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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.

Keynote: Finance

This keynote explores how capital can be democratised, giving community investors the choice to invest in health.

Keynote: Quality improvement

In this keynote address, covering evolutionary biology, genetics and healthcare stories, Dr Sharad P Paul MD focuses on the greatest defence doctors can develop against their own unemployment: empathy.

Keynote: Arts and health

Dr Daisy Fancourt details the growing research demonstrating the effects of arts and cultural engagement on health across the lifespan, from lullabies helping premature babies to gain weight, to magic tricks improving hand function in hemiplegia, to dance helping people with Parkinson’s disease to walk.

Critical care

This presentation explores futuristic intensive care unit (ICU) design with a view to how it may look in 2050. It focuses on various approaches to futuristic innovations and looks at new technologies that are seemingly way beyond today’s capabilities. These technologies will include a mixture of iterative improvements, as well as marked transformative changes.

Keynote: Ageing population

How will changes in population transform the world’s ability to meet the challenges that lie ahead for society and our healthcare services? This keynote talk explores this question and asks what solutions might be applied.

Keynote: Digital health

This keynote talk focuses on health innovator babylon's artificial intelligence and digital health technology, and the company's belief that it’s possible to put an accessible and affordable health service in the hands of every person on the planet.


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