Impact report: chapter 3

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15/07/2020

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In recent years there has been an awakening in the public sector to the value of design, as the sector is required to deliver complex services with fewer resources. Design Council has been playing a major role in helping local authorities across the UK to use design to reshape key services and develop new products.

In the last year alone, we helped 1,000 people across 42 local authorities to understand, learn and apply design skills to their challenges. This third chapter in our Making life better by design series shows Design Council's notable success in this area. We focus on initiatives such as our popular public sector innovation programme, in which 93% of participants last year went on to share their design skillsets and mindsets with colleagues.

In this chapter, you will find information on:

Case Study: Improving the A&E experience

Violence in our A&Es costs the NHS at least £69m a year in staff absences alone, with as many as 59,000 physical assaults on staff a year. A normal response would have been to install glass screens and security guards at reception. But by taking a different design-led approach in three hospitals, new measures were put in place which cut reported threatening body language and aggressive behaviour by 50%, and improved patient experience. Find out more here

News & opinion

100 days to COP26 It’s 100 days to go until COP26 - the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference - and the most important summit on climate change in a generation. It’s 100 days to go until COP26 - the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference - and the most important summit on climate change in a g

News — 23/07/2021

Invitation to tender: research on the social, environmental and economic value of design Design Council is inviting proposals to deliver research exploring the social, environmental and economic value of design to the UK. Through a series of three tenders, we are seeking to commission research organisations or consortia to deliver one or more work packages set out below. Design Council is inviting proposals to deliver research exploring the social, environmental and economic value of design to the UK.

News — 08/07/2021

Tender opportunity for production team We are looking for a production team to produce a 2-day Design x Climate Festival alongside COP26 at Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park (date tbc but between 7-12 November), which brings together designers from across disciplines, regions of the UK and different types of diverse backgrounds... We are looking for a production team to produce a 2-day Design x Climate Festival alongside COP26 at Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park

News — 01/07/2021

Tender opportunity for film-makers We are looking for a powerful film as part of a campaign to show the pivotal role of design in addressing the climate crisis. We are looking for a powerful film as part of a campaign to show the pivotal role of design in addressing the climate crisis.

News — 01/07/2021

Design in the Public Sector ‘Climate Action’ Final Showcase  The Design in the Public Sector programme, delivered in partnership with the Local Government Association, supports public sector leaders to explore key challenges affecting their local communities and identify innovative opportunities to deliver positive and sustainable change. The Design in the Public Sector programme, delivered in partnership with the Local Government Association, supports public sector leaders...

News — 27/05/2021

Designing for net zero is not ambitious enough warns Design Council Design Council launches new framework enabling designers to respond more effectively to climate crisis and other systemic challenges. Design Council launches new framework enabling designers to respond more effectively to climate crisis and other systemic challenges.

News — 22/04/2021

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