EHE findings and reports

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Part of Enhancing the Healing Environment

See findings and reports from the Enhancing the Healing Environment programme.


The impact of the Enhancing the Healing Environment (EHE) programme extends beyond the improvement of physical environments, bringing benefits such as the personal development of team members, innovative new approaches to patient involvement and the fostering of closer links with local communities.

Longer term benefits that have already emerged from the programme include; patients, staff and the public having an increased sense of ownership of the hospital environment, and the potential for well-designed environments to reduce aggressive behaviour from patients. The programme has built strong evidence of the therapeutic impact of good design, and has helped to encourage more widespread use of the arts within hospital settings.


Below are a few of the independent reports that give additional evidence to support the work of the Enhancing the Healing Environment programme. 

York Health Economics Consortium: Evaluation of the EHE programme

This evaluation was undertaken by York Health Economics Consortium (YHEC), from the University of York, and RKW Healthcare Consultants. RKW focused on the environmental aspects of the evaluation, while YHEC focused on the therapeutic, economic and process aspects.

EHE evaluation York Health Economic Consortium

Evaluation summary of the South Staffordshire and Shropshire project

This evaluation report explores the value and impact of the redesign and refurbishment of the common area at Norbury House, the intensive care unit for adult acute mental health patients at St. George's Hospital, Stafford.

South Staffordshire evaluation

'Beyond Prescription' - conference report

The London Centre for Arts and Cultural Enterprise released this report: 'Mapping Arts, Health and Higher Education Research', from their 2007 conference - Beyond Prescription.

Read the conference report

Hospice design

This report was produced after the Architects for Health meeting held at The King's Fund in 2007.

Hospice design report

Review of Arts and Health Working Group

In 2007, the Department of Health published a Review of Arts and Health Working Group.

Design Champions

The Role of Design Champions report sets out the Design Champion initiative and describes the role of the Design Champion. It also provides information about what design quality is, and ways in which Design Champions can achieve it.

A Case for Art

Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust was involved in a collaborative arts project, funded by the Arts Council.

A Case for Art