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.

EuHPN August 2015 newsletter and workshop news

The August 2015 EuHPN newsletter is here, with an update on the 2015 workshop in Brussels (16-18 November), reviews of two recent conferences, an interview with the author of 'Design Tools For Evidence-Based Healthcare Design' and some brief news items about forthcoming events.  The workshop update includes some key information about the topics that will be covered under our headline theme 'Evaluation'.  We have some expert and interesting keynote speakers in place, and the programme is being populated now, but we welcome any suggestions for further projects or case studies that would fit with the list of topics.  Please get in touch to make an enquiry.


Integrated Health and Social Care in Finland

Flipped Care - Integrated Social and Health Care

June 10-11 2015, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland 

The juxtaposition of continuing public service financial austerity and increasing demand, commonly known as megatrends, has generated a growing consensus … about the nature of reform; a shift towards a whole systems integrated model of care linking primary and acute care and elements of social care. Furthermore evidence suggests that devolution towards regional level service delivery and change management will provide the necessary balance between local responsiveness and economies of scale in redesigning healthcare. This model of reform implies significant changes in the way health systems work with consequent redistribution of resources, including the workforce, across the sectors involved in order to respond to the needs of new integrated models of care.

The conference aims to bring together planners, managers and health practitioners and professionals who are in the front line of change and have a track records and experience of changing healthcare. The topics will include discussion about:

  • EU wide perspectives on trends and the need for change
  • The nature of reform and why it is necessary
  • How different countries are implementing integrated care strategies
  • Future planning; balancing resource and demand to achieve a sustainable health system
  • The impact of new models of care on hospital and health facility design
  • Futurescoping; a look forward to 2030


For fees and more information please visit:  Download the programme here.