Quality and Design in Cancer Care: What Does Good Practice Look Like?

Elizabeth Devas, Interim Design Lead at Macmillan Cancer Environments and architect Guy Barlow, Director at The Manser Practice, will give a joint presentation interrogating what ‘quality’ means in the context of cancer care environments, and investigating the ways in which quality can be evaluated and improved during the design process to ensure it is delivered in the final building.
Based on Macmillan’s extensive evidence-based research we will attempt to define what ‘quality’ means for patients and for staff, then illustrate the implications this can have on the design process, and how ‘quality’ can substantially affect the way cancer buildings operate and feel. The presentation will include a look at the design tools developed during these investigations, and consider how art and branding should be integrated into buildings, using built examples show the audience what ‘good practice’ looks like.
This presentation will look at recent UK projects including the new NGS Macmillan Unit at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, to illustrate what we have learned and how this is being applied to healthcare design.