Department of Care

The Department of Care exhibition, created by my PhD student Dan Carey, poses an urgent question:

“How can we make health and social care better?”

Demand for support from the NHS, local authorities, and charities is higher than ever – but their funding has been repeatedly slashed. How can we design innovative solutions to the many problems we currently face, as well as those we will face in the future? How can these services be changed and improved when additional investment is no longer available?
The Department of Care is a public space to address to most pressing issues faced by formal and informal support networks in the North East. This exhibition will start off as an empty space, ready for you to fill it with your ideas. We will offer prompts and provocations to help you design the health and social care services you think the region needs. We need all interested parties – carers, patients, artists, social workers, healthcare professionals, and the general public – to come to the exhibition and create your own collaborative and innovative responses to this issue.
Please come along to the exhibition and spread the word amongst your friends and colleagues.
There will be talks, workshops, group discussions, videos, coffee mornings, and other events throughout the exhibition.

Follow us on Twitter @DeptofCare

NewBridge Project Exhibition Space, Newcastle upon Tyne
1st – 13th February (noon – 6pm Mon-Sun)
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About paulrodgersdesign

I am Professor of Design Issues at Northumbria University School of Design. I hold undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Design from Middlesex University,London, and a PhD in Product Design Assessment from the University of Westminster, London. My research explores the discipline of design and how disruptive design interventions can enact positive change in health and social care and elsewhere.

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