EuHPN 2019 – Save The Date!

What, where, when?

This year’s EuHPN workshop is taking place in Basel, Switzerland, from 18 to 20 September.  Our theme is Getting It Right First Time, For Patients.

Healthcare facilities are complex and expensive to plan, design, build and maintain, and their ultimate function is to ensure the best possible patient care, now and in the future.  In brief: we have to get the built environment right, to support new models of care and value for money.

The 2019 EuHPN workshop will focus on how to bring together the right stakeholders, at the right time, to plan and design the right buildings.  We will be discussing:

  • Multidisciplinary, integrated planning and facility design
  • The role of leadership, at all levels
  • Learning from best practice
  • ‘What I could have done better’
  • Partnership and co-design for better buildings

The programme will include eminent keynote speakers, case study presentations, research findings and highly interactive, co-design sessions, featuring EuHPN member organisations and invited external speakers.  The 2019 workshop is organised in partnership with walkerproject.  The venue is Launchlabs in central Basel, just a short walk from the central train station which offers a stimulating, multi-functional environment, close to many of Basel’s cultural attractions and a range of hotel accommodation.

Who should attend?

We welcome EuHPN members and colleagues from health system policy and planning, healthcare architects, hospital directors, estates professionals, capital investment experts, health facility design and construction companies, clinicians with an interest in the built environment and advocates from patient representative groups.

High level programme

18.09.19 EuHPN member meeting (10.00)

Welcome lunch (12.00)

Opening remarks and welcome

Keynote speakers: themes from Europe and Switzerland

Case studies

Drinks reception

19.09.19 Interactive: Simulation Zone co-design sessions

Inspiration: leadership, lessons learned, best practice

Case studies

Panel discussions

Workshop gala dinner

20.09.19 Keynote address

Case studies

Final audience debate

Farewell lunch

Site visits (to mid-afternoon)

What next?

 Please save the dates for the 2019 workshop.  We will circulate more detail on the programme in the coming days, along with a briefing and request for speakers and case studies, information about costs, travel and accommodation and a registration form.  Please look out for updates on our website.

If you would like to express a pre-registration interest in attending the 2019 workshop, please contact Isabel Sanchez at Isabel.sgm@gmail.com.

We look forward to welcoming you to Basel, Switzerland, in September.

EuHPN Board News

The EuHPN board met in January 2019 to appoint a new Chair for the period 2019-2021.  After nominations were received in late 2018, the board was pleased to unanimously approve the appointment of Marte Lauvsnes, a senior manager within the Norwegian Hospital Planning Agency, Sykehusbygg.  Marte has a distinguished career in the fields of health facility planning and design and has been a driving force in many healthcare infrastructure projects in Norway and in other countries.  Marte takes over from Simona Agger, who served as EuHPN Chair from 2015 to 2019.  The EuHPN board members offered their fullest thanks to Simona for her hard work and dedication to the network over that period.

The first board meeting of 2019 also saw the appointment of two new board members.  Cristiana Caira, partner and board member at White arkitekter (Sweden) and Susan Grant, Principal Architect at Health Facilities Scotland, both bring very considerable expertise in health facility design and planning to board discussions.

EuHPN 2018 workshop presentations now available

EuHPN’s 2018 workshop took place in Gothenburg, Sweden, with generous support from our member organisations White Arkitekter and Chalmer’s University of Technology’s Centre for Healthcare Architecture.  Around a dozen European countries were represented by 90 participants, and in addition to a series of top class presentations on our theme of Research and Evaluation for Care Closer to Home the attendees were able to visit the Carlanderska Hospital and the Nötkarnan bergsjön primary care centre – both award winning examples of design for health facilities.

You can find most of the presentations here.  The EuHPN board is currently considering options for the venue and theme of next year’s workshop – please visit our site again for updates.

 

What to do with smaller hospitals?

Many European countries face similar dilemmas: what to do with smaller hospitals providing acute medical services, particularly those which are geographically remote or otherwise less accessible.  It may be difficult to attract and retain sufficient numbers of specialist staff, and/or thought to be financially inefficient to maintain these services.  But are closure or downgrading really the only answers?  The Nuffield Trust (UK) was recently asked to examine this issue, and to suggest possible solutions.  Their thoughtful and well-researched report is available here.  The context will vary between jurisdictions, and one size rarely fits all, but the report offers a lot of food for thought.

EuHPN 2018: Gothenburg, Sweden, 25-27 September

It’s just a few days until the start of the 2018 EuHPN workshop.  This year we have an amazing range of countries represented from across Europe and a wonderfully diverse group of speakers, both academics and practitioners with interests in planning, designing, constructing and financing all kinds of healthcare infrastructure.  Special thanks to our sponsors Chalmers University of Technology and White Arkitekter for their generous support.  You can download the latest version of the programme here, and if you would like to register (a few places still available) then please complete the registration form.

See you in Gothenburg!

ARCH19 – the 4th Architecture Research Care & Health Conference, Norway

‘Building for better health, research & innovation in architecture & urban design for care & health’ is the title of ARCH19 – the 4th Architecture Research Care & Health conference – organised at the NTNU Knowledge Centre of the St Olav Hospital in Trondheim – Norway –     12th until 14th of June 2019.

