Several years ago the executive committee held an away day to set activities and priorities for Architects for Health. The potential for developing existing and new initiatives were identified and priorities were discussed. It was unanimously recognised that the essential first step to implementing these initiatives was the provision of some management and administrative support for the organisation. Since then we have been seeking the means of funding this.
I am very pleased to be able to report that, thanks to new sponsorship from Dräger and the ongoing sponsorship from Polyflor, this has been achieved this year. Liane Friedrich was appointed Executive Co-ordinator in April, to work for three days a week. The benefits to Architects for Health have been significant and appreciated by us all. We are now in a position to do more and to organise the resources of our members to be able to contribute to future developments. We also need to continue our search for further sponsorship.
Meanwhile, we have been working on initiatives for more comprehensive and accessible records of our events, on developing links with regions outside London, and on some educational initiatives. One good example of the latter was the seminar on health buildings, requested by the Anaesthetic Department of Charing Cross Hospital, held on the 6th June. We plan to develop all of these initiatives in the coming year.
As always, our key activity has been our programme of events. This has been varied and popular, with attendance numbers frequently reaching 100. Details of the events are available on the website.
The motion for the Reform Club Debate in February, sponsored by HBD, was ‘The Public Sector Comparator has become more of a liability than an asset’. The motion was defeated.
The April event was entitled, ‘Innovative Developments in Briefing’, and was sponsored by NHS Estates.
The June event, ‘City Hospitals’, was sponsored by Dräger Medical Limited.
Unfortunately, the session planned for July, when Professor Roger Ulrich was going to present a talk entitled, ‘What I have learnt about health care buildings in the UK: Personal observations after eight months of immersion’, had to be cancelled, but has been rescheduled for January 2006.
In September there was a visit to the Evelina Children’s Hospital.
The October event, ‘Designing against Cross Infection’, was held at the Building Centre to coincide with the ‘New London Architecture’ exhibition, which included a hospitals section, showcasing hospital buildings of recent years, and currently under development.
Our final event, ‘Sense & Sensibility’ will be taking place here this evening, and is sponsored by Dräger.
I would like to thank all participants for their contributions in enabling us to offer a programme of events of consistently high quality.
Architects for Health continues to support the Howard Goodman Fellowship: Innovation and Adaptability in Healthcare Facilities at Imperial College.
Architects for Health also had stands at several conferences and exhibitions, including the Healthcare Estates/IHEEM Conference & Exhibition, and at Japan Hospex in Tokyo earlier this month.
This year we have been able to strengthen our links with the Japan Institute for Healthcare Architecture (JIHA). We first made formal contact with them when, as part of the National Japan 2001, we hosted hospital visits, presentations, and a reception at the RIBA. They subsequently invited us to visit them, and we organised a one week study tour in Japan for twenty four members in November this year. Our hosts were extremely generous with their time and the visit was a great success. Reports and photos of all the hospitals are being collated in preparation for the publication of a record of the visit. Our March event for next year is provisionally programmed for a presentation of the Japan visit. Many people contributed to the success of the visit, but in particular I would like to thank Junko Iwaya, for her major contribution to the preparations and during the visit itself, Graham Cooper, Liane Friedrich and Paul Mercer for everything they did.
Finally I would like to thank all of our sponsors for their support, and all of the executive members for their hard work. Mike Nightingale, Sue Francis, Doug Wantling and Femi Santos all retire this evening by rotation from the executive. I am sincerely grateful to each of them for their valuable contributions to Architects for Health and hope that they will continue to support us in varying roles.
For your diaries, the Reform Club Debate will be held on Thursday 16th February.
24th November 2005