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European Healthcare Design 2020

Royal College of Physicians, London, UK,
08–10 June 2020
Call for Papers

Healthcare is an active participant in the climate change and environmental degradation damaging our planet. So, our objective in 2020 is clear: to construct a comprehensive narrative for sustainable design in the widest sense – health system redesign, architecture, landscape, funding models, scientific and digital technologies, products and infrastructure, along with good food, art, performance, and nature.


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.


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.


In this keynote, Geoff shares some of Nesta’s work on influencing the social and behavioural aspects of health and some past work on mapping value in the built environment, so that planning decisions can better support physical and mental health.

Planetary health

This keynote talk looks at planetary health – a new field of study rooted in understanding the interdependencies of human and natural systems – and how healthcare relates to it.


Since the medical revolution in the mid-19th century, innovation has driven healthcare market developments and contributed to growing budgets. This keynote talk considers the importance of professional culture and cross-cultural sensitivity in healthcare.

Healthy Cities

This paper will discuss various design approaches to treating the health issues of a multi-generational population through connecting healthy building principles with broader placemaking and housing policies.

Quality improvement

The authors will explore the role of design intuition, especially as it relates to support for, or challenges to, an evidence-based decision model.

New models of care

With commissioners, providers and the public hoping to make the most of integrated healthcare in the future, how can professionals responsible for developing healthcare estate ensure integrated care has the best physical framework in which to operate? This talk provides some answers.

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.

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.

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Endorsing partners

  • Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
  • North Bristol NHS Trust
  • Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Building Blocks for Clinicians
  • The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design
  • Sykehusbygg HF (Norwegian Hospital Construction Agency)
  • University of Greenwich
  • European Health Property Network
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