£80k investment from UK Government to develop an enhanced innovative supply chain


The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) has chosen Cardiff Met as one of five organisations to test new ways to develop skills for innovation in manufacturing.

As a world-leading centre in multi-disciplinary design, development and research, Cardiff Met's International Centre for Design and Research (PDR) and the Cardiff School of Management (CSM), both based at the University's Llandaff campus, will be supporting the creation of a new innovation-focused supply chain.

Dr Peter Dorrington, Research Fellow at PDR, explains how the "innovation support Cardiff Met will receive from UKCES to create a new 'Unified Innovation Model' will greatly enhance and test a new type of innovative supply chain, yielding valuable learning that can be shared across the sector to improve innovation and productivity, whilst providing huge benefits to future clients".

The four-tier, healthcare supply chain: Prism Medical UK, Equipment Building Services Ltd, RTLS, and ABM University Health Board's Rehabilitation Engineering Unit, will work together to pilot a 'Unified Innovation Model' approach to new product development - where the insights of designers, manufacturers and end users are brought together and shared throughout the entire process of developing the novel products targeted at the high-value UK medical device marketplace. This should ensure the co-creation of relevant novel products and develop organisational learning cultures that mutually support innovation.

The trial programme is expected to yield valuable learning that can be shared across the sector to improve innovation and productivity.

PDR is currently recruiting for a designer for this project. The individual  will provide key support to the development of this exciting new supply chain.

Details can be found here:

http://pdronline.co.uk/career-opportunities (role: Technology Translator)

Further information about UK Futures Programme can be seen here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/innovative-manufacturers-get-government-skills-boost

For further information about this project please contact Dr Peter Dorrington on 02920 417233 /  pdorrington@pdronline.co.uk

or Professor Andrew Thomas on 029 20 205233 / ajthomas@cardiffmet.ac.uk