Faced with the challenges of implementing climate-smart healthcare systems, delivering new service and asset models that strengthen resilience, and creating humanistic environments that promote wellbeing, how do we create self-learning health systems?
The UK and many other developed nations are facing myriad challenges in strengthening resilience within our healthcare systems, but there are opportunities to seize that can help us in this quest, such as investment in technology and the learning of new skills by both staff and patients.
In this keynote talk, Jennifer Dixon explores the barriers and opportunities faced by our healthcare systems today and into the future. Using the UK as a case example, she addresses the question of how best to chart an intelligent path into the future by identifying the issues and conditions for progress that are applicable to many other countries.
Keynote: Re-imagining the future hospital: Patient and clinical perspectives on safety, wellbeing and value
Healthcare systems have been making strides in improving patient safety, as demonstrated by the reduction of healthcare–associated infections and other complications of care. But the Covid-19 pandemic degraded patient safety and staff wellness so quickly and severely, it suggested that our healthcare systems lack a sufficient resilient safety culture and infrastructure.
In a moving and inspirational keynote on day two of the 2023 Congress, which took a slight detour from its plenary theme of ‘strengthening health system resilience’ to throw the reliance spotlight on the individual, traumatic brain injury survivor Ben Clench shared his insights on the importance of engaging with patients and harnessing the local voice and action when designing and delivering hospitals, health facilities and services.
With the climate crisis and sustainable healthcare design a strong theme of this year’s Congress, it was fitting that the European Healthcare Design Awards 2023, organised by Architects for Health and SALUS, should bring the event to a close by honouring a true trailblazer of regenerative design – Robin Guenther, a former principal of Perkins&Will and senior advisor to Health Care Without Harm, who sadly passed away last month following a prolonged battle with cancer.
The relationship between the city and the rural countryside in respect of food and how we eat was the topic served up by the first day’s closing keynote speaker, Carolyn Steel. An architect and author, Steel published her book, Sitopia: How food can save the world, as the UK entered its first lockdown due to Covid-19 in March 2020.