ARCH19 connects research & innovation to promote collaborative innovation processes in architecture and urban design for care & health. ‘Building for better health’ aims to offer an insight into gained knowledge and research projects that focus on the issues of care, health, architecture and urban design and brings together researchers and practitioners to present findings and exchange gained knowledge according to the following three guiding topics:

  1. Health promoting architectural and urban design
  2. Housing for people with special needs
  3. Architecture for healthcare service organisations

Therefore, NTNU would like to invite you to react to their call for original research papers and ask you to send in your abstract before the 1st of October 2018.

Please visit NTNU website at www.ntnu.edu/arch19 for more information about the call for papers, guiding topics, research approaches and submission procedures.

 

Register now for the 2018 EuHPN workshop!

Registration is now open for the 2018 EuHPN workshop in Gothenburg, Sweden, 25-27 September.  We think Research and Evaluation for Care Infrastructure Closer to Home will be an exciting and informative event for anyone involved in health and care infrastructure planning and design.  This year’s themes are the contribution of research and evaluation to developing the future infrastructure of healthcare, and increasing importance of health and care buildings in community settings.  Download the programme here and the registration form here.

This year we have speakers from a wide range of countries, encompassing Spain, Malta, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Ireland, England, Scotland, the Netherlands and Finland, and participants coming from all across Europe.

We look forward to meeting you in Gothenburg!

 

 

2018 Workshop, Gothenburg, 25-27 September

Download the outline programme for the 2018 EuHPN workshop ‘Research and Evalutation for Care Infrastructure Closer to Home’ here: Outline_programme Gothenburg 280518_03.

This year the EuHPN workshop looks at infrastructure development outside the field of grand hospital developments, by concentrating on community hospitals and smaller-scale mental health units, enhanced primary care centres and specialist health secondary care facilities.  We will be presenting cases from across Europe to help us to explore the trends and the challenges.

Our cross-cutting theme is the need for structured and well-evidenced strategic planning and design based on high quality evidence and a sound knowledge base.  As well as the contribution from traditional academic approaches to health building research, we will also explore new ways to plan, design and evaluate the built environment, by using Virtual Reality (VR) technologies and Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems.

The outline programme also has all the information you need on travel arrangements and hotel accommodation, and you can register by downloading and completing this form: EuHPN_2018_Workshop Registration

 

A Medical City in the City: Erasmus MC’s Vision of an Academic Hospital

On 13th and 14th April I had the privilege to attend Erasmus Medical Center’s newbuild2018 congress: a celebration of the planning, design, engineering, construction, thought and sheer hard work that has led to the rebuilding – and re-imagining – of an entire academic hospital campus.

Over the course of two days over 170 people had the opportunity to contribute to a multitude of workshops which explained the complex processes involved, over a period stretching back many years, in creating the physical infrastructure which now supports the vision of truly patient-focused hospital care.  Following our discussions, we had the rare opportunity to visit the academic hospitals wards, administrative areas and technical installations, just one month before patients and staff move in.  In some ways, seeing the finished product just before it is in use gives a false impression, a sense that the physical environment and all its attendant and smart technology, somehow sprang into being effortlessly.  Nothing could be further from the truth, of course.  The directors, clinicians, architects, engineers and administrators who ran the workshops and conducted the tours were very open about the difficulties they encountered along the way, including some set-backs and difficult decisions.  Nonetheless, their pride in the final achievement was very clear.  Together with their many partners, including Rotterdam City Council, the end result is a hugely impressive amalgam of building design, care pathway decisions, technological innovation and process engineering.  Just to give a flavour of the scale of the new hospital project, we are talking about:

  • 207,000 m2 gross floor area
  • 15,000 m2 of laboratory space
  • Tower: 120 meters, 29 floors
  • Hospital: 48 meters, 12 floors
  • 46 lifts
  • More than 7.5 km of sun protection
  • More than 2200 piles
  • More than 2 million m3 of air exchange per hour
  • 2500 km of data cabling for various systems
  • 2 roof gardens (approx. 3,000 m2) on the 8th floor

If you want the full picture, you can download the 2016 book of the project, in English, here , and have a look at the introductory video for the congress delegates, here.  And if you’d like to take your own, virtual tour of the hospital, you can watch a short video, here (subtitles in English), which introduces you to the public spaces, the single patient rooms (with ‘rooming in’ facilities), the arrangement of outpatient clinics and day case centres, the functional layering of the hospital, and much, much more besides.

It isn’t easy to provide a single, overarching impression of the new Erasmus MC from a 1.5 day visit, partly because there was so much information to process and consider, and partly because one would need much longer to fully appreciate all the features.  However, having said that, I was very impressed with what seemed to be a genuine and comprehensive attempt to see things from the point of view of patients and families, but also to provide staff with a high quality environment.  You could see this in the most basic functions: car parking at the level of the main entrance, for example, to make access as easy as possible; or in the ample provision of shops, restaurants and cafes in the main concourse and the attention to detail in the landscaping of the roof gardens.  But these considerations extend everywhere, even to the ‘hot floor’ areas where, for instance, the building’s designers have ensured that every operating theatre has natural light.

The new Erasmus MC is an amazing achievement: a medical city, within a city but intimately connected to it.

Jonathan Erskine

Executive Director, European Health Property Network

EuHPN 2018 Workshop – save the date!

This year’s EuHPN workshop will be taking place in Gothenburg, Sweden, from 25 to 27 September. We are grateful to the Centre for Healthcare Architecture, Chalmers Technical University for assistance in finding a top quality venue and in developing our workshop theme.  We will be posting more information here as the programme develops. For now, please save the dates and come our site for regular updates.