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.