Join our free webinar on revolutionising the workplace for healthcare workers

As part of the London Festival of Architecture 2021, White Arkitekter is delighted to host a digital roundtable on the subject of why we must revolutionise the workplace for healthcare workers through inclusive design and staff engagement on Tuesday 22 June 2021 at 11:00 BST/12:00 CET.

Why we must revolutionise the workplace for healthcare workers through architecture

The pandemic has taught us that hospitals, clinics and units must not only promote the mental and physical health and morale of staff, but also empower them to adapt an environment as and how a situation demands.


Tuesday 22 June 2021, 11:00–12:00 BST /12:00-13:00 CET


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Perhaps the most important legacy from this pandemic must be that we care for key workers and give them the best environments possible to do the vital work they perform. For healthcare workers: nurses, doctors, hospital porters, cleaners, this means designing the very best hospital, clinics and units that promote the mental and physical health and morale of staff, so they may perform their roles in a way that is supported, and sustainable. It also means creating environments where staff feel empowered to adapt, as and how a situation demands, so they can act in the interests of patient safety and care as only they know how.


Join this panel discussion to explore the future of healthcare design and hear from specialists behind some of today’s most progressive healthcare settings, and how they support the people that run them through inclusive design and staff engagement.


The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A.


Meet our speakers:



Michael Woodford, Partner at White Arkitekter, Director of London studio

Michael is an Architect, Partner and Director of White Arkitekter’s London Studio. He has an in-depth understanding of UK architectural practice based on his experience designing and delivering award-winning buildings with both UK and international practices. He has extensive experience of the design and delivery of large-scale projects including healthcare, higher education and research, housing and urban regeneration schemes. Michael is currently leading White’s design team for the new Cambridge Children’s Hospital project, as well as a new riverfront neighbourhood at Blackwall Yard with a strong focus on public health and wellbeing.




Jonathan Erskine, Director EuHPN

Jonathan is the Executive Director of the European Health Property Network (, a non-profit foundation that brings together a range of public, private and academic sector organisations with common interests in how best to plan, design, build and finance healthcare buildings. He is an honorary professor at the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, UCL, where he continues his research interests in healthcare infrastructure and health system development. He is also a non-executive director on the board of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, in the north east of England, where he takes a special interest in patient safety and the quality of services.


The COVID-19 pandemic has affected health and care staff in extraordinary and far-reaching ways, with radical impacts on patterns of work, mental and physical health, and relationships with employers, colleagues and the public. Jonathan will present lessons learned from a multidisciplinary, cross-sector study held by the European Health Property Network conducted between May 2020 to February 202. During the study, a range of professionals from 15 different countries reflected on the contribution of the built environment in supporting healthcare staff in a multitude of ways. Jonathan’s presentation will highlight how these lessons may affect future design choices of healthcare environments.



Charlotte Ruben, Architect and Partner, Head of Healthcare Design, White Arkitekter

Charlotte is an Architect SAR/MSA and Partner at White. She is Head of White´s Healthcare Design Network, a member of the evaluation committee of European Healthcare Design Congress, and an NLA Expert Panel member for the Healthcare programme #NLAHealth. Charlotte was Head Clinical Architect for the new extension of Karolinska Huddinge and one of the Lead Architects behind the pioneering New Karolinska Solna project in Stockholm. Today she is a part of the team behind Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.


Charlotte will put forward her case for the importance of the built environment for staff through the case study of Karolinska Huddinge; one of Sweden’s largest comprehensive surgery- and intervention units, planned and equipped to support the very latest in advanced treatment methods.



Ruth Charity, Oxford University Hospital Lead & Art Coordinator NHS

Ruth Charity is a contemporary art curator and commissioner for healthcare environments with over 25 years’ experience. She is the founder of artlink, the arts programme for Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, commissioning site specific works by artists such as Michael Craig-Martin, Jan von Holleben and Susan Morris among others. Additional freelance work has included the curation of works for the Oxford Fertility Centre; and for the library and student facilities at Oxford Brookes University; as well as arts strategy development for the Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Birmingham. Ruth has also written extensively on contemporary art for various catalogues and journals.


Over the past year, the environments in which hospital staff work have held even more importance and the role of art to support staff, patient and visitor wellbeing is being more widely acknowledged in hospital trusts than ever. Focusing on a new programme of artwork for the John Radcliffe Hospital’s ED Resus extension, Ruth will discuss the way in which artists can contribute to the creation of environments that support staff as well as patient wellbeing and the increasing focus on biophilia in hospital art programmes.



Kevin Bates, Director at Scott Tallon Walker

Kevin is a Director of Scott Tallon Walker Architects and a recipient of the RIAI Triennial Gold Medal for excellence in architecture. He has extensive experience of delivering highly complex projects across multiple sectors both nationally and internationally. These include the award-winning Tyndall National Institute for National University of Ireland and the BBSRC National Vaccinology Centre, Jenner Building at the Pirbright Institute. His most recent projects include the Grafton Way Building for UCLH, which contains Proton Beam Therapy and Europe’s largest Haematology Oncology Hospital. Kevin also acted as Lead Technical Advisor to UCLH for its recently completed specialist ENT and Dental Hospital.


Healthcare environments and staff duties continue to grow in complexity even as tele health and concepts such as ‘Hospitals Without Walls’ are developed. Looking at how the modern healthcare setting can enable the staff/patient/visitor relationship to work in harmony to alleviate stress and strain for all, Kevin will explore the role design has to play in this dynamic to allow the building to function efficiently while inspiring calmness and positivity.



Register by Monday 21 June 2021 at 11:00 GMT / 12:00 CET

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