Products which have resulted from the long term partnership between a Birmingham industrial design company, H2 Product Development, and Static Systems Group, based in Wombourne have caught the eye of some of the world's top designers and healthcare experts.
Static Systems' patient hand units - used to call for nursing assistance and also to control other services such as patient bedside televisions and lighting - have been short-listed for an award in the Birmingham Design Initiative's BDI Industry and Genius Awards 2007.
Now in its 10th year the awards recognise examples of outstanding design. The awards will be presented on November 29.
H2 was briefed to design a new generation of patient hand units along with a range of other Static Systems products, including concepts for the Modus bedhead services trunking system.
H2 worked in close collaboration throughout the consultation, design and testing processes, with the Static Systems' team headed by technical director, Mike Cardew.
Using the latest digital design technology, H2 created stunning initial designs and presented these as 'photorealistic' visuals.
This enhanced the concept selection process and proved an invaluable aid to gaining critical input from a range of user groups and specialist bodies including the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).
Static Systems and H2 were committed to the idea of 'inclusive design' and embracing the principles and recommendations of the Disability Discrimination Act.
The RNIB was commissioned by Static Systems to ensure the products were accessible to the widest number of disabled people with impaired vision and other conditions.
The RNIB later awarded a product endorsement to the Static Systems' hand units.
The ergonomic new hand units boast many new innovations, are completely waterproof and incorporate the latest anti microbial additives and coatings to assist with the hospital's hygiene and cleaning regimes.
The new designs have played a significant role in securing a raft of contracts in the UK as well as overseas in the Middle East and Far East.