Designing better mental healthcare facilities


A patient standpoint on the PICU experience

Presenting jointly on the opening morning of June’s Design in Mental Health 2023 Conference, Dr Stephen Dye, a consultant psychiatrist, and one of his former patients, Bernard Fox – now a committed campaigner for better mental healthcare environments, discussed ‘Physical environments of PICUs from the patient perspective’.

Awards celebrate desire to ‘make things better

A heartfelt plea for support for suicide prevention charity, Maytree, and a virtuoso violinist, preceded the presentation of nine Design in Mental Health Awards during the DiMHN’s 2023 well-attended annual conference and exhibition in Coventry in June.

COVER STORY: A healing design combines aesthetics and purpose

A welcoming and aesthetically pleasing environment plays a crucial role in supporting service-user well-being.

One furniture specialist’s journey toward Net Zero

Furniture manufacturer, Pineapple Contracts, discusses the NHS’s Net Zero targets that mean suppliers will soon be required to demonstrate their carbon reduction activities.

Hot and cold drinks ‘on tap’ for service-users

New drinking taps from Hotspot Titanium are designed to give staff and service-users safe, rapid access to hot and cold filtered water, helping foster greater independence.

A ‘home from home’ for children with disabilities

Fleet Architects’ director, Jaime Bishop, and associate architect, Kai Xin Tan, explain how the practice has ‘reimagined respite care’ for young people with disabilities in Northampton, producing a unified design concept for the short breaks service at the John Greenwood Shipman Centre in Northampton on behalf of Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Pre-testing a ‘valuable exercise’ for Polar NE

Polar NE discusses its recent positive experience having one of its windows ‘pre-tested’ to the BRE and DiMHN’s Informed Choices standard test criteria.

Mental health specifiers targeted by IPS specialist

BioClad, an IPS unit and hygienic and antimicrobial cladding maker, has established its first in-house IPS manufacturing unit, as its looks to move into acute mental healthcare.

Helping specifiers make more ‘informed choices’

A look by three BRE staff at the new BRE / DiMHN Informed Choices product testing standard and associated certification scheme, and what the process involves.

Service-users’ major say in Highgate East’s design

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust’s new Highgate East inpatient facility will provide first-class, 21st century mental healthcare for adults across North Central London

Mental health lighting – an evolution in design

Whitecroft Lighting has been lighting UK mental healthcare facilities for a generation, and endeavours to stay one step ahead of a market in ‘perpetual motion’.

Norwegian high security facility’s striking setting

Ratio arkitekter reports on a ground-breaking and award-winning new high security mental healthcare facility in a striking setting in Trondheim in northern Norway

Progress in eradicating ‘dormitory’ facilities

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is co-designing its ambitious new mental health facilities with service-users and clinical staff. The team behind ‘Making Room for Dignity’ reports on the plans for new inpatient facilities, and the progress made to date.

Portrane facility reflects updated national policy

Ireland’s new National Forensic Mental Health Service Hospital exploits the therapeutic value of nature ‘in a discreetly secure setting which promotes the recovery of patients’

How lived experience shaped new CEO’s goals

The DiMHN’s first ever CEO is a former service-user who has worked with mental healthcare providers, and has delivered both peer worker support and co-production training – Hannah Chamberlain recently spoke to The Network’s editor

News of Network’s first CEO announced at AGM

The DiMHN’s 2022 AGM, held ‘virtually’ in November, saw reports on the previous 12 months, including a highly successful conference and exhibition, a new Lived Experience Advisory Panel, and the DiMHN’s first full-time salaried employee, a new Chief Executive.

Paving the way for future rehabilitation services

The award-winning redevelopment of