Women in tech need employer action not International Women’s day lip service

Women in Tech face disadvantage

Women in Tech: What should companies be doing instead of paying lip-service to International Women’s day? Young women in tech might initially have a rosy outlook on the world they have entered, but this can change quickly. Here are some of the questions I was asked by my employer when I applied to reduce my hours after the birth of my first … Read More

Solutions for the Planet Big Ideas

This week I had the pleasure of taking part in the Big Ideas day run by Solutions for the Planet with Year 8 students from St Bede’s and St Joseph’s Catholic College in Bradford. Solutions for the Planet is a social enterprise, working with businesses, schools and communities to promote education for sustainable development, social enterprise, and science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers … Read More

Registered Human Factors Consultancy

We are proud to announce that Inspired Usability has been awarded the status of Registered Human Factors Consultancy by the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (or CIEHF). Inspired Usability is the only registered consultancy that is purely dedicated to medical device and combination product development. The CIEHF vision is “Ergonomics Everywhere: a world where ergonomics and human factors are recognised, value … Read More

MHRA Human Factors Guidance 2017

The MHRA Human Factors Guidance 2017 document has been published. Inspired Usability published an article summarising the guidance in Med-Tech Innovation News. An extended version of the article is shown below The MHRA recently released a guidance document on the human factors aspects of design for medical devices including those in drug-device combination products. The guidance is not a compliance requirement however states … Read More

Brain Scanning User Research

Inspired Usability is working with Unitive Design & Analysis on an Innovate UK funded feasibility study (see the press release here). As a user researcher I often get a chance to observe the use of medical devices and talk to the clinicians and patients who interact them. In order to get firsthand experience of a MEG scanner I volunteered to take part in part … Read More

Quantum Brain Imaging

Inspired Usability is proud to be involved in this exciting project with UDA. It’s not often you get a brain scan as part of your user research strategy but that is the plan.  See link for more details

A good start to 2017

I just received news that my application to become a Registered member of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors has been approved first time. I am now officially a “Chartered Ergonomist & Human Factors Specialist” and add the post-nominal C.ErgHF to my name. My application included a logbook describing 15 different projects representing key Human Factors work I … Read More

Inspired Usability in the news

Inspired Usability was featured in Medlink’s Winter publication. We ran a series of home base interviews for start-up company Konnektis.