European countries face an urgent need to provide their citizens with more personalised services, responsive to changing models of health and social care. This shift, encouraged by new technologies, is characterised by more distributed and decentralised care provision. Hospitals focus increasingly on highly specialised diagnoses and treatments, while primary and community care adopt some features which were previously available only in secondary care centres. Home care services, and forums for patient self-management, are becoming important factors in the overall care system, and non-clinical environments are playing a significant role in patient education and support. These trends add up to a move away from care provision in traditional silos, towards a web of care which extends from the home, to spaces for work and leisure, and, of course, to newly imagined clinical environments.
This year’s EuHPN Workshop will address the effects of this societal change on the physical environment of care. A range of speakers from across Europe, including invited speakers from Spain, will address:
- The rationale for the web of care, including service reform
- How to plan for radical reconfiguration of healthcare infrastructure
- Designs for a new generation of healthcare buildings
- Health-promoting public spaces
- Technologies which enable the web of care
- Implementing and evaluating new care models and their supporting infrastructure
The venue for the workshop will be announced shortly, but it will be close to the centre of the city, convenient for public transport links and for many of Madrid's wonderful public buildings. The programme will begin at lunchtime on Wednesday 23rd November, and keynote and plenary sessions will run through to lunchtime on Friday 25th November. We also hope to organise a Friday afternoon study tour of some key healthcare buildings in or near to Madrid.
Further information on how you can participant in, or contribute to the workshop, is available in the workshop flyer here. For now, please save the dates: 23 to 25 November 2016.