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Dr Lauren Morgan has been interviewed by the National Health Executive magazine about the small but growing impact of her profession, human factors, on the NHS.

Human factors in practice

Dr Morgan, a lecturer and researcher in human factors and ergonomics at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, is thought to be the first human factors professional in the NHS to work directly within a trust on core system change projects.

Human factors is the scientific discipline concerned with the interactions between the human elements and the other elements of a system. That can include tools, technology, the environment in which people work, and the nature of the organisation itself.

The most recent project Dr Morgan and the QRSTU team in the department has focused on is new technology and processes to digitise the documentation of patients' vital signs, known as SEND (System for Electronic Notes Documentation).

Read the full article in the Jan/Feb 2016 edition of the National Health Executive by signing in or subscribing to the magazine.