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EUROPEAN HEALTHCARE DESIGN 2018 11-13 June

THE major Architects for Health event of the year!
Last chance to register at a reduced fee!
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT ENDS TODAY!
Don’t miss out! Register online now!

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The major Architects for Health event of the year – the European Healthcare Design 2018 Congress & Exhibition is now just five weeks away. But as an AfH member you will still receive the early bird discount if you register today – Wednesday 9 May. This is your last chance to register at a reduced fee – please be quick! Register online now!
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DESIGN IN MENTAL HEALTH

Conference & Exhibition 2018 15-16 May

Design in Mental Health Network
Design in Mental Health is the only UK event to focus on the design of mental health facilities with a clear focus on creating calm therapeutic environments for the benefit of patients and staff alike. Architects for Health will have a stand in the exhibition to exhibit member’s work.

CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY research study: Ward Design

Architects for Health members to contribute to a study being carried out by Andrew Livesey of Cundall. The paper aims to understand how ward design impacts occupant comfort during periods of strain in peak winter and peak summer, and to make recommendations for future developments. He already has some involvement from Public Health England, IHEEM and Nursing Times. Members are asked to complete a simple questionnaire using the link below.
Questionnaire – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/86T86CT
Explainer video – https://youtu.be/fNymAsGVtiU

Student Design Awards 2018

Student Design AwardsWe are delighted to announce the launch of the AfH Student Design Awards 2018 This year’s theme is set around the topic of Wellbeing.
To find out more about the programme – including The Brief – please visit this page.
The AfH Student Design Awards challenge students of architecture and design to explore innovative and compassionate design for health and social care settings.

PREVIOUS EVENTS

Mr Henry Marsh CBEAfH AGM and PHIL GUSACK TALK 22 FEB 2018
Henry Marsh “Why are Hospitals so often Horrible?”
“Our speaker this evening is Henry Marsh one of the UK’s most eminent neurosurgeons. After graduating with a First in PPE, at Oxford he studied Medicine in London, subsequently training as a neurosurgeon.” Read more…

Susan Francis

Susan Francis3rd March 1952 – 29th April 2017
B.A., A.A. Dip., MARCA, AfH Programme Director

It is with great sadness and a huge sense of loss that we announce the peaceful death of Susan Francis on Saturday 29th April 2017.
Susan has been involved with Architects for Health since its beginnings, and more recently has been its Programme Director. Her contribution to the great success that AfH, the AfH Student Awards and the European Healthcare Design Congress currently have has been profound. She will be so greatly missed.

Obituary – written by John Cooper, director of healthcare specialist John Cooper Architecture

Our mission

Architects for Health (AfH) believes that the spaces of healthcare have an important effect on the well-being of patients, their friends and families, and that good design can positively influence patient outcomes.

We work to bring about well-designed and restorative health facilities, through enabling conditions for this change, both through our membership and with wider health institutions and communities.

By sharing ideas, experiences and examples, we are building knowledge networks that inform and support the future design of high-quality healthcare environments.
Find out more about us.

Join us!

AfH has a current membership of about 500 people who share our values across healthcare planning, design, and delivery. Become a member and get access to this expanding network.

Other benefits include early-bird access to events, information exchange and collaboration, CPD opportunities and support for ideas for AfH activities and projects.

Guidance

Healthcare design guidance – mainly Health Building Notes and Health Technical Memoranda – are a vital part of health facility design but this guidance is now increasingly out of date and suffering from lack of recent investment.

Architects for Health have taken the initiative and held an industry-wide Round Table in late 2016 to debate the future of guidance.

  • The conclusions and recommendations from the Round Table were wide-ranging and the full report can be viewed here
  • AfH were also asked to conduct a survey across the industry and all who use or have used design guidance are invited to take the survey here

News

Senses and Hospitals
I am a historian of medicine working on the sensory history of hospitals. I am hoping to develop a funding application for the Wellcome Trust in 2018, at to that end will be organising two two-day workshops (most likely in April and June) on the senses and hospitals to develop hopefully a collaborative bid involving architects, artists, academics and others. If you are interested please contact Victoria Bates at victoria.bates@bristol.ac.uk

British Medical Auctions
For Project Teams involved in refurbishment or redesign. A service that will take old equipment or medical devices and send them to developing healthcare economies around the world. Proceeds from the sale of such equipment returns to the hospital Trust/Hospital Group for re-investment. Go to http://www.britishmedicalauctions.co.uk/ for additional information. Or write to paul.sherman@britishmedicalauctions.co.uk

Evidence Space
A platform organised by British Gypsum social media to share knowledge from Evidence Based Design academics, researchers, designers, clients and building users. Contributions from members of AfH would be welcome for publication on the website. Please go to http://www.british-gypsum.com/evidence-space/heal/evidence-based-design-in-healthcare for more information. Or write to Carly Lunt at carlyl@cibcomms.co.uk to discuss articles/research you may have written.