Brussels 2015

The 2015 EuHPN Workshop took place in Brussels, 16-18 November, at the BIP building in the centre of the city.  We welcomed 70+ participants from a dozen European countries, attracted by a top class line-up of speakers on a theme which is of central importance to improvements in healthcare facility development: Evaluation.  Since this year marked the 15th anniversary of the founding of the European Health Property Network in Brussels, it seemed fitting to return to the same place to evaluate what the network has achieved over the years as well as the tools and methods now available for health building improvement.  We were fortunate to hear from speakers who spanned a very broad range of disciplines, including health system policy development, patient advocacy, market research, healthcare architecture and planning, environmental improvement, hospital management and academic practice.

This year we intend to produce a published report of the workshop, thanks to assistance from a number of raporteurs who were in attendance.  Special thanks are due to the directors of the AZ Monica hospital in Antwerp, who welcomed 20 participants to a study tour of one of their campuses on Wednesday 18th November.

You can download the final programme for the 2015 Workshop here.  The presentations from the workshop are in the table below.

Walter Ricciardi  Italian National Institute of Health Why evaluate health systems and healthcare infrastructure?
Robert Johnstone International Association of Patients’ Organisations Patient empowerment: designing a better healthcare estate
Ben Page Ipsos MORI Patient experience: measuring it, using it and co-designing services and infrastructure
Pentti Itkonen Eksote, South Karelia, Finland The meaning of art from the patient perspective
Mona Larsen Oestfold Hospital HF Patients’ Organisation, Norway Patients’ experiences of co-designing services and infrastructure
Goran Lindahl Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden Do we really know how to use data and create knowledge about healthcare buildings?
Willemineke Hammer EGM architecten, Netherlands Accessible evidence based design tool to improve design decisions for better healthcare outcomes
Liesbeth van Heel Erasmus MC, Netherlands Searching for appropriate methods to evaluate safe, sustainable and healing environments
Jill Maben King’s College, London Evaluating a major innovation in hospital design: workforce implications and impact on patient and staff experiences of all single room hospital accommodation
Margo Annemans Leuven University, Belgium Making the patient experience central to healthcare building design
Peter Haggarty University of Glasgow, Scotland Designing for clinical research: results of a partnership between Glasgow University and Scottish teaching hospitals

Christian Karlsson


Christopher Shaw 

Karlsson Arkitekter, Denmark


Medical Architecture, UK

Comparative appraisal of recent large psychiatric hospitals in Denmark and the UK
James Barlow Imperial College, London Searching for sustainable global health. Innovation, technology and the built infrastructure
Pascal Verdonck Belgian Association of Hospital Directors A patient-centric new hospital: the consequences.  Case of the Maria Middelares hospital in Ghent
Marcin Kautsch/Mateusz Lichon University of Krakow, Poland Usage of e-health solutions in Europe. Evaluation of Denmark, Poland, Spain and UK
Femke Feenstra/Emma van Dam dJGA, Netherlands Patient-centred, sensory design in healthcare
Grazia Cioci Health Care Without Harm The Global Green Healthy Hospitals initiative: a comprehensive environmental health framework for hospitals and health systems
Margrethe Foss / Sigmund Stikbakke Multiconsult, Norway The OSCAR project: optimising building design to contribute to value creation
Cristophe Cousaert Flemish Infrastructure Fund (VIPA) Pilot project of care (part 1) (part 2)
Angus Hunter Optimat Ltd, UK Energy4Health: harnessing innovation to drive a sustainable healthcare environment
John Davis European Investment Bank EIB’s health sector lending guidelines
Fred Bisschop nCZB, Netherlands Policy changes in Dutch long-term care: what does this mean for healthcare infrastructure?
Ciro Verdoliva Ospedale del Mare, Italy Constructing a major hospital infrastructure project: lessons from the ‘Hospital of the Sea’, Naples, Italy