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Become an AfH Member

AfH membership runs annually from the date you join and makes you part of an ever-increasing network of like-minded people enabling you to share ideas, experiences and best practices in healthcare design, to keep up to date with the latest developments, and to get involved with others in enabling change.

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.

Renewing your Membership

To renew your membership please visit this page, sign in to your account and make your payment. You can also upgrade your membership and/or change your method of payment. Similarly if you have a Practice/Company membership you can add or change your additional contacts too.

Sponsoring AfH

We have many sponsorship packages available. To find our more please get in touch.

Upcoming Events

AfH AGM 2020 & Phil Gusack Talk – 27 February 18:00-21:00

Information about the business part of the AGM will be announced soon.

We are delighted to announce that Professor John Cole CBE will be our speaker for the Phil Gusack Talk in the second half of the evening.

His talk is entitled “If God is in the detail, why increasingly aren’t architects?”.

John Cole is an architect and health design champion, a longstanding member and friend of Architects for Health and a fierce defender of the value of design quality, from inception to completion. His panoramic view takes in national strategy as well as the small but important detail – booking is now open.
If you are interested in sponsoring this event please have a look at the sponsorship packages we can offer you and get in touch with the Events Organiser.

Dementia Care & Nursing Home Expo

17-18th March 2020 at Birmingham NEC

AfH members are invited to join over 5,000 care, nursing and residential home owners and senior management teams for one of the most important dates in the social care industry’s diary.
See the full seminar line-up and exclusive show features here:
https://www.carehomeexpo.co.uk/index.asp

Student Design Award 2020

Student Design AwardsAfH are delighted to announce the launch of the Architects for Health Student Design Awards 2020.

For more information and how to get in touch

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.

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

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.