I am a researcher in Lab4Living, an interdisciplinary research cluster where I am Senior Research Fellow in Healthcare Innovation.
I am a design engineer with a broad experience, industrial and academic, of applying technical and creative design methods in developing interventions with a focus on the healthcare sector. My experience is user centric, using inclusive and participatory design methods along with numerical engineering, experimental methods, prototyping and user testing. My work is by nature interdisciplinary and applied, working with clinicians, industry and users to co-develop interventions, test them, implement them and evaluate them. I am testing out models for open innovation as a means to break down market failure barriers to innovation in some healthcare markets.
I have developed close partnerships and networks across different boundaries with a secondment in NIHR Devices for Dignity HTC, an NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowship hosted by NIHR CLAHRC YH, an honorary contract with Sheffield Children's Hospital and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, a founding member of the TITCH (Technology and Innovation Transforming Child Health) network that includes Great Ormond St and Alder Hey, a member of the Research and Innovation Board and Sheffield Children Hospital and membership of HealthTech Sheffield (the HealthTech industrial sector committee (one of 7 industrial sectors) for the Sheffield City Region (SCR) Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)).
I have engaged with the Product and Graphic Design teaching courses, developing and embedding a group project module in creative design for healthcare that places students in clinical contexts in the local hospitals. I also mentor final year students from both Occupational Therapy and Design Courses.
I am a named inventor on two patents for a medical orthotic and a bedside male urinal and I am on the organising committee for the Design4Health Conference, Exhibition and 24-hour Design Challenge.
I am also qualified in the Sheffield Microsystems Coaching Academy hosted by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust and funded by The Health Foundation. As part of the training I am providing Microsystems Service Improvement Coaching work to the Metabolic Bone Centre clinical Microsystems.
Healthcare Innovation, Participatory Design, Co-creation, Knowledge Mobilisation, Paediatric Healthcare Technologies
Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences
- Art and Design Research Centre
- Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute
CI NIHR, i4i programme, 2015 for 3 years (£575000) ‘Support4all: developing a dignity support bra for breast cancer radiotherapy treatment’
PI NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowship, 2014, 3 years (£222800)
Pancani, S., Rowson, J., Tindale, W., Heron, N., Langley, J., Quinn, A., Read, H., Stanton, A., McCarthy, A., Shaw, P., McDermott, C. Mazzá, C., In Press, 'Assessment of the Sheffield Support Snood, an innovative cervical orthosis designed for people affected by neck weakness', Clinical Biomechanics (2015)
Reed, H., Langley, J., Stanton, A., Heron, N., Clarke, Z., Judge, S., McCarthy, A., Quinn, A., Squire, G., Wells, O., Tindale, W., Baxter, S., Shaw, P., McDermott, C., 2015 'Head-Up; an interdisciplinary, participatory and co-design process informing the development of a novel neck support for people living with progressive neck muscle weakness with an initial focus on those motor neurone disease', Journal of Medical Engineering and Technology, 39:7, 404-410
Baxter, S., Reed, H., Clarke, Z., Judge, S., Heron, N., McCarthy, A., Langley, J., Stanton, A., Wells, O., Squire, G., Quinn, A., Shaw, P., McDermott, C. In Press, 'Evaluating a novel cervical otrhosis to support neck weakness in patients with motor neurone disease'. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
Wolstenholme, D., Downes, T., Leaver, J., Partridge, R. and Langley, J., 2014. 'Improving self-efficacy in spinal cord injury patients through "design thinking" rehabilitation workshops'. British Medical Journal Quality Improvement Reports, 3 (1)
‘Design Practice in Healthcare’ – CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber Implementation Showcase, Friday 6th March 2015, Plaza Hotel, Leeds
