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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.

Meet the team

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Our funders

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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