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European Healthcare Design 2019

Royal College of Physicians, London, UK,
17–19 June 2019

The curtain came down on the European Healthcare Design Congress 2019 yesterday (18 June) in traditional style, with a ceremony to celebrate the winners of the European Healthcare Design Awards.

Systems design

The world is facing a global healthcare workforce crisis and a future of too much work with too few workers – but design principles can, if well implemented, help alleviate the growing demographic and health challenges.

Planetary health

Successive generations have benefitted in extraordinary fashion from the exploitation of the planet’s natural resources, but in doing so, future generations’ ability to enjoy the same benefits may have been squandered.

Senior care

Many people suffering from dementia are able to reside in their own house initially but eventually end up in a residential care centre. The talk examines a new concept that provides a sense of ownership and control for residents – a feeling of having their own home.

Quality improvement

This session will describe and share the research methods and projects deployed to inform design and operational decision-making that helped Cleveland Clinic arrive at its current inpatient facility model.

Quality improvement

This talk considers the Scottish Government’s 20:20 Vision for NHS Scotland, which established a strategy for safe, sustainable, place-based, person-centred care close to home.

Circular economy

Research has discovered seven known elements of enriched environments that simulate our brains’ biological and chemical operating systems. This presentation will review the physiological and psychological evidence for these seven elements.

Place-based healthcare

Achieving universal health coverage remains key to the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda. This talk addresses how to overcome a sparse or lack of formal facilities across remote and rural areas.

Mental health

This presentation will illustrate how the creative intelligence of design can transform and improve the physical and mental environments in behavioural health, and how by working in collaboration with service providers and users, we can design for better outcomes that can reach from an individual sense of dignity to the greater whole – a pebble in the pond, from individual to a global reach.


Mind-enhancing environments, intelligence assemblies, and collective intelligence were some of the design innovations that formed the basis of a stirring keynote address from Geoff Mulgan, chief executive of innovation fund Nesta, at the European Healthcare Design 2019 Congress last week.

New models of care

The use of design principles rather than detailed model prescription provides part of the answer to the key question: what is the best way of meeting the needs of our patients and the wider population? So said Nigel Edwards, chief executive of the Nuffield Trust, which aims to improve healthcare in the UK through evidence and analysis, as he brought the first day of European Healthcare Design to a close last week in London.

Population ageing

How will changes in population transform the world’s ability to meet the challenges that lie ahead for society and our healthcare services?

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Endorsing partners

  • Design Council
  • The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design
  • 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
  • Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sykehusbygg HF (Norwegian Hospital Construction Agency)
  • North Bristol NHS Trust
  • European Health Property Network
  • University of Greenwich
  • The Bartlett Real Estate Institute, University College London
  • ViewPoint
  • Media partner: HealthManagement.org
  • Design in Mental Health Network
  • Australian Health Design Council
  • Building Blocks for Clinicians
Sponsors and exhibitors

  • HLM
  • Llewelyn Davies
  • WSP
  • BDP
  • Tarkett
  • HDR
  • Armitage Shanks
  • Perkins+Will Hx Lab
  • Stantec
  • Aecom
  • Archus
  • BAM
  • Sir Robert McAlpine
  • Ryder Architecture
  • Rutherford Estates Limited
  • Veritas Medical Solutions
  • Teal HealthCare
  • Art in Site
  • Guldmann
  • ProEconomy
  • Static Systems Group
  • Altro
  • Arjo UK Ltd
  • Visualite
  • Sky Factory, Inc.
  • Getinge
  • MTS Health Ltd
  • Halton
Award Sponsors

  • Integrated Health Projects
  • Integrated Health Projects
  • Medical Architecture
  • Hoare Lea