Medicine Unboxed VOICE 23-24 November 2013

Medicine Unboxed 2013: VOICE is a mosaic of the subjective, personally charged and disparate voices that gather and resonate within medicine.

Our explorations will include the patient’s voice, the sung voice, the hallucinated voice, the voice of the politically engaged, the poetic voice, the silent voices of the operating theatre, voices captured mid-conversation, the hidden voice of the subconscious, the struggle for medicine’s true voice, and what it is finally that makes our voice heard, and draws us to genuinely hear others’ voices through the clamour and bleeps of medicine’s world.

PLACE Assessments published

The results of the first ever patient-led assessments of the care environment (PLACE) have been published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre. The assessments involved teams of patients and independent evaluators visiting hospital wards and reviewing non-clinical services such as cleanliness, food, hydration, and the extent to which the provision of care with privacy and dignity is supported. The measurements for “Condition, Appearance and Maintenance” showed enormous variation between different hospitals from scores of 100% for some hospitals to well below 50% for others.

AfH Glasgow Event 2013 – full version

Health Procurement in Scotland

Mike Baxter, Deputy Director of the Scottish Futures Trust
Opening the debate on a sunny Glasgow afternoon to a 70 strong audience at the Lighthouse Gallery, Mike Baxter, an accountant by training, immediately made the audience at ease by relinquishing his tie in an effort to blend in with “a room full of architects”.

Mike outlined the context for the procurement of health buildings in Scotland, drawing interesting comparisons with the English system, and explained the key organizational difference in Scotland ie that Government policy is delivered through 14 health boards, who are responsible for all services from primary, community through to acute healthcare services. He pointed out that there are no equivalent PCT’s or Commissioning bodies and this is with the expressed aim of being to provide an integrated healthcare service across the full range of services.
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AfH Glasgow Event Visits on 11 September 2013

Barrhead Health and Social Care Centre

Lead designers – Avanti Architect
We started our tour of four recently completed or under-construction health buildings at Barrhead. It was a grey and rainy day and we dodged the torrential showers to find shelter.

The new £18 million Barrhead Health and Social Care Centre was opened in 2011. It provides a wide range of health services, including GP, dental, physiotherapy and older adult day services, alongside community services such as district nursing, health visiting and home care. The centre is run in partnership between NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and East Renfrewshire Council, with both organisations sharing ownership of the building.
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AfH Glasgow Event 2013 Speaker CVs

Mike Baxter
Mike is the Deputy Director (Capital and Facilities) within the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates. Mike’s role covers asset management, the distribution and control of the capital budget for NHS Scotland as well as the development of capital investment policy within the Scottish Health sector. Mike is an accountant by background and spent 11 years in local government before joining the then Scottish Executive in January 2000. Mike was Head of the Private Finance and Capital Unit between 2002 and 2008 before taking up his current role. Mike is Chair of the Health Directorate’s Capital Investment Group, Chair of the European Health Property Network and a member of CIPFA’s Executive Committee in Scotland.
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AfH Glasgow Event 2013 programme and sponsors

10 and 11 September – at The Lighthouse, Glasgow

10 September
2.00 – Registration and refreshments
2.20 – Welcome from AfH
2.30 – Health Procurement in Scotland: Mike Baxter, Deputy Director, Finance, eHealth and Pharmaceuticals, Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates
2.50 – Southern General Hospital: Neil Murphy, IBI Nightingale and Paul Serkis, Brookfield Multiplex Construction Europe
3.10 – Lessons from Small to Large: Dennis O’Keeffe NHS Dumfries & Galloway with Graeme Armet, Richard Murphy Architects and Colin Carrie, Keppie Design
3.30 – Discussion
3.45 – Primary Care Reference Design: Heather Chapple A+D Scotland
4.05 – Design Policy in Practice, a Client Perspective: Steve Shon, NHS Lothian
4.25 – Design for Primary and Community Care: Clare Kemsley, Gareth Hoskins Architects
4.45 – Discussion
5.00 – 6.00 – Networking Reception

11 September
9.00 – 5.00 – Visits by coach – Fully booked


Main event sponsor

Sheppard Robson




Programme subject to change

Announcement of the AfH Design Awards Shortlist 2013

We are delighted to announce the shortlist for this year’s AfH Design Awards. From a record number of entries, we are please to present the 6 shortlisted projects in alphabetical order :

Future Hospital Hub by JCA
Glenside Health Services , Adelaide South Australia by Medical Architecture
Hampshire Cancer Treatment Centre by BDP
Private Patients Facility and Radiotherapy Suite at Basingstoke Hospital by Paul Murphy Architects
Royal Liverpool University Hospital Redevelopment, Liverpool by NBBJ
Torbay Hospital, Torquay, Devon by Avanti Architects

The presentation of the 3 awards will take place at 5pm on Tuesday 8th October at our exhibition stand at the IHEEM conference.

What else are we doing at IHEEM?

We are also organising 2 strand events on the main conference programme on Tuesday 8th October:

at 2pm Modern environments for dementia and mental health services with Teva Hesse from CF Muller and Stepanie Brady from Wilmott Dixon Construction Ltd

at 4pm. How can we do more with less? 10 things that must be done to the NHS Estate presented by John Cooper, Chair and Christopher Shaw, Executive Member of Architects for Health.

John Cooper will also take part in a panel discussion and question time on Wednesday 9 Oct at 10 am.

Susan Francis will present a review of recent events and activities on Tuesday 8 Oct at 10.30 in the Exhibition Hall.

We have circulated by email the discount opportunities for AfH members to the Conference.