Scotland: A Learning Laboratory for the World

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A Picture of Health: From Policy to Places Designed for People

An exhibition featuring 31 Scottish healthcare projects and 20 design teams has been commended at a recent international conference for showing how engaging building users in early design briefing can improve the quality development – leading to EuHPN keynote speaker, Blair Sadler, describing Scotland as a “A Learning Laboratory for the World”.

The exhibition – A Picture of Health – outlines the NHSScotland Design Assessment Process (NDAP) which is a world-leading approach where the experience of patients and staff is given a clear voice in the brief of new facilities and where those responsible for project delivery must show how this brief is going to be achieved as they apply for funding, embedding design quality into the permission process.

The Scottish Government’s 2020 Vision is that by the year 2020 everyone is able to live longer healthier lives at home, or in a homely setting. This is developed further in the NHS’s Quality Strategy placing an increasing emphasis on the quality of place and personal experience of healthcare facilities.

The A Picture of Health exhibition describes how strategic design briefs are now developed through user engagement at the outset of a project, and captures the aspirations of client teams for facilities they are developing across the country. The projects showcased range from an urban gym and a dental clinic through to health centres, a major hospital and a national laboratory, showing the versatility of this way of working. It also features commentary from staff across NHSScotland on how the process is effecting stakeholder engagement, client confidence in valuing good design and ultimately improving the patient environment.

The exhibition was initially shown at the select EuHPN (European Health Property Network) workshop in Edinburgh in early October, which showcased the work of NHSScotland and Scottish design teams on the international stage.

The A Picture of Health exhibition, curated by Architecture and Design Scotland, Health Facilities Scotland and the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorate, will next be on show at the Health Facilities Scotland conference in Crieff on 6-7 November. It will then be open to the public on 14 November at The Lighthouse, Glasgow, and will run until 28 January 2015.

Speaking about the A Picture of Health exhibition Heather Chapple from Architecture and Design Scotland said

We hope to capture a snapshot of how this new way of working is helping improve the nature, amenity and value for money of projects. It hears from people who have been involved in NDAP, the policy leaders and staff in the NHS, on the benefits they feel are being achieved and it highlights the design teams whose skills in responding to the developing ambition in the sector in a way that is both uplifting and economical has been key to realising the Vision”

Projects and Practices featured in the A Picture of Health exhibition:

Anderson Bell + Christie
Dunscore Health Centre
The West Centre

Archial NORR
Midpark Hospital
Royal Edinburgh Hospital
Dumfries Dental Centre
Inverclyde Continuing Care Bed Facility

Dalkeith Health Centre
Migdale Hospital

Avanti Architects
Barrhead Health and Social Care Centre

Campbell and Arnott
Chalmers Centre

Midpark Hospital
Possil Health Centre, Urban Gym
Royal Edinburgh Hospital, landscape

Gareth Hoskins Architects
Firrhill Partnership Centre
Eastwood Health Centre
Blackburn Partnership Centre

haa design
Mental Health Bedrooms – concept sketch

Holmes Miller
Renfrew Health and Social Care Centre

IBI Nightingale
North Ayrshire Community Hospital

Midpark Hospital

Aberdeen Community Health and Care Village
Gorbals Health Care Centre
Stirling Primary Care Village

Keppie Design
West of Scotland Satellite Radiotherapy Facility

Laing O’Rourke/Ryder/NBBJ/FIRA
Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary

Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre, Highlands

Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service

Reiach and Hall
Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service
Stobhill Hospital
Stobhill Hospital Ward Extension

Richard Murphy Architects
Muirview Ward, Stratheden Hospital
Elmview Ward, Stratheden Hospital

Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital Wayfinding Strategy

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