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Public health: in the right place


Our 2030 surgery project, launched last year, set out our vision of what a community medical building of the future might look like – as the ambitions of the NHS Long Term Plan influence the way primary care buildings look, feel and operate for the patients and staff who use them. We’re looking at how that design might need to evolve, using the experiences of healthcare professionals in the NHS’s places and spaces during the pandemic so far and our forthcoming work with the Patients Association on what patients want to see to help them feel safe.

We’ve also teamed up with other organisations to develop that vision even further, in our new ‘Public health: in the right place’ project. What will the patients using that medical centre of the future want from their care? What will community health mean to us as patients by 2030? What will patients see as their priorities for community health as we move out of the pandemic – and how can spaces (both physical and virtual) help to deliver them? Read the summary of the first discussion for this project, and subscribe to receive updates at the end.

Our research and innovation work is focused on buildings for social impact. Read our report with more detail on what a GP surgery building of the future might look like, and find out why we think this is important.