Role: Group leader
Department: Engineering, Department of
Organisation: University of Cambridge
Interests: Medical devices
John Clarkson, Deputy Chair of the PublicHealth@Cambridge Network, is first author of the report "Engineering better care: a systems approach to health and care design and continuous improvement".
There have been numerous calls to implement a more holistic systems approach to transform health and care to address the needs of a changing patient population. Engineers routinely use a systems approach to address challenging problems in complex projects. This allows them to work through the implications of each change or decision they make for the project as a whole. They consider the layout of the system, defining all the elements and interconnections, to ensure that the whole system performs as required. This report was co-produced with engineers, clinicians, and healthcare leaders, to explore how an engineering approach could be applied in health and social care to develop systems that meet the needs of patients, carers and NHS staff. It presents a new framework to support ongoing work in service design and improvement in health and care.