, Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, 24, 3, 1-7.

  • Fray, M. et al (2011) Care Handling of Adults and children in Hospitals and Community Settings - A Code of Practice (2nd Edition). Published: Derbyshire Inter-Agency Group. Smith, J. Fray, M. Love, J (Eds) (2011) The Guide to the Handling of People (6th Edition) Backcare UK.