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Health by Design Information Transfer

We will create the best and quickest improvements in our Health by Design capabilities by increasing communication activities both within a design activity and between design activities. By developing together, we can share what works and avoid what doesn’t.

Our key aims should be to: build better health and wellbeing requirements; build better design solutions to meet them; and share this information to build better capability across participating organisations.

The need to share information within a design activity is not new. Designers must understand what a client wants, if they want their design outputs accepted. We believe we can improve management of Health by Design through better information development in a whole lifecycle approach to health. We must bring health professionals and those who will work later in the lifecycle of the project, service or product together as early as possible. This whole team needs to form the health and wellbeing requirements. This information feedback should be encouraged at every stage in the lifecycle; it will enable clients and designers to make informed health decisions based on both positive and negative experiences. We would also like to see clients recognise that the early goals of a healthy design, even when well gathered, can be lost if the intent and requirements are not transferred to later stages of a design and build activity, or are traded off for other requirements.

Alongside the lifecycle view we should develop better health and wellbeing requirements in the risk assessment phase of requirements gathering.

  • What number of risk assessment requirements refer to health as well as safety?  Is there a good balance?
  • Has enough been done to elicit health and wellbeing requirements from the types of stakeholder putting a design into use?
  • If we have good Health by Design requirements identified through risk assessment processes, have we now moved onto looking beyond legal requirements to consider the wellbeing of the users?
  • Once health and wellbeing requirements have been developed, do they have a sufficient level of importance to be adequately managed and do the actions put in to manage the requirements offering the best solution?

Solutions just relying on PPE and that would not meet Universal Design principles should be challenged prior to designs being accepted.

Figure 1 identifies the relationships discussed above, specifically it shows:

  • The need for detailed communication at the design stage
  • The need for gathering views throughout the lifecycle
  • The need to develop robust health and wellbeing requirements that go beyond legal health and safety requirements.
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In Figure 2 we build on those health and wellbeing needs for sharing information within a project. This highlights that organisations which share their experiences in gathering requirements and developing solutions during design, can accelerate learning and capability development across the community. This improves the image of the companies involved, their design capability and maturity, and benefits the whole rail system and the health of employees.

Information transfer image

Our key aims should be to: build better health and wellbeing requirements; build better design solutions to meet them; and share this information to build better capability across participating organisations.

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