Frank Worcester

Frank Worcester

Research Assistant

School of Science and Technology

Role

Frank Worcester is a Research Assistant at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and member of Medical Design Research Group (MDRG). Frank’s current role is on the Innovation for Invention project (II-LA-0716-20002) developing human-computer interfaces (HCI) for both patients and medical practitioners in order to improve the sedation process for local anaesthetic, in-theatre operations. This includes working with partners from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, University of Nottingham, B.Braun Medical Devices Ltd. and the University of Lincoln.

Frank supports the MDRG additionally through the use of SolidWorks and supporting undergraduate and masters students.

Career overview

Frank has attained a First Class BSc (Hons) Product Design undergraduate degree, as well as a Distinction for a Master’s Degree in Smart Design at Nottingham Trent University. The former final year project was a Semi-autonomous Oyster Mushroom Growing device which questioned the sustainability of current protein food farming. The latter enabled Frank to be sponsored by PepsiCo Europe to create a low cost embedded machine vision system for high speed manufacture, reducing costs by 99.33% with a 88% higher success rate compared to their established suppliers.

After completing the Masters, Frank attained the job above as the Research Assistant.

Research areas

Frank is currently on a NIHR funded Innovation for Invention project (II-LA-0716-20002 - Development of a patient-maintained sedation device to allow patients to safely control their own sedation levels during surgical and medical procedures). This involves:

  • Understanding the medical product design development process.
  • Completing a MHRA Technical File to applicable British Standards for MHRA approval. This includes software design to BS EN 62304:2006+A1:2015, risk management to BS EN ISO 13485:2016, PEMS validation to BS EN 60601-1:2006+A12:2014, quality management to BS EN ISO 14971:2012 and usability engineering to BS EN 62366-1:2015.
  • Designing and developing a medical hardware HCI product to be used as part of the research project.
  • Writing research journal publications and attending conferences to present findings in public.

External activity

Awards

  • 2016 - Product Displays Joint Winners, PepsiCo Europe
  • 2016 - Sustainability in Practice Certificate
  • 2015 – Cradle to Cradle Certified Products for the Circular Economy
  • 2014 - Best Cost Effective Award, Tongji University
  • 2014 - Overall Winner, Engineers Without Borders

Exhibitions

2014 - Upcycle Master (Group), Tongji University and Other Chinese Universities, China.

Sponsors and collaborators

  • National Health Service (NHS)
  • National Institute for Health research, Invention for Innovation programme
  • Nottingham University Hospital Trust
  • University of Nottingham
  • PepsiCo Europe
  • B.Braun Medical Ltd.
  • Engineers Without Borders (EWB)

Publications

Worcester, F.R., 2014. Briefing: Infusing culture into a playground to aid engineering design. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Municipal Engineer, 167(4), pp.171–174.

Press expertise

  • Medical product design within a regulatory framework
  • Industrial product design
  • Sustainable engineering design