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Monday 13 March 2023


The Association Of Anaesthetists
21 Portland Place London


£195 - Members
£120 - Trainee Members
£365 - Non-members
£97.50 - Retired Members


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The psychology of error
This presents a general overview of the impact of psychology and workplace culture on staff and their actions. Rather than being design-specific this is a general overview of relevant human factors principles, but does offer introductory concepts around scenarios where different types of cognitive aids may or may not work. Delegates will be offered insights into some of the difficulties that can be faced when creating a new aid. 

Principles of Design and Ergonomics
This introduces design-relevant psychology and terminology specifically relating to cognitive aids. Here we make the case for why good design matters, and discuss basic design concepts. We will explore concepts around mental workload, and how this can affect staff performance, and relate this to potential hazards of adding complexity to workplace processes.

Cognitive Aid Design 1 and 2
This extends the principles outlined in the previous session, using specific design examples to illustrate effective choices. The first section frames design through specific elements of colour theory, choice and use of iconography.
The second part moves to specific design choices for (1) checklists and (2) algorithms.

Case Study: Responding to a never event
This session may use elements of tabletop simulation, allowing delegates to investigate a lightly fictionalised version of the scenario and provide their thoughts on an initial response. We will then gradually introduce what was actually done by our group, and critically appraise the approach. A particular focus will be on illustrating how work-as-done versus work-as-imagined differed in this case, and why it is necessary to account for how designs may be (mis)used in real workplaces. 

Design Clinic and Q&A session
This will be a workshop session exploring real design issues faced by the delegates. We predict that most delegates will be involved in the creation of materials in their departments, and so we will invite delegates to submit cognitive aids that they have been working on recently. Delegates will be asked to forward these at least a week in advance of the course. From any submissions, we will select three or four of these and add them onto slides for presentation to the group. We would review these, and draw out potential discussion points for use on the day.


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