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Sue Hignett


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    I am Professor of Healthcare Ergonomics & Patient Safety and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (FCIEHF), Certified European Ergonomist (Eur.Erg) and Chartered Physiotherapist (MCSP).
    I have a clinical background and worked as a medical scientist, physiotherapist and professional Ergonomist for over 20 years in UK, Australia and New Zealand before joining Loughborough University in 2002.
    My interests focus on optimizing human well-being and overall system performance by understanding and designing interactions in health and social care systems. This has included work on wide range of Human Factors (Ergonomics) issues including hospital and ambulance design, emergency response, medical device evaluation, staff well-being and patient safety (e.g. mobility and falls)
    I am co-lead for the Human Factors & Ergonomics HUB (with Dr Thomas Jun and Dr Mike Fray). We offer accredited Human Factors/Ergonomics short courses to health & social care staff to look at safety challenges and design solutions that can be embedded in the complex healthcare systems
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    Loughborough University
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    Professor of Healthcare Ergonomics & Patient Safety

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    Why should I take this course? We believe that every healthcare and social care organisation should have ‘in-house’ knowledge in Human Factors. However, rather than having to return to university to take a postgraduate degree, the Learning Pathway offers an online work-based route to accredited Technical Specialist (Healthcare) status with the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors (CIEHF). How is it structured? There are three levels, with Level 1 free to NHS staff in England and Wales via Health Education England (HEE) and in Scotland via NHS Education for Scotlan