Investing in hospitals of the future

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Despite considerable investments in health facilities worldwide, little systematic evidence is available on how to plan, design and build new facilities that maximize health gain and ensure that services are responsive to the legitimate expectations of users. This book brings together current knowledge about key dimensions of capital investment in the health sector.

A number of issues are examined, including new models of long-term care, capacity planning, the impact of capital investment on the health care workforce, markets and competition, systems used for procurement and financing, the whole lifecycle of health facilities, facility management, the wider impact of capital investment on the local community and economy, how care models can be translated into capital asset solutions, and issues of therapeutic and sustainable design.

This book is of value to those interested in the planning, financing, construction, and management of new health facilities. It identifies critical lessons that increase the chances that capital projects will be successful.

 

The editors

Bernd Rechel is Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom, and Research Officer at the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.

Stephen Wright is an Associate Director in the Projects Directorate, European Investment Bank.

Nigel Edwards is director of policy for the NHS Confederation, and Honorary Visiting Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom.

Barrie Dowdeswell is Director of Research at the European Centre for Health Assets and Architecture (ECHAA) and former Executive Director of the European Health Property Network (EuHPN), and Associate of the Centre for Clinical Management Development, Durham University, United Kingdom.

Martin McKee is Professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom, and Research Director at the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.