We are an innovation lab working at the heart of healthcare.
We are an innovation lab working at the heart of healthcare.
In fact our design studio sits within a major NHS Trust in London, giving us unparalleled access to patients, clinicians and staff
We translate research into products that improve health outcomes
Latest news: End-of-life Care Toolkits for Carers at Home
Helix has designed a series of toolkits with Central North West London NHS Trust that are to be used by any and all NHS Trusts, community teams, care homes and hospices who have identified a need for reliable, informed tools to support the needs of dying people and their carers.
Stay active. Eat more greens and grains. Drink less alcohol. Detox from digital. Work fewer hours. Take up a hobby. …Plan my end of life care?
In a series of articles we’re sharing our recent findings, prototypes and headline conclusions from our latest end-of-life care work.
A modern death is a complex experience. We live in a time of long age. Never before have so many people lived for so long. However there is a downside.
Advance care planning is an empowering but emotionally challenging activity. And the more ways we have to help people do it, the better.
Can Graphic Design save your life? — The answer to this question posed by a major exhibition at the Wellcome Collection is yes, In so many ways!
"Helix is unique in combining world-class design talent, clinical expertise and academic research with unparalleled access to patients and the frontline."
Leila Shepherd, MD of Helix Centre
Meet the team
Lord Ara Darzi
Lord Darzi is a Professor of Surgery and Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London. Research led by Professor Darzi is directed towards achieving best surgical practice through innovation in surgery and enhancing patient safety and the quality of healthcare. In 2007, he was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health. Upon relinquishing this role within central government, Professor Darzi sat as the UK’s Global Ambassador for Health and Life Sciences until March 2013. Professor Darzi was appointed and remains a member of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council since June 2009.
Paul is the Rector of the Royal College of Art (RCA). Prior to 2009, he was Director of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York, where he initiated ‘Design for the Other 90%’, a programme exploring sustainable design solutions for the developing world. He is a Trustee of the Victoria & Albert Museum and sits on the Ashmolean Museum Board of Visitors. He is also a member of the Programme Advisory Committee of the Wellcome Collection, Wellcome Trust.
Leila has nearly 20 years' experience in developing and scaling healthcare technology from concept to launch. Prior to joining Helix, she was part of the executive management team at NHS Digital where she led key national delivery initiatives as part of the Covid response, as well as shaping the strategy for delivery of digital and data architecture for the NHS. Before this, she was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, leading multi-disciplinary teams to deliver tangible impact in areas including wearables, advanced analytics, and commercial strategy. Leila began her career as CTO of Imperial spin-out DNA Electronics, a developer of point-of-care diagnostics. She has a PhD in Electronic Engineering, holds multiple patents, and has extensively published novel analytical techniques in high-impact journals.
Interaction & Communication Designer
Pip is currently working on a range of human-centred projects in public engagement, research and education across the Institute of Global Health Innovation (IGHI) and NHS partners. She also leads the design workstream of Climate Cares, a IGHI-Grantham Institute multidisciplinary program, which aims to understand and support mental health in our changing climate. Pip’s research focus is co-designing experiences, services and products that help to shift mindsets and equip communities to become resilient in times of crisis. Prior to working at Helix and IGHI, she trained as a UX/UI designer at a digital product design agency, Ostmodern, specialising in VOD platforms, then went on to work for a range of digital healthcare startups. Pip also completed an MRes in Healthcare & Design at RCA, where she co-designed probes to reduce anxiety in children undergoing surgery.
Imogen is a clinical advisor for the end-of-life care projects, and Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care at CNWL NHS Trust. She was previously Clinical Nurse Specialist at the national referral centre for an inherited neurological disease known as Neurofibromatosis and The National Prion Clinic, and an Outreach Nurse for Kala Azar project Fulbaria, Bangladesh with Medecins Sans Frontieres and Specialist A&E Nurse for the Royal London Hospital.
Gianpaolo is an Industrial Designer with over 10 years experience in product design and development in healthcare. Since joining Helix, Gianpaolo has applied his product design skills in different projects including improving uptake to bowel cancer screening and reducing pressure ulcers caused by oxygen therapies. He currently leads our work in neurorehabilitation where he is working with stroke survivors and clinicians to develop solutions to improve arm rehabilitation. Before joining Helix he was a Senior Research Associate at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design where he led the design work on the award-winning redesign of the UK ambulance. Gianpaolo holds a joint MA/MSc from the RCA and Imperial.
