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Improving health and healthcare for all, with design.

We design products and services that address challenges and unmet needs in health and healthcare.

We do this by putting people and their needs at the centre of our collaborative design process.

Our process includes evaluation of new ideas through user testing and clinical trials, to ensure that they lead to better outcomes, experiences and equity.

We extend our impact by educating researchers and healthcare leaders in our methods, and fully believe in the power of sharing.

Who we are

The Helix Centre is a research lab for design and health co-founded by two world-renowned universities, Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art. We are a multi-disciplinary team of designers, behavioural scientists, technologists, clinical experts, and public involvement professionals.

Uniquely located at St Mary's Hospital in London, we have strong relationships with staff, patients and diverse communities, who we work alongside to ensure that people and their needs are at the centre of everything we do.

Our work includes multi-year, cutting-edge scientific research programmes that allow us to develop deep expertise, as well as shorter-term project work for healthcare organisations wanting to address high-priority challenges.

Who we work with

There are a range of ways to work with the Helix Centre, from funded research collaborations through to direct commissions of project-based work.

We aim to ensure that our work has a clear path to impact, puts people at the centre of the approach, builds on our existing portfolio and expertise, and strengthens our relationships with local communities, patient groups or staff.

If you have a project opportunity that meets the criteria above then feel free to contact us on

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