‘Bringing Design Practice into Healthcare’ – Health Foundation Co-Production Summit, Wednesday the 11th March 2015, Bangor University
Invited presentation and workshop – Langley, J., ‘Thinking with your hands: Participatory design and creative practices as knowledge co-creation’, PenCLAHRC Seminar Series on Implementation and Knowledge Mobilisation Research, Monday 2nd November 2015, The University of Exeter
Invited WebEx presentation – Langley, J., Wolstenholme, D., Craig, C. and Chamberlain, P., ‘Engagingaging – meaningful participation of older people in research and innovation’, Innovation Learning Network Ageing Series (part of the ‘Virtual Thursday’ programme), August 20th 2015
Healthcare Innovation Workshop at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Jan 14th-16th, 2015
Lego Serious Play workshop – Exploring the meaning of Citizenship for people living with Dementia, 27th October, The University of Sheffield
Lego Serious Play workshop – Exploring future enabling technology for people with Peripheral Neuropathy, 13th October 2015, The University of Sheffield
‘Service Improvement by Design’ STH Leadership Forum, Friday 17th July 2015, The University of Sheffield
‘Service Improvement by Design’, Sheffield MCA Expo, 1st-2nd June 2015, Sheffield Hallam University
Lego Serious Play workshop – Exploring team strategy with Community Care Team, 14th May 2015, North Anston
‘Participatory Healthcare Innovation’, Ageing Actively, Wednesday 13th May 2015, Sheffield Hallam University
‘Design Impact’, Health Services Research Network Winter Meeting ‘IMPACT’ 2015, Swansea, October 2015
‘Design Space’ exhibition, Health Services Research Network Symposium 2015, Nottingham, June 2015
‘Design Space’ exhibition, Health Services Research Network Symposium 2014, Nottingham, June 2014
‘Head-Up’; Design4Health Conference and Exhibition, July 2013 - winner of best exhibit as judged by a panel of independent and international judges drawn from the keynote speakers excluding the hosts and organisers
SPRONSON, Lise, PRYDE, Liz, REED, Heath, SQUIRE, Gill, STANTON, Andrew, LANGLEY, Joe, BRIGGS, Moya, BINDLE, Philip, SANDERS, Rod and MCDERMOTT, Christopher (2017). P30 - Patient involvement at every stage: design and coproduction of the Head Up neck support collar. Research Involvement and Engagement, 3 (Suppl1), p. 27.
GOODWIN, Victoria, DULAKE, Nick and LANGLEY, Joe (2017). Vertebral fragility fractures: co-designing solutions to promote independence and quality of life based on the needs of service users. In: Fragility Fracture Network Conference, Malmo, Sweden, 23rd-26th Aug 2017. (Unpublished)
LANGLEY, Joe, PANCANI, Silvia, KILNER, Karen, REED, Heath, STANTON, Andrew, HERON, Nicola, JUDGE, Simon, MCCARTHY, Avril, BAXTER, Susan, MAZZA, Claudia and MCDERMOTT, Christopher J. (2017). A comfort assessment of existing cervical orthoses. Ergonomics. (In Press)
COOKE, J, LANGLEY, Joe, WOLSTENHOLME, D and HAMPSHAW, S (2017). 'Seeing' the Difference: The Importance of Visibility and Action as a Mark of 'Authenticity' in Co-production ; Comment on “Collaboration and Co-production of Knowledge in Healthcare: Opportunities and Challenges”. International Journal of Health Policy Management, 6 (6), 345-348.
GWILT, Ian, LANGLEY, Joe, PARTRIDGE, Rebecca, DAVIS, Suzanne, WOODWARD, Leanne and SPOONER, Ally (2017). Pain Talking: exploring the experience, expression and description of chronic pain through creative processes and visualisation strategies. In: KUNG, Cecile, LARN, Elita and LEE, Yanki, (eds.) Open design for E-very-thing. Cumulus Hong Kong 2016 , 21-24 November 2016 Hong Kong Design Institute. Cumulus working papers (33/16). Hong Kong, Hong Kong Design Institute, 225-229.
LANGLEY, Joe, WOLSTENHOLME, Dan and PARTRIDGE, Rebecca (2016). How to involve people in authentic and meaningful co-production – using Lego. In: Science of Improvement Conference, Harrogate, 21-22/11/2016. (Unpublished)
REED, Heath, STANTON, Andrew and LANGLEY, Joe (2016). Empathetic design research and development in practice; co-development of an innovative head and neck support for people with Motor Neurone Disease. In: Cumulus Hong Kong 2016 : Open Design for E-very-thing – exploring new design purposes. Hong Kong Design Institute.
LANGLEY, Joe (2016). Head-Up; a case study of participatory design as knowledge synthesis. In: Knowledge Utilisation Colloquium 2016, Llandudno, Wales, 29th June - 1st June 2016. (Unpublished)
LANGLEY, Joe (2016). Participatory design : co-creation | co-production | co-design combining imaging and knowledge. In: Knowledge Utilisation Colloquium, Llandudno, Wales, 29/06/2016 - 01/07/2016. (Unpublished)
ROSBOTTOM, Keeley, PROBST, Heidi, CHOPPIN, Simon, BRAGG, Christopher Mark, COLLINS, Karen, CRANK, Helen, REED, Heath, STANTON, Andrew and LANGLEY, Joe (2016). Using 3D stereophotogrammetry to evaluate the stability, and positional accuracy of a breast immobilisation device. In: UK Radiation Oncology Conference, Liverpool, 6-8 June 2016. (Unpublished)
BAXTER, S, REED, H, CLARKE, Z, JUDGE, S, HERON, N, MCCARTHY, A, LANGLEY, Joe, STANTON, Andrew, WELLS, O, SQUIRE, G, QUINN, A, SHAW, P and MCDERMOTT, C (2016). Evaluating a novel cervical orthosis, the Sheffield Support Snood, in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/motor neuron disease with neck weakness. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration, 17 (5-6), 436-442.
PANCANI, Silvia, ROWSON, Jennifer, TINDALE, Wendy, HERON, Nicola, LANGLEY, Joe, MCCARTHY, Avril D., QUINN, Ann, REED, Heath, STANTON, Andrew, SHAW, Pamela J., MCDERMOTT, Christopher J. and MAZZA, Claudia (2015). Assessment of the Sheffield Support Snood, an innovative cervical orthosis designed for people affected by neck weakness. Clinical Biomechanics, 32, 201-206.
ELDER, C, DE SILVA, S, AKBARIAN-TEFAGHI, L, LANGLEY, J and WRIGHT, N (2015). Inter and intra-Rater Reliability of Accuracy of Testicular volume Evaluation (IRRATE): a simulation study. In: Meeting of the British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, Sheffield, 25-27 November 2015.
LANGLEY, Joe (2015). Thinking with your hands : participatory design and creative practices as knowledge co-creation. In: PenCLAHRC Seminar Series on Implementation and Knowledge Research, University of Exeter, 02/11/2015. (Unpublished)
REED, Heath, LANGLEY, Joe, STANTON, Andrew, HERON, Nicola, CLARKE, Zoe, JUDGE, Simon, MCCARTHY, Avril, SQUIRE, Gill, QUINN, Ann, WELLS, Oliver, TINDALE, Wendy, BAXTER, Susan, SHAW, Pamela J and MCDERMOTT, Christopher J (2015). Head up ; an interdisciplinary, participatory and co-design process informing the development of a novel neck support for people living with progressive neck muscle weakness. Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology, 39 (7), 404-410.
LANGLEY, Joe, WOLSTENHOLME, Dan, CRAIG, Claire and CHAMBERLAIN, Paul (2015). EngagingAging : meaningful participation for older people in research and innovation. In: Innovation Learning Network Ageing Series (part of the Virtual Thursday programme), 20/08/2015. (Unpublished)
LANGLEY, Joe, PARTRIDGE, Rebecca, GRIFFITHS, Paul and VARNEY, Emma (2015). Service improvement by design. In: STH Leadership Forum, University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University, 17/07/2015. (Unpublished)
LANGLEY, J and DIMITRI, P (2015). A paediatric technology innovation network and pipeline. In: Family Health: Embracing Technologies for Professionals and Families - Smart Care in Paediatrics Workshop, London, 13/02/2015. (In Press)
LANGLEY, Joe and WOLSTENHOLME, Dan (2015). Designing in health: lessons and opportunities from the UK Health Service. In: Design in Health Innovation, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, 15/01/2015. (Unpublished)
University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals (2015). Neck Orthosis. GB2516725 (A) ― 2015-02-04.
LANGLEY, Joseph (2015). Using design to mobilise knowledge from health research into practice. In: CHRISTER, Kirsty, (ed.) Design4Health 2015. Proceedings of the 3rd European Conference in Design4Health. Sheffiled 13-16th July 2015. Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University.
WOLSTENHOLME, Daniel, DOWNES, Tom, LEAVER, Jackie, PARTRIDGE, Rebecca and LANGLEY, Joseph (2014). Improving self-efficacy in spinal cord injury patients through "design thinking" rehabilitation workshops. BMJ Quality Improvement Reports, 3 (1).
REED, Heath, STANTON, Andrew and LANGLEY, Joe (2014). Co-design and development of a specific cervical orthosis to support neck weakness due to neurological disease. In: National MND Conference 2014, Gold Coast, Australia, 8 September 2014.
REED, Heath, STANTON, Andrew and LANGLEY, Joe (2014). Head Up, ‘Co-designing of novel neck orthosis for MND Patients’. In: 25th International Conference on ALS/MND, Brussels, 5 - 7 December 2014.
MCDERMOTT, CJ, BAXTER, S, REED, H, CLARKE, Z, HERON, N, LANGLEY, J, QUINN, A, SQUIRE, G, STANTON, A and SHAW, PJ (2014). The impact of neck weakness and experiences of using neck orthoses in people with motor neuron disease. In: 25th International Conference on ALS/MND, Brussels, 5 - 7 December 2014.
CRAIG, Claire, GWILT, Ian, LANGLEY, Joe and PARTRIDGE, Rebecca (2013). Thinking through design and rehabilitation. In: ENCARNAÇÃO, Pedro, AZEVEDO, Luís, GELDERBLOM, Gert Jan, NEWELL, Alan and MATHIASSEN, Niels-Erik, (eds.) Assistive technology : from research to practice. AAATE 2013. Assistive Technology Research Series (33). IOS Press, 798-803.
LANGLEY, Joe, REED, Heath, STANTON, Andrew, MCDERMOTT, Chris, HERON, Nicola, CLARKE, Zoe, JUDGE, Simon and SHAW, Pamela (2012). Head-Up : co-designing novel neck orthosis for neck weakness in MND. In: RAatE 2012, University of Warwick, 26 November 2012. Coventry University HDTI.
LANGLEY, Joe, LE MAITRE, Christine, VERNON-PARRY, Karen, LOCKLEY, Eleanor, WESTERMAN, Julie, SMITH, J, WHEAT, Jonathan and CHOPPIN, Simon (2012). Being interdisciplinary..... creating a culture for the academics of tomorrow. In: Understanding Interdisciplinarity: theory and practice - An International Conference, Sheffield, 12-14 June 2012. (Unpublished)
LANGLEY, Joe (2012). Is green a grey area? sustainability and inclusivity: recycling and the ageing population. The Design Journal, 15 (1), 33-56.
CLARKE, Zoe, LANGLEY, Joseph, JUDGE, Simon, HAWLEY, Mark, HOSKING, Ian and HERON, Nicola (2011). User involvement in the early development of assistive technology devices. In: Everyday Technology for Independence and Care - AAATE 2011. Assistive technology research series (29). IOS Press, 362-373.
LANGLEY, Joseph, YOXALL, Alaster, CRAIG, Claire and REED, Heath (2011). Assisted Services - Physical support or psychological blow? In: Design 4 Health European Conference and Exhibition, Sheffield, UK, July 13-15.
LANGLEY, Joseph, YOXALL, Alaster, REED, Heath and KUHLMANN, Stephan (2011). Is green a grey area? Sustainability and inclusivity; the ageing population and recycling. In: Include 2011 proceedings. RCA.
LANGLEY, Joe, YOXALL, Alaster, HEPPELL, Geoff, RODRIGUEZ-FALCON, Elena, BRADBURY, Steve, LEWIS, Roger, LUXMOORE, Joe, HODZIC, Alma and ROWSON, Jenn (2010). Food for Thought? - A UK pilot study testing a methodology for compositional domestic food waste analysis. Waste Management & Research, 28 (3), 220-227.
YOXALL, Alaster, LANGLEY, Joe, JANSON, Rob, LEWIS, Roger, WEARN, Jenn, HAYES, Simon and BIX, Laura (2010). How wide do you want the jar? The effect of diameter on opening of wide-mouth closure. Packaging Technology and Science, 23 (1), 11-18.