Alice is a designer working on a variety of projects at Helix bringing a practical approach to user centred design. She is working with Sussex Integrated Care System on developments to their shared care record and with the London Office for Technology and Innovation on an intervention to reduce isolation amongst people living with dementia. Alice has also co-ordinated the Healthcare and Design Masters module run by Helix for students at RCA & Imperial. Prior to joining Helix Alice worked at the BBC, designing digital tools for content creators and experiences for audiences that help them find the most interesting things within the BBC for them.Alice studied BSc Product Design and Management, culminating in the design of a Mascara package that does not rely on vision in order to apply cosmetics.
Head of Design Strategy
Ben is a strategic innovation and design specialist, with over 20 years of experience across industry and the public sector. He has a deep, practical understanding of people-centred design methods and operations. In his previous role as Head of Design at Innovate UK (part of UKRI), Ben authored that organisation’s national Design in Innovation Strategy, and was responsible for the creation and delivery of a £25m+ portfolio of funding and support programmes, helping hundreds of organisations across all sectors benefit of excellent, people-centred design. Prior to his work in the public sector, Ben was a director and principle designer at Alloy, a multi-disciplinary design consultancy. Working with a broad range of clients, he’s designed WiFi routers, TV cameras, pregnancy test kits, video editing software and in-store banking experiences - to name just a few!
Matthew is a theme lead and Senior Designer, and the Human-Centred Design Lead in the UK DRI Care Research & Technology Centre (CR&T). He brings over a decade of experience in conducting participatory design projects in challenging areas of healthcare, including a clinical task management platform (bought by Google DeepMind), an Advance Care Planning Platform (SBRI Healthcare), the ReSPECT process (used throughout UK), and an emergency paediatric clinical decision support tool (Dosium). Since 2019, he has focussed on designing with people affected by dementia. He works across CR&T to bring public and participant input into the development of software interfaces and devices from Imperial's labs. During the pandemic he developed techniques to co-design with participants online, resulting in Community Makers, and a LOTI funded project.
Sophie is a human-centred designer and researcher focused on intuitive and inclusive design of products and services to improve quality of life. She has worked and studied internationally across UK, Hong Kong, Tokyo and New York, bringing a global perspective to social design challenges. Previous experience has led her to work with clients including Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Kering, Design Trust and exhibiting works at Salone del Mobile and London Craft Week. Sophie worked on third-sector projects across these locations, bringing a sensitivity towards local culture and community to her design approach. She holds an MA/MSc in Global Innovation Design from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London.
Anna is the Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Lead at the Institute of Global Health Innovation. Anna works across the IGHI (including the NIHR Imperial Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (PSTRC), the Helix Centre for Design and the Centre for Health Policy) to support the meaningful involvement of patients, carers and public in research. Anna sits in the Design Strategy Team (DST), who also work in a cross-cutting way with researchers, clinicians and patients across the IGHI. Anna and the DST are looking to engage and involve the public in innovative ways around complex topics including data sharing (www.datacanofworms) and hearing loss (www.hearingbirdsong.com).
Clare is a qualified Social Worker with professional experience working in both hospital and community care settings. Clare works in behavioural science as part of Change Lab, as well as within product innovation at Helix. Clare was recently PPIE Lead (maternity cover) at Helix and is experienced in managing Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) through interagency working between the NHS and charity sector. Clare completed a MSc in Global Health at Maastricht University, and led an evidence-informed public health project in Bogotá, Colombia. Clare works across the IGHI and sits in Helix's Design Strategy Team, working in a cross-cutting way with researchers, clinicians and patients across the institute. Clare is passionate about a holistic, person-centred and social justice approach to health.
Dr. Fiona O'Driscoll
Fiona is a qualified doctor from Trinity College Dublin with a background in management consulting who brings this unique combination of experience to her role as Data Health Policy Fellow, always ensuring that the patient is at the centre of all the work that she does. Prior to joining the Helix Centre, Fiona worked at Accenture on a broad range of projects with public and private sector healthcare clients. Fiona is currently completing a MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Senior Software Engineer
Brian works with clinicians and designers to build products across mobile, desktop and server-side. He has gained lead development experience in both start up companies and larger organisations, and has a particular interest in applications that seamlessly integrate sensor and wearable data to provide a great user experience. Brian strongly believes that technology can change human life for the better.
Ivor is a designer, developing new ways of thinking about and experiencing death and dying in the 21st century. His expertise includes design research, communication and product design. He leads the end-of-life care project at the Helix Centre, and co-founded the first Helix Centre spin-out venture, Digital Care Planning. He co-leads the development of Cove, a flagship mental health app available on the NHS, with his social tech company Humane Engineering. He is visiting lecturer at Imperial College London, and was visiting professor of Information Design at the University of Venice from 2014–2016. Prior to joining Helix, Ivor was an art director at Tellart and studio director at the Italian research centre, Fabrica.
Our work relies on funding from a range of funders across UK Research and Innovation, grants from healthcare innovation funds, and generous philanthropic donations.
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