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9 Oct 2017

Professor Sue Hignett to give inaugural lecture

Professor Sue Hignett, Associate Dean (Teaching) and Professor of Healthcare Ergonomics and Patient Safety at the University’s Design School, will deliver her inaugural lecture on Wednesday 18 October.

The event, entitled ‘How to make a cup of tea… and make Healthcare safer’, will discuss how to get into an ambulance, go to the toilet in hospital, prepare for an operation, replace a hip joint and finally, find belongings after a CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) incident.

These are all examples of interactions between people (workers and patients) and ‘things’. The science of Human Factors (Ergonomics) is used to analyse and design ‘systems’ and ‘things’ to support people to succeed within their capabilities and limitations.

This helps to create user-friendly devices, environments and systems, and supports safer healthcare. 

Professor Sue Hignett is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors, Certified European Ergonomist and Chartered Physiotherapist. She has over 150 published peer-reviewed papers that cover a vast range of ergonomics issues and human factors including hospital and ambulance design, emergency response, medical device evaluation, staff wellbeing and patient safety.

The lecture will begin at 5pm in Lecture Theatre LDS.0.17 in the Design School, although doors will open at 4:30pm for refreshments.

It is free to attend but booking is required. To book your place, click here.

For more information on the lecture, please contact Claire Fletcher on