A GROUND-BREAKING design by a Huddersfield University lecturer has won worldwide praise.

Now Dr David Swann’s treatment bag for health workers is poised for commercial development – and has attracted a host of potential backers.

Dr Swann, a subject teacher for 3D and interior design at the university, is also in line for four major awards – one of which means a date with European royalty and the prospect of a 10,000 euro prize.

The nursing bag was developed by Dr Swann as a PhD project with NHS East Riding of Yorkshire.

The aim was to improve the delivery and experience of care that patients receive away from hospital – such as in their homes.

The result was a special home treatment bag made from one major moulding, small enough to fit into the boot of a car and easy to use in compact spaces.

The treatment bag opens up to provide a work surface and has several compartments to contain medical supplies.

The project earned Dr Swann his PhD at the Royal College of Art – but has attracted wider attention.

It has been chosen by Innovation RCA as a design with commercial potential and as a result Dr Swann has been nominated for a James Dyson Fellowship, set up and funded by the famed designer and inventor of the Dyson vacuum cleaner.

Dr Swann is also a finalist in the Conran Foundation Design Award at the RCA and he won the Helen Hamlyn Design Award for Creativity.

On the horizon is the most glittering prize of all – for Dr Swann has been nominated in one of the categories of the globally prestigious Index Design Awards, which boasts the Crown Prince of Denmark as its patron.

That means a trip to Copenhagen in September for a function at the Opera House at which the winners will be announced. Each category winner will receive about 100,000 euros.

Meanwhile, Lord Darzi, a leading surgeon and a former health minister and who has been carrying out important research for the NHS, has been “very impressed” and has requested images of the bag for inclusion in his presentations on hospital-acquired infections.

Said Dr Swann: “After some fine-tuning, the bag is ready for commercial development.

“I have already made presentations to major potential backers – and in tests it has proved to deliver higher productivity and patient safety performance.”

Dr Swann is already working on his next design challenge. Using his contact in the health sector, he is laying the foundations for a Huddersfield University-based research project that will help to bring about safer injections in the developing world.