‘Blurring the Boundaries – designing place-based health systems’ is the theme of this year’s European Healthcare Design (EHD) Conference, to be held at the Royal College of Physicians in London on 17-19 June 2019. As sponsors of the Conference, WSP will have strong representation, with our focus on Future Ready Healthcare, alongside world-renowned experts from across the healthcare sector. 

The Conference will explore how the blurring of the boundaries between public health and healthcare with personal responsibility and lifestyles, and of the lines between the physical, digital and biological worlds, present unique opportunities to transform healthcare facilities into new types of buildings to meet current needs and future demands.

We will actively support this theme throughout the Conference, presenting on numerous topics and participating in panel discussions.


Day 1: 17 June 2019

The Conference provides us with a great platform to promote our Global Healthcare Index, which we are developing in partnership with the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design of the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London. The Index will compare the preparedness of cities to meet the emerging healthcare needs of their populations. Gerard Briscoe and Gail Ramster, the lead research associates with the RCA, will deliver a presentation entitled “Designing a global index of future-readiness for healthcare challenges” as part of the session (Session 6) on The policy and practice of place-based health on the first morning of the conference.

Simon Kydd will then chair the next session (Session 7) on Designing for whole-health models, during which Suzanne MacCormick, WSP UK Associate Director – Healthcare Advisory, will present on “How to develop integrated care” alongside Cressida Toon of Sonnemann Toon Architects. For a flavour of the session, check out Simon's interview here, and Suzanne’s video on designing adaptable outpatients’ rooms here.

Day 2: 18 June 2019

Presentations by WSP experts continue on the second day of the conference, with Kris Noiseux, WSP Opus market leader – health, from New Zealand, taking part in the session (Session 17) on Designing for resilience. Kris will talk about designing hospitals in challenging locations in his presentation: “Grey Base Hospital case study: Resilient, multiuse design in one of the most challenging locations on earth.” You can watch Kris’ video on designing hospitals to function through an earthquake  here.

Finally, as part of Session 18 on Place-based health in low income countries, mechanical engineer and healthcare expert from WSP Africa, Jabulile Nhlapo, will share her experience in a presentation entitled “Developing an eco-system of place-based healthcare infrastructure in developing markets.” Watch her video on making medicine mobile here.

Throughout the Conference, our poster presentations will be exhibited in the gallery of innovative research and design projects, on the following topics:

  • Creating a second nurse – how can a truly smart hospital empower patients? by Matthew Marson, head of smart places (EMEA)

  • Our changing communities – designing for integrated healthcare by Suzanne MacCormick,  associate director (UK)

  • How digital and medical technology convergence is transforming health developing countries by Gary Hamilton, senior vice president and healthcare practice lead  (USA)

  • Visualising a global index of future-readiness for healthcare challenges by Gerard Briscoe and Gail Ramster (RCA)


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