Health in cities - architecture, sustainability and innovation

Our future of healthcare discussions in Liverpool last month, with Royal College of Physicians North, Sensor City, the Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals and Rutherford Diagnostics, raised questions around the best ways to use data and robotics to improve patient outcomes, the value of private investment to the NHS in pushing forward state-of-the-art cancer treatment and the importance of high-quality architecture in creating sustainable health and innovation hubs to attract the best clinical and research talent.

The content collected at this forum followed our Healthy Cities debates at Apothecaries' Hall in January involving UCL, King's College London and Moorfields Eye Hospital. Watch out for our forthcoming report, drawing all this valuable insight together.

Deputy Chief Executive of the Royal College of Physicians, Clive Constable, began our life sciences and healthcare panel discussion at Future Cities Forum in Liverpool with a reference to Herman Melville's observation about Liverpool in 1849: 'In magnitude, cost and durability, the docks of Liverpool, even at the present day surpass all others in the a chain of immense fortresses'. One hundred and seventy years on the RCP has started construction on its own 'northern fortress' in the Knowledge Quarter Liverpool, with the aim of reinforcing member and community connections across the north while influencing debates about future health. Clive said: