Confronting complexity: How systems engineering can be applied to healthcare, policy and industry [WEBINAR]



In this webinar, guest speaker Professor John Clarkson, Professor John ClarksonDirector of the Cambridge Engineering Design Centre and Co-Chair of Cambridge Public Health, will explain how systems thinking from engineering can be applied to almost any complex challenge, and discuss specific outcomes from his work on the Royal Academy of Engineering project ‘Engineering Better Care’.

John will discuss how the project helped to identify and shape better outcomes in health and social care, as well as how the approach can be used by policy makers and industry professionals.




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Why attend?

  • Discover how the project and resulting ‘Improving Improvement’ toolkit supports service design and continuous improvement.
  • Explore questions that will help you to address your complex challenges through a different lens.
  • Find out how the toolkit helps bring clarity to areas including assessing risk, inspiring better design and managing improvement.
  • Leave with a short template of questions that you can use to start thinking about the challenges you face by taking a systems approach.

Who should attend?

  • Healthcare professionals wanting to find out more about Engineering Better Care and understand how this approach can help to develop systems that meet the needs of patients, carers and NHS staff.
  • Policy makers and industry professionals wanting to find a different way of approaching challenges, learning from an expert in systems thinking.


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About this webinar

IfM draws on knowledge and expertise from both within our institution and through our networks across the University of Cambridge and beyond. Professor John Clarkson is a frequent IfM collaborator, working with us on a range of projects over many years, and we are pleased to present this insightful session as part of our IfM Focus on Healthcare webinar series.


Healthcare research at the IfM


IfM healthcare research and practice brings together expertise in manufacturing science, technology, management, digitalisation and service solutions to address the complete portfolio of challenges in the healthcare supply chains. Research projects range from clinical trial supply chains through manufacturing of drugs and medical devices all the way to developing service models and reconfiguring the healthcare supply chains.


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