design in healthcare

We are an innovation lab working at the heart of healthcare.

In fact our studio sits within a major NHS Trust in London, giving us unparalleled access to patients, clinicians and staff

Our projects start with people and our briefs are shaped by research. We spend time with hundreds of patients and professionals, so we can learn by building working prototypes and quickly unlock opportunities for innovation. Our design teams define the characteristics required for a new product to achieve desirability, usability and feasibility.

Our work includes Helix Lab, a suite of internally driven healthcare innovation projects, and the Design Strategy Team, focussing on inter-organisational collaboration and education.

Hark clinical decisions support

Featured project: Hark: a clinical communication platform

This app was developed to help hospital teams manage tasks and patients more efficiently and safely. Hark was acquired by Google DeepMind.

We translate research into products that improve health outcomes

Our aspiration is that one third of the world’s population will benefit from solutions developed at the Helix Centre by the year 2030

"Helix is unique in combining the creativity of a digital studio and academic rigour of a clinical research lab with unparalleled access to the frontline of healthcare."

Daniel Dickens, MD of Helix Centre

Meet the team

Meet the rest of the team

Work with us

We’re looking for a talented product manager and people-centred leader to help bring our work in paediatrics and clinical decision support to life. Read more.

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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In Drawing on Your Own Experience, Matthew Harrison describes a workshop Helix delivered at the Wellcome Collection as part of the events program accompanying the exhibition - Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?