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Professor Sue Hignett

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Associate Dean (Teaching)

Professor of Healthcare Ergonomics and Patient Safety

Professor Sue Hignett is the Associate Dean (Teaching) and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (FCIEHF), Certified European Ergonomist (Eur.Erg) and Chartered Physiotherapist (MCSP).

Prof. Hignett has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers on a wide range of human factors and ergonomics issues including hospital and ambulance design, emergency response, medical device evaluation, staff wellbeing and patient safety (e.g. mobility and falls).  She has received research funding from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC), Dept. of Health (UK), EU (Horizon 2020) and Industrial Sponsors.

Sue is the Chair of the Education & Training Panel (Professional Affairs Board) at the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors, and Editor for ‘Ergonomics’.  She is the past Chair of the International Ergonomics Association Technical Committee on Healthcare Ergonomics and a member of the Peer Review College of the EPSRC and a past member of the EPSRC General Engineering Strategic Advisory Team.

  • DSA105 Introduction to Ergonomics (Contributing Lecturer)
  • DSB106 Qualitative Methods (Module Organiser)
  • DSC100 Project module BSc Ergonomics (Module Organiser)
  • DSP103 Human Function (Contributing Lecturer)
  • DSP106 Data Collection and Analysis (Module Organiser)
  • DSP100 Project module MSc Ergonomics (Contributing Lecturer)
  • DSP119 Healthcare Ergonomics & Patient Safety (Contributing Lecturer)
  • DSI002  Professional Studies placement (Supervisor)
  • Hignett, S., Wolf, L., Taylor, E., Griffiths, P. (2015) Firefighting to Innovation: Using Human Factors & Ergonomics to tackle Slip, Trip and Fall Risks in Hospitals.  Human Factors doi: 10.1177/0018720815593642

  • Hignett, S., Jones, E., Miller, D., Wolf, L., Modi, C., Shahzad, MW, Banerjee, J., Buckle, P., Catchpole, K. (2015) Human Factors & Ergonomics and Quality Improvement Science: Integrating Approaches for Safety in Healthcare. BMJ Quality & Safety 24, 4, 250-254 

  • Hignett, S., Occhipinti, E., Battevi, N., Tamminen-Peter, L., Fray, M., Waaijer, E., H. Knibbe, M. Jäger. (2014)International Consensus on Manual Handling of People in the Healthcare Sector: Technical Report ISO/TR 12296 International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics 44, 1, 191-195

  • Hignett, S., Carayon, P., Buckle, P., Catchpole, K. (2013) State of Science: Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care. Ergonomics 56, 10, 1491-1503

  • Hignett S, Sands G, Fray MJ, Xanthopoulou D, Healey F, Griffiths P,  Which bed designs and patient characteristics increase bed rail use? Journal Age and Ageing, Volume 42, Pp. 531-535, Publication date 22 Mar 2013, DOI 10.1093/ageing/aft040