I am Dr. Janet Anderson, an  academic at King’s College London, U.K., specialising in the quality and safety of healthcare. I am currently a senior lecturer in the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery. Between March 2013 and February 2014 I will be seconded to a research position at the National Nursing Research Unit. See here for further information about the Unit.

What is Human Factors?

Human factors is an applied discipline that evolved during and after the second world war when there was growing recognition that the design of equipment and interfaces had a direct influence on people’s ability to operate systems safely and effectively. It has now broadened and includes sub specialisms in perception, cognition, organisational behavior and cognitive systems engineering, among others. It is multi disciplinary, drawing particularly on the fields of psychology, engineering and design. Practitioners apply scientific principles to ensure that systems are compatible with the needs and abilities of human operator. Human factors practitioners and researchers are active in all safety critical domains, including aviation, mining, road and rail transport, nuclear power generation and the military. In healthcare the Clinical Human Factors Group (CHFG) promotes the application of human factors and holds regular free seminars on topics of interest.

On this site you will find further information about my research, links to publications and news about  recent and forthcoming activities. You can contact me at janet.anderson@kcl.ac.uk.