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Vivienne Heyhoe

MA work

Designing for care

My final MA project is ‘design for care’ at the intersection of the health and social care system.  An engagement of people at their most vulnerable - the ageing population and their support network. 

The 6 million unpaid individuals in the UK who support the ill, frail or disabled to live independently at home are ‘carers’. However the carers’ role often goes unrecognised by our health and social care system.

The Carer's Companion is an enabler that encourages the harnessing of psychological as well as skill sharing support of other carers via a digital platform. Additionally, it is a support system that  promotes the formation of local networks of like-minded carers. It aims to ease the burden of an often difficult and emotionally charged carer journey.


  • Vivienne Heyhoe
  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Service Design, 2014

  • I am a qualified medical doctor with a passion for design and creative problem solving and have witnessed the capacity of cross disciplinary collaboration to innovate and effect change.

    The projects I have recently undertaken include design for the retail and transport sector as well as telecommunications in the developing world. Ethnographic research and analysis always precede the development of my design outcomes. 

  • Degrees

  • BMedSci (Hon) Notttingham University, 2001, MBBS, Nottingham University, 2003