2017 EuHPN Workshop, 20-22 November, Turin, Italy

Future Proofing Health System Infrastructure

Design, technology and innovation to ensure a fit for purpose healthcare estate


Registrations are now open for the 2017 EuHPN workshop.  Download the programme here and the registration form here.

The future for health and social care systems across Europe is more difficult to predict than ever, due to very rapid changes in care models, organisational restructuring and emerging technologies, as well as macro-factors such as climate change and migration patterns. These doubts multiply when it comes to considering the future for the physical infrastructure of healthcare. As never before, we need evidence and knowledge about what will drive changes in capital investment policy and practice, which technologies are going to be influential and how infrastructure planning can take account of these changes.

To provide some answers to these and other, associated questions, the 2017 European Health Property Network (EuHPN) Workshop will focus on how we can ensure that current and future healthcare infrastructure can remain relevant and fit for purpose over the coming years.

As in recent years, the EuHPN workshop 2017 will bring together a mix of health estates and facilities professionals, health system planners and policy makers, clinicians with an interest in the built environment, hospital directors and capital investment experts. We will be welcoming speakers and participants from the public and private sectors, from more than a dozen different European countries, to listen to the latest developments and to take part in lively discussions.  The EuHPN workshop provides ample opportunity to learn from peers and to network extensively with colleagues from around Europe and beyond, and we hope to organise an interesting study tour of local healthcare facilities on 22 November.

Our venue this year is the Starhotels Majestic hotel and conference centre, located in the heart of Turin and close to public transport hubs.  To book a room, please use this form.  Rooms can be reserved until 19 October 2017.


7th European Congress of the International Federation of Hospital Engineering of Europe, 29-31 May 2017, Bologna, Italy

The bi-annual congress of the International Federation of Hospital Engineering of Europe (IFHE-EU) is taking place this year, 29-31 May, in Bologna, Italy. The Italian Society of Architecture and Engineering for Healthcare (SIAIS) is the proud lead organiser of the congress, which will address the theme of promoting integrated, multidisciplinary health engineering and exchange of technical experience. Specific topics within the overall theme will cover:

  • Energy saving and energy efficiency improvement
  • Planning and design optimization
  • Architecture and landscape
  • Maintenance and safety in hospital – sharing experiences
  • ICT improvement and innovation
  • European rules (fire-regulations, safety, seismic regulation)
  • Health Technology Assessment

Daniella Pedrini, President of the Congress and SIAIS President, and Marcello Fiorenzo, IFHE-EU Vice-President and SIAIS Scientific Secretary, invite participants to submit abstracts (in English or Italian) on these topics via the IFHE Congress website, here: http://www.ifhe-eu2017.com/preliminary-programme/call-for-abstract/. SIAIS member Simona Agger, current Chair of the European Health Property Network, asks EuHPN members in particular to consider submitting an abstract to this Congress, or to attend as a participant.

The 2017 IFHE-EU Congress venue is the Savoia Hotel Regency Congress Centre, Bologna. For more information about the event, including further information on the programme, how to register as a participant or submit a speaker abstract, how to arrange accommodation and how to become an exhibitor or sponsor, please visit the Congress website: http://www.ifhe-eu2017.com/.


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La Fontana del Nettuno, Bologna.  Photo: Georges Jansoone, WikiMedia Commons.


EuHPN Workshop 2016 - Madrid 23-25 November - Healthcare Infrastructure for a Web of Care

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.

The 2016 EuHPN Workshop addressed the effects of this societal change on the physical environment of care. A range of speakers from across Europe, including invited speakers from Spain, spoke on:

  • 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 better care, in and out of health facilities

  • Implementing new care models and their supporting infrastructure.

The workshop programme and presentions from the workshop can be found under the 'Workshops' tab.