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.