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Play Full: Getting Creative with Design Thinking in Health and Care

Bring more creativity to your work in health and care and develop innovative problem-solving practices with design thinking.

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Play Full: Getting Creative with Design Thinking in Health and Care

1,058 enrolled on this course

  • 4 weeks

  • 2 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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This course explores creativity in the context of a health and care system that can often feel procedural, standardised and restrictive. Learners will develop their understanding of creativity in the context of health and care and how to apply this to workplace problems using a human-centred approach to innovation called ‘design thinking’.

Learners can complete this course while carrying out a creative project in real time, as the course sequentially guides them through the different stages in the design thinking approach. The course also contains a series of downloadable resources to support learners, and features case studies in creativity and innovative practice from across the health and care system.


  • Week 1


    • Introduction

      Find out more about how this course will work and what you can expect from the next four weeks.

    • A creative mindset

      Explore the power of thinking inside the box and adopting a 'maker mindset'.

    • A creative process

      Delve into design thinking as a helpful framework for innovation and recap on week one.

  • Week 2


    • Creating and making design choices

      Kick off week two by exploring the concept of discovery phases, while acknowledging their human-centered focus.

    • Coming up with ideas

      Shift your focus to generating ideas and explore how to work out which ones are best.

  • Week 3


    • Prototyping not perfecting

      Turn your ideas into reality by understanding the key role that prototyping plays and deconstructing the ideal of perfection.

    • All design is redesign

      Explore the value of a robust testing phase, and what an iterative approach can bring to creative work.

  • Week 4


    • Ready for take-off

      Consider what happens after you've turned your innovative idea into reality and how to implement what you've created.

    • Creativity for all

      Finish this course with a system-wide focus and turn your attention to creative cultures.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe the landscape for creativity and innovation in health and care.
  • Explore design thinking and equity centred design as a strategic innovation process and approach to problem solving.
  • Apply design thinking to a real workplace problem and get supporting resources to turn theory into action.
  • Develop your creativity as a management, leadership and problem solving capability.
  • Create team and organisational cultures able to find innovative solutions to complex problems.

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone working in health and social care who is interested in bringing greater creativity to their work. It’s suitable for those working at all levels and across sectors but will be especially relevant for managers and leaders who want to take up their role more creatively and encourage innovative practices in their teams and organisations.

Who will you learn with?

I am a Senior Consultant in the leadership and organisation development team at The King's Fund.

I am a Development Consultant in the leadership and organisational development team at The King's Fund.

Who developed the course?

The King's Fund

The King’s Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and care in England. Its vision is that the best possible health and care is available to all.

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