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ABOUT HUMAN FACTORS CENTRE

We are a Human Factors and User Research Training consultancy who specialise within the Medical, Consumer Health and Consumer industry sectors.

Our background is in Human Factors, Usability, User Experience and Product Design. Over the years we have helped guide numerous individuals in how to successfully conduct front end user research, usability test their products and navigate the needs of regulators within the Medical device and Combination Product domains.

We have grown and adapted with the ever changing Human Factors and User Research landscape and have seen a rise in enquires from individuals for more sector specific training and guidance on how to implement tools and techniques to meet their individual needs.

 

Instead of providing specialist training programmes which primarily focus on the education of standards and tools already available in the public domain, we provide in-depth guidance on how to implement this information to ensure user needs and insights correctly inform and develop projects and products.

ABOUT OUR FOUNDER - PAULA LABAT-ROCHECOUSTE

Paula Wood founded the Human Factors Centre in January 2017 with the aim of achieving two core objectives:

  • The first to assist Medical Device Manufacturers and Pharmaceutical companies with integrating Human Factors Engineering into their company DNA to ensure that use errors as a result of use risk can be minimised and that industry learns from its mistakes and build better products and much more robust Human Factors and Usability Engineering Programs for all their devices.

  • The second to help mentor, train and support Human Factors professionals in their day to day work to help them communicate the importance of Human Factors not just within their companies or immediate networks but globally.

 

Having left PA Consulting as a Principle Human Factors Consultant and having spent many years working both in industry and within other consulting firms such as PDD Group, Paula is passionate about assisting other practitioners and communicating the importance of Human Factors to the world.

 

Paula has a background in Human Factors, Usability, User Research, User Experience and Product Design. Paula has a BSc in Product Design and is the registered inventor on a patent held for a breathlessness aid for COPD patients. She specialises in both Medical Device Human Factors and Human Factors for Combination Products.

 

Her passion for Medical Device Development lies in her deep routed motivations for helping others to make a difference. She has helped guide numerous manufacturers and Pharmaceutical companies to successfully conduct front end user research, usability test their products and navigate the needs of regulators with relation to FDA requirements, IEC62366 and ISO14971. Paula is a certified Practitioner and has moderated numerous Formative and Summative Evaluations across Europe, USA and China.

ABOUT OUR NETWORK
We believe in providing our clients with the best resource available to suit their individual project requirements. We work closely with our network of independent Usability and UX consultants on projects to provide you with the right people for a given activity. All our independent researchers have been practitioners for a number of years and the diversity of expertise within our pool of contacts means that no matter the size of the project, the resource needed or its duration we can assist to connect you to the right individuals.
If you are interested in joining our network of practitioners, please contact us with your CV and a cover letter.