PDD sponsors women’s London football team, Brockwell United

PDD is delighted to announce that it is sponsoring a newly formed women’s football team based in the heart of trendy south London, Brixton. Coached by PDD’s multi-talented Senior Human Factors consultant Nick Choofon, we’re expecting to see big things from Brockwell United this year. Nick explains why…

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Human Factors: The importance of exposure to the end user

When previously working as a design engineer for a medical device manufacturer I was not always exposed to the end user of the device I was developing. Due to the pressure on resources, time required to arrange testing or the complexity of negotiating hospital access this activity was frequently put on hold.

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How much Human Factors Usability is needed to prove a device is safe, effective and usable?

In my career I have been lucky enough to gain varying perspectives on the role of usability during the development of medical devices. I’ve worked as part of a design team with a responsibility for concept generation, preliminary research and detailed design. I’ve also worked as part of a human factors team with a broader remit for integrating human factors process across an organisation. One thing experience has taught me is that there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to usability work.

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