European Healthcare Design Conference, 22-23 June 2015

A European Healthcare Design Conference will be held at the Royal College of Physicians, London, 22-23 June 2015.  This conference is being organised by Architects for Health and SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange, with a range of other organisations, including the European Health Property Network, involved in the programme and organising committees.

The proposed programme for the conference is wide-ranging in scope, and it tackles many of the key challenges facing healthcare systems across Europe, particularly in these areas:

Systems and service transformation: integrating workforce change, innovative technology and the built environment

Healthcare quality improvement: safety & value by design

Technology: horizon scanning for disruptive innovation

Arts and creativity: transforming the culture of care

Specialist care: designing for aged care, cancer care, mental health, complex conditions and chronic disease

Integrated care models: the hospital-community interface

Future fl exibility: plan for uncertainty, design for change

Sustainable development: procuring, planning and designing for environmental, social and economic value

Health promotion: designing healthy hospitals

Abstracts are now being invited for submission, for themed papers, posters, workshops or colloquia.  You can download the call for submission and other documentation here.

Erasmus MC Seminar, 27th November

A 1-day seminar on academic hospital building: lessons learned about innovative design concepts and project management

On the 27th November, Erasmus University Medical Centre opened its doors to share experiences and lessons learned, halfway through their 200,000 square metre redevelopment project. In collaboration with EGM architecten, this one day seminar offered a choice of workshops and tours, followed by a plenary session presenting a mix of managerial, medical and architectural highlights of this ambitious project. The key note speech was given by Professor Kirk Hamilton, one of the world’s opinion leaders on Evidence Based Design. The program finished with a reflection by retiring project architect Bas Molenaar, partner at EGM architecten. A drinks reception was organized following the seminar in his honour.

You can find the programme here.  The organisers of the seminar have been kind enough to share some selected slides taken from the presentations given by workshop and tour leaders, as well as some of the slides contributed by the keynote speakers.  These cover the key design, planning and project management aspects of the Erasmus MC redevelopment, as well as some of the conceptual principles that have guided the project from its beginning.  You can download these slides here.

EuHPN 2014 Workshop, Edinburgh 1-3 October

Thinking differently about healthcare buildings: innovative infrastructure planning and design to improve the quality and safety of care

This year's EuHPN workshop took place in Edinburgh, from 1st to 3rd October.  Over 100 participants enjoyed a packed programme of high quality speakers, who addressed the effects of the integration of healthcare services on the built environment, how to design healthcare facilities to enhance the quality and safety of care, and the role of innovation in planning and designing healthcare buildings.  The final workshop programme can be seen here, and you can view and download the workshop presentations here.

The 2014 workshop also featured the first showing of an exhibition organised by Architecture and Design Scotland, to showcase what is being achieved in Scotland's health and social care buildings. The exhibition will now travel to the Scottish Healthcare Facilities conference, 6th to 7th November, and from there to public viewing at The Lighthouse, Glasgow, from 14th November to 28th January.

EuHPN is grateful to Brookfield Multiplex, VFA and Laing O'Rourke for their generous sponsorship of the 2014 workshop, to Health Facilities Scotland for logistical help, to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for hosting a drinks reception at their newly commissioned Edinburgh offices, and to the Scottish Government’s Health and Social Care Directorate for assistance and support.

Edinburgh castle RICS

We are already looking forward to the 2015 EuHPN workshop - updates on the location and theme will be posted here as soon as possible.