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European Healthcare Design Congress 2019, 17-19 June
Early bird discount extended to 14 May 2019

The Preliminary Programme for the European Healthcare Design Congress & Exhibition 2019 has been launched and is available to download from the EHD2019 website, with early bird discount extended to 14 May 2019.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Framing the Future, 13 May 2019, 6-8.45pm, Royal College of Physicians

What is the past, present and future role of arts in health?
As part of Paintings in Hospitals’ 60th anniversary celebrations, join their exciting panel considering the past pioneers and future innovations of visual arts in health and social care. AfH members are very welcome, but places are limited.
Book your place now. (Please note this is not organised by AfH)

Design in Mental Health conference, 21-22 May 2019

We are delighted to announce that, we will again be staging an exhibition of AfH members’ projects at the DiMH Conference on the 21 and 22 May 2019. We invite you to submit your recent mental health schemes from concept to completion, for display on our stand. More information

STUDENT DESIGN AWARDS 2019

Student Design AwardsStudent Seminar and Awards Ceremony 27 June 2019 2-8pm
The AfH Student Design Awards challenge students of architecture and design to explore innovative and compassionate design for health and social care settings.

We are delighted to announce that we have a very special guest presenting the awards this year – a certain comedienne with a background of nursing in mental health – Jo Brand.

And we have introduced a new award for Best Presentation in the Student Seminar, plus refreshments from 2pm.
 

AfH Opportunity

Programme Director role – Architects for Health (AfH) is searching for someone with drive, imagination and creativity to steer our Executive Committee when planning and organising for the future.
For more information regarding this role please go to the listing on Guardian jobs.

PREVIOUS EVENTS

Danish Embassy event – Tuesday 26 March 2019, 5.30-9pm
Wayfinding Strategies for Hospitals and Healthcare
Architects for Health are delighted to invite members to register for our event on the 26th March, hosted by The Royal Danish Embassy in London, co-organised between the Embassy, Triagonal and Architects for Health. This event focuses on Wayfinding Strategies for Hospitals and Healthcare.
We are fully booked!

AGM 2019 & Phil Gusack Talk – Thursday 28 February 2019, 6-9pm
AGM
AfH will hold leadership elections in the AGM. Are you interested in joining the Board of Architects for Health? We meet once a month, correspond in between and share the load.

Phil Gusack Talk
We are delighted to announce that Professor Lord Robert Winston, FMedSci, FRSA, FRCP, FRCOG, FRSB, FREng, will be our speaker for the second half of the evening.

His talk is titled “Technological Medicine. Have We Lost The Plot?”

20×2 2018
Fantastic turnout and a great evening. With thanks to Forbo and HKS. Congratulations to the winners!

1st Nigel Marcoolyn
2nd Stephen O’Shea
3rd Jeremy Parker

European Health Property Network
The European Health Property Network has a membership of professionals from a wide range of disciplines and meets annually for a workshop, this year in Gothenburg. The EuHPN website https://euhpn.eu/ includes extensive documentation on workshops from 2011 onwards including access to speakers’ slides.

The sessions from Turin 2017 includes presentations by Carole Crane and Paul Mercer on the thorny topic of “guidance” as applied to healthcare developments.

Visit the EuHPN website again soon when the slides from Gothenburg will be available.

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

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

News

The Journal of Health Design – Podcast
Listen to Christopher Shaw’s interview with Moyez Jiwa from the Journal of Health Design in Melbourne, Australia – from 28 February 2019.
https://www.journalofhealthdesign.com/JHD/podcasts

Living with Buildings | Wellcome Collection
This major exhibition about health and architecture will examine the positive and negative influence buildings have on our health and wellbeing. Opens 4 October 2018.

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.