Objectives Patients with functional conditions often feel unheard, isolated and disillusioned in healthcare environments. Many patients who are referred to TRACCS (the Treatment & Rehabilitation of Adolescents with Complex Conditions Service) have had negative healthcare experiences, leaving them questioning their body and the capability of professionals to help them. At TRACCS we pride ourselves in ensuring the patient voice and experience is at the heart of all we do.
Project aim: to co-produce with young people a service logo that engenders a positive healthcare experience.
Methods We commissioned a graphic design company and explained project requirements. Shortly afterwards we approached six young people who were using/had graduated from our service, asking them if they would like to be part of a focus group. Four agreed, meeting the design team via zoom sessions facilitated by the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) and Clinical Fellow. The initial consultation established initial ideas, concepts and priorities. The second enabled the focus group to provide feedback on ideas that had been produced. Following this further focus group input was provided via email.
Once four final options were agreed opinions were sought from patients and staff. Over a 1-month period we canvassed the opinion of ward patients and those seen in clinic. Additionally, the CNS utilised an email bank of 300 patients asking them to feedback on the designs. We also sought the opinion of our TRACCS multi-disciplinary team via service development meetings, email and face-to-face contact.
Results 1. Initial consultation process
It was important for the design team to better understand what TRACCS means to the young people it serves the service. Patient recollections of how they felt at the start of their journey through TRACCS were particularly powerful. Words used included:
make invisible, visible
what we feel is real
Additionally, preferences regarding typography, brand identity and visual language were sought. When design options were revised the focus group saw logos in a range of contexts such as letterheads, clothing, stationary and posters.
2. Canvassing opinionsPatients felt design 2 had connotations of health and wellbeing, and was the most professional.
Patient participation and engagement is key when designing services for young people. It is important our service is welcoming to the young people we treat from the outset.
Patients and staff had different preferences. We chose the logo that patients preferred.
Our patients were instrumental in the design and final selection process, thus ensuring they feel heard and that they matter.
The logo will now be used on all TRACCS correspondence and on our website. In time, it is hoped staff will be able to wear badges, or wear clothing with the logo on it, and there will be merchandise for young people to purchase.
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