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European Healthcare Design 2017

Royal College of Physicians, London, UK,
11–14 June 2017
About European Healthcare Design

The Preliminary Programme for the third European Healthcare Design Congress & Exhibition 2017 has been published, with huge demand for delegate registrations, which can be booked via an online form on the EHD website.

EHD Awards 2017

The official shortlist for the European Healthcare Design Awards 2017 has been announced, following a hard-fought competition and intensive judging process.

System redesign

The old bastion of primary, secondary and tertiary care needs to be torn down to make way for a new concept – that of the hospitals without walls.

Service redesign

This talk explores a new and refreshing approach to how we understand and improve healthcare systems. Hamish Dibley outlines this alternative approach to realising better healthcare services at less cost. It begins with looking at healthcare not from a conventional activity perspective but from a person-centred one.

New models of care

Ian's opening keynote address provides an update on the Future Hospital programme and gives insight on the lessons for evolving and refining the concept of 'the hospital without walls' to deliver holistic and coordinated care for patients, whether they are in hospital or in the community.

New models of care

In January 2015, the NHS invited individual organisations and partnerships to apply to become ‘vanguard’ sites for the new care models programme, one of the first steps towards delivering the ‘Five Year Forward View’ and supporting improvement and integration of services. Sam's keynote provides an update on the programme and highlights some of the key lessons to date.


The delivery of care in healthcare facilities results in an ever-increasing environmental footprint, which contributes to damaging the health of the community it seeks to serve. This keynote address examines this contradictory connection between healthcare and environmental health, and explores what can be done to realign the relationship in a positive direction.

Service redesign

There are some odd design ‘rules’ in healthcare. They include: organising around medical disciplines rather than patient problems; the disconnection between primary and home care; the sickest patients being seen by the most junior doctor; and a system of outpatient care that is akin to patient storage. Nigel's keynote outlines a set of new design principles for service delivery, which, he says, are beginning to challenge the old concepts.

Arts and health

As we get older, no matter what our physical and cognitive abilities, each of us deserves a life worth living – a life that reflects who we are and engages us in ways we find meaningful. This keynote presents examples of how the I’m Still Here approach to implementing the arts, culture and design in the lives of those facing cognitive challenges enables them to have a life worth living.


There is a paradoxical relationship between hospitals and the environment, and to change it, the whole healthcare sector needs to be moved upstream.

Senior care

There is a choice to be made in the new paradigm of healthcare and design: do we choose to build a system that encourages despair or do we design one founded on hope?

System redesign

Our health economies suffer from “organisational Alzheimer’s”, where an obsession with activity drives up costs and dehumanises the whole system of care.

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Endorsing partners

  • Design Council
  • The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design
  • RIBA Architecture
  • Medical Architecture Research Unit
  • Essentia at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
  • Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Construction Industry Council
  • University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sykehusbygg HF (Norwegian Hospital Construction Agency)
  • North Bristol NHS Trust
  • Landscape, Gardens & Health Network
  • Health Care Without Harm Europe
  • Media partner: HealthManagement.org
  • Media partner: Healthcare design & management magazine
  • Maggie's
  • Clinicians for Design
Sponsors and exhibitors

  • Perkins+Will
  • WSP
  • Sir Robert McAlpine
  • HLM
  • Llewelyn Davies
  • Stantec
  • HDR
  • CHP
  • Vanguard Healthcare
  • V Guldmann
  • Nora Flooring Systems UK
  • Art in Site
  • Gerflor
  • Pineapple Contracts
  • KwickScreen
  • Teal HealthCare
  • Veritas Medical Solutions
  • HT Group
Award Sponsors

  • Integrated Health Projects
  • Medical Architecture