• 29 January 2015

    The HELIX Centre design studio was officially opened today when the team welcomed His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to the new pop-up studio at St Mary’s Hospital. His Royal Highness saw an exhibition of HELIX projects and was introduced to the multi-disciplinary team who designed them.

    HELIX Co-Director Lord Darzi, who accompanied Prince Charles on his visit said: ‘Today was a wonderful showcase of the unique contribution that HELIX makes to healthcare – bringing together design expertise, clinical knowledge and patient insight to address important challenges facing hospitals and the wider health system’.

    The design studio is an exciting development for HELIX and will function as both engagement and studio space. 

  • As part of the exhibition of HELIX projects, Gianpaolo Fusari, Senior Designer, presented a design-led approach to improving the uptake of bowel cancer screening. His Royal Highness was interested in the innovative approach to presenting the screening process and raising awareness of the programme. 

    Jane Hopkins, a member of the public who was involved in the design process met His Royal Highness and explained how the new kit would work and why many people don’t participate in the screening programme at the moment.

  • Dr Paul Thompson, Co-Director of HELIX and Rector of the Royal College of Art, said: “HELIX brings together design researchers and clinical staff to tackle the big demands today in healthcare. As with previous collaborations with Imperial College London, such as the redesign of the London NHS emergency ambulance, we know that real medical breakthroughs occur when people-centred design innovation and scientific rigour collide. It was wonderful to be able to showcase our work to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, particularly as his interest in healthcare is very much evidenced by his Patronage of many related charities and institutions.”

  • “Imperial College London collaborates with partners all over the world, and the HELIX is a wonderful example of our partnership with our closest neighbour, the Royal College of Art.”

    Professor Alice Gast, President of Imperial College London

  • "His Royal Highness seemed impressed by the building – the architects have created an inspiring space where the HELIX team and NHS staff and patients can work together, and Prince Charles wished us luck in our future work."

    Maja Kecman, ​Design Lead

  • "It was a pleasure to explain the value of co-production and see his genuine interest in the projects shown."

    ​Rebecca Kenny, Sister and Darzi Research Fellow