YOXALL, Alaster, LANGLEY, Joe, JANSON, R., LEWIS, R., HAYES, S. A. and BIX, L. (2010). How wide do you want the jar?: The effect on diameter for ease of opening for wide-mouth closures. Packaging Technology and Science, 23 (1), 11-18.
YOXALL, Alaster, LANGLEY, Joe, MUSSELWHITE, C, RODRIGUEZ-FALCON, E.M. and ROWSON, J (2010). Husband, daughter, son and postman, hot-water, knife and towel : assistive strategies for jar opening. In: LANGDON, P, CLARKSON, P.J. and ROBINSON, P, (eds.) Designing inclusive interactions : inclusive interations between people and products in their contexts of use. Springer-Verlag, 187-196.
ROWSON, J, LANGLEY, Joe, KAMAT, S. R. and YOXALL, Alaster (2010). Squeezability. Part 2: getting stuff out of a bottle. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, 224 (6), 1261-1271.
YOXALL, Alaster, LANGLEY, Joe, LUXMOORE, J., JANSON, R., TAYLOR, J. C. and ROWSON, J. (2010). Understanding the use of tools for opening packaging. Universal Access in the Information Society, 9 (3), 273-281.
LANGLEY, Joe, YOXALL, Alaster, MANSON, Graeme, LEWIS, Walter, WATERHOUSE, Alison, THELWALL, David, THELWALL, Sarah, PARRY, Andrew and LEECH, Barbara (2009). The use of uncertainty analysis as a food waste estimation tool. Waste Management & Research, 27 (3), 199-206.
YOXALL, Alaster, LUXMOORE, Joe, LANGLEY, Joe and JANSON, Rob (2008). Size does matter: further studies in hand-pack interaction using computer simulation. Packaging Technology and Science, 21 (2), 61-72.
YOXALL, Alaster, LANGLEY, Joe, LUXMOORE, J., JANSON, R., TAYLOR, J.C. and ROWSON, J. (2008). Help or Hindrance: The Use of Tools for Opening Packaging. In: LANGDON, Patrick, CLARKSON, John and ROBINSON, Peter, (eds.) Designing Inclusive Futures. London, Springer, 65-74.
YOXALL, Alaster, LUXMOORE, J., ROWSON, J., LANGLEY, Joe and JANSON, R. (2008). Size does matter: further studies in hand–pack interaction using computer simulation. Packaging Technology and Science, 21 (2), 61-72.
YOXALL, Alaster, LANGLEY, Joe, JANSON, R., WEARN, J. and MANSON, G. (2006). The use of uncertainty analysis for the design of container closures. Packaging Technology and Science, 19 (3), 139-147.
LANGLEY, Joseph, YOXALL, Alaster, JANSON, Rob and WEARN, Jenny (2005). The 'inclusive engineering' approach: an optimum diameter for ease of opening. In: 22nd IAPRI Symposium on Packaging, Campinas, May 22-25.
LANGLEY, Joe, JANSON, R., WEARN, J. and YOXALL, Alaster (2005). ‘Inclusive’ design for containers: improving openability. Packaging Technology and Science, 18 (6), 285-293.
LANGLEY, Joseph, YOXALL, Alaster, WEARN, Jenny and JANSON, Rob (2004). Inclusive design: making packaging easier to open for all. In: 14th IAPRI World Conference on Packaging, Stockholm, June 13-16 2004.
Honorary Research Fellow at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals
Honorary Research Fellow at Sheffield Children’s Hospital
Member of Research and Innovation Board at Sheffield Children’s Hospital
Founding Member of TITCH Network
Member of HealthTech Sheffield (Sector advisory group to Sheffield LEP)
‘Can design thinking enhance self-management skills, resourcefulness and creativity in children with long term conditions?’
‘Co-designing digital technologies to support victims of domestic abuse’
‘What is the effect of the design of clinical space on the management of care?’
Dr Joe Langley is a Design Engineer in Healthcare Innovation working in Lab4Living, an interdisciplinary research group which brings together designers, health care practitioners, engineers, psychologists with the aim of designing products, services and environments to improve the quality of life and well-being for individuals.
Joe’s research focuses particularly on the role of different stakeholders (Researchers, Patients, Healthcare Professionals, Industry) in the innovation process, using creative practices to co-create novel interventions and put them into everyday practice.
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