This Thinktank, co-created by CW+ (the charity of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Snape Maltings Creative Campus, brought together leading researchers, policy-makers, clinicians, practitioners and other stakeholders to consider physical / technological / human / natural / artistic / cultural aspects of The Future Hospital. In particular, it explored how these elements might be integrated to provide the ideal hospital environment conducive to:
Facilitated by Katherine Zeserson, discussions embraced a wide range of perspectives, stimulating new ideas for collaborative developments in transformative healthcare.
NB: Photo above shows ceramic installation commissioned by CW+ at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, by Adam Nathaniel Furman, image courtesy Gareth Gardner
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by Simon Wild
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the top ranked and top performing hospital trusts in London, providing care across two hospital sites and seven clinics to a community of over one million people. Over the past five years they have been laying the foundations to implement the next generation of healthcare – the new technologies, design and systems that will transform patient care pathways and operational efficiency. Their portfolio of next generation care projects includes:
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A Virtual Network/Advisory Group to share good practice in embedding arts/design/nature/wellbeing into existing hospital practices and environment. Ideas to include:
My Body is My Data Record – encouraging individuals to feel responsibility for their own health by ‘owning’ the data about their body and medical needs/history. This could potentially be achieved through through the development of an online/mobile app, trialled with a large cohort study of undergraduate students. The ultimate aim of this would be to promote a shift in culture to one of societal responsibility, trust in data, and an increased sense of empowerment that we have the power to positively impact our own individual health and wellbeing.
An International Architecture Design Competition to design the future hospital. Two categories: one for architects, one for non-architects. With high profile sponsorship and patronage, the competition would:
“I took away a wealth of new information, perspectives and thoughts and, equally importantly if not more so, introductions to a raft of exciting and engaging people.”
“It was a huge privilege to spend time with colleagues from such fascinating and diverse backgrounds. When we shared our ideas for what a future hospital looked like, I was really struck by this tension of wanting to create environments that are human scale and rooted in the real, that have a focus on wellness as opposed to illness, that can feel like learning spaces and that are a part of rather than apart from the community they serve. It felt that the role of the arts in supporting this vision was clear for us all.
We talked in detail about the importance of nature connectedness and how this can work in our healthcare environments. Everyone agreed that we need everyone to take more responsibility for their own healthcare and the thinking around how to do this was fascinating. This led to conversations about connecting people better now to what their environments can already offer.
My own patient and professional experiences focus on making connections between nature and art and mindfulness and I am actively involved in ways to enhance this at the Cambridge University Hospitals. I am also the eastern region representative for the newly formed LENS network which has been established to champion access to creative and cultural opportunities for all.”