Innovation in the time of SARS-CoV-2: A collaborative journey between NHS clinicians, engineers, academics and industry

Surgeon. 2021 Oct;19(5):e281-e288. doi: 10.1016/j.surge.2020.12.008. Epub 2021 Jan 22.


During the pandemic healthcare faced great pressure on the availability of protective equipment. This paper describes the entire novel innovative process of design optimisation, production and deployment of face-visors to NHS frontline workers during SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. The described innovative journey spans collaboration between clinicians and academic colleagues for design to the implementation with industry partners of a face-visor for use in a healthcare setting. It identifies the enablers and barriers to development along with the strategies employed to produce a certified reusable, adjustable, high volume and locally produced face-visor. The article also explores aspects of value, scalability, spread and sustainability all of which are essential features of innovation.

Keywords: 3D printing; Dentistry; Engineering; Full-face visor; Innovation.

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19 / epidemiology
  • COVID-19 / prevention & control*
  • COVID-19 / transmission
  • Diffusion of Innovation*
  • Equipment Design
  • Humans
  • Intersectoral Collaboration*
  • Inventions*
  • Personal Protective Equipment*
  • State Medicine*
  • United Kingdom