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What is UCHD?

UCHD stands for User-centred Healthcare Design. UCHD is a type of co-design, because we work alongside service users and providers to understand their experiences and stories and, together, find ways to improve things. UCHD is also the name of the team of researchers, designers and healthcare professionals who use this technique. We work within the NHS, and with NHS partners to find more innovative design methods which the NHS can use as part of its ongoing practice. We’re interested in how thinking about, and doing, design can help in three areas:
  • Improving existing services
  • Designing service innovations
  • Designing strategic change

Latest downloads

2013 RCN Research Conference
Dan attended this conference in Belfast and the poster he presented is now available for download.

Participatory Innovation Conference (PINC) 2011
Andy presented at the Participatory Innovation Conference (PINC) 2011 in Sønderborg, Denmark

Short Paper at the Participatory Design Conference 2010
UCHD will be presenting a short paper at the Participatory Design Conference 2010 in Sydney.

Design Research Conference, Spokane, Washington
Matt and Andy presented to the Design Research Conference in Spokane, Washington direct from Sheffield via a live weblink.

Presentation at CLAHRC 2010 Knowledge Exchange Event
Simon and Mark presented on “Co-designing Better Health” at the CLAHRC-SY knowledge exchange event in Sheffield.

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