European Healthcare Design Congress 2020
23 September 2020
BREI was a knowledge partner of the 6th European Healthcare Design Congress 2020 (14th - 18th September).
The Bartlett Real Estate Institute was a knowledge partner of the 6th European Healthcare Design (EHD) 2020 Congress (held by SALUS and Architects of Health) which took place between the 14th and 18th of September. It consisted of five days of conference activities comprising of 60 sessions of talks, panel discussions, workshops and networking.
Conference organisers handled the challenge of turning the conference virtual as they felt now more than ever, healthcare design has been largely effected by the impact of COVID-19 which will be felt for years to come.
“In some cases, the pandemic will accelerate trends already in play prior to the crisis, such as the need for infrastructure to be adaptable to changing needs, closer co-ordination of primary and secondary care, and delivery of health services via digital technology. In other ways, COVID-19 has raised new design issues such as supporting the mental health of patients and health workers.” – SALUS
The Bartlett Real Estate Institute was proud to be a part of the EHD Congress as our MSc Healthcare Facilities programme is one of a kind in the UK, demonstrating the value of an integrated and interdisciplinary programme related to healthcare facilities in the widest sense.
A BREI panel led by Dr Evangelia Chrysikou and Professor Yolande Barnes, took the main stage with “Professional education to build workforce capacity in healthcare design and planning” where an array of speakers from UCL provided attendees with the opportunity to learn how professional education can help build industry capacity to support all aspects of the process of creating, renewing and managing healthcare facilities. This includes development and capital projects; building solutions and systems; modern economics and finance for real estate; forms of value for real estate; health systems, services and technologies.
On the final day of the conference, MSc Healthcare Facilities graduate Charlie Sun discussed the role of telemedicine in the COVID-19 era, and whether a mobile phone with a secure connection can effectively perform consultations to an equal standard than one performed face-to-face.
"I was honoured to be chosen to discuss my research proposal of "Telemedicine in the Covid-19 era: Does a mobile phone and a secure connection do the trick?" It was a fantastic experience to take part in a global summit of this scope and I found it a great platform to build my network as I lead into ”healthcare facilities strategic planning“ after completing the MSc Healthcare Facilities." - Charlie Sun
Dr Evangelia Chrysikou opened our final session ‘The role of primary care in a pandemic’ with international leading experts from healthcare services and the education field. Their real life experience from across the continent lead to several discussions based off audience views on the integration of primary care and public healthcare, whilst in the epicentre of battling against COVID-19.
From this panel, Dr Lorena Dini said: “This conference provided a fantastic platform to not only expand networks and contacts, but also learn from other disciplines. As a medical doctor and researcher with a long experience in primary care, health systems and services research, I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the EHD Congress.”
Dr Evangelia Chrysikou who was the lead academic for EHD Congress 2020, said:
“We are very glad that our guest speakers had such a great time and enjoyed our sessions as these have been developed by the BREI team throughout the conference, as they see the potential of transdisciplinary collaborations. Thank you to all BREI staff and students, our panel, attendees and of course to SALUS for providing us the opportunity to partner an exceptional event.”