European Healthcare Design 2016

With the theme Vanguards of change: Co-designing services and settings to improve quality and access, and providing an interdisciplinary forum for policy advisors, researchers and practitioners from around the globe, the 2nd European Healthcare Design 2016 (EHD 2016) Congress & Exhibition will be held on 27–28 June, 2016 at the Royal College of Physicians in London, UK. Organised by Architects for Health and SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange, the congress takes a whole-system approach to redesigning European health systems and services through the exchange of knowledge, research and international.  Find out more here about the EHD 2016 programme, the European Healthcare Design Awards and how to register.


Building the Future of Health

GRONINGEN, THE NETHERLANDS – Can the built environment help us stay healthy for longer? Can it inspire us to exercise more? How can we provide for clean water and air? What will our future hospitals look like? Does linking healthy lifestyle and good nutrition to well-designed cities offer a possible cure for Western diseases such as obesity and diabetes? And moreover: how can architects and urban planners play a vital role in solving these issues? These questions - and many more - will take centre stage at the international conference Building the Future of Health.

Building the Future of Health explores the ways in which the design and quality of the built environment can contribute to our health. It offers a broad programme featuring all spatial dimensions: from our cities and neighbourhoods, to our landscapes, to the design of our homes and care facilities and, importantly, our hospitals. Using the Healthy Ageing concept as a starting point, the conference presents inspiring examples and best practices from home and abroad. In addition, it establishes the latest developments in research, policy and specific projects in the field of health and the layout and design of our surroundings. Contributions include lectures, workshops and panel discussions, but also project presentations, excursions, lectures accessible to a broad public of laypeople, and various social events.

EuHPN is supporting Building the Future of Health by sponsoring Chairs for a small number of sessions, covering the latest in design and planning for acute and children's hospitals, psychiatric facilities, community health buildings and health support centres.  You can find out more about Building the Future of Health here


EuHPN Workshop 2015

Europe's healthcare buildings have to change and improve. The pressures of designing strategies to anticipate changing health needs and to make better use of scarce financial resources have driven technological innovation, new methodologies in planning, designing and restructuring hospitals facilities, and sophisticated tools to model the future of healthcare systems.

As these changes gather pace, the 2015 EuHPN workshop undertook a complementary and necessary exercise: Evaluation. Its aim was to tackle a simple but essential question: are we getting better at creating the right environments for patients? And further: which of our strategies, methodologies and tools are really successful in linking health facility design with health and healthcare need? How should we judge the success – or otherwise – of the infrastructure of health?

To answer these and other questions, the 2015 EuHPN workshop was structured around a number of topics linked to the overall Evaluation theme. We invited a mix of top quality speakers to engage with participants from a wide range of health care infrastructure backgrounds to explore this topic in depth. Through two days of plenary sessions and interactive debate we concentrated on finding practical value in evaluation: learning from the past, understanding how to assess and use evidence, and scenario-building for the future. In addition to looking ahead, the EuHPN members also took the opportunity to reflect on 15 years of network meetings and other events, and to assess the EuHPN's contribution to the development of Europe's healthcare buildings.

You can download the final version of the workshop programme here. Speaker presentations are being added to the 2015 workshop webpage, and you can view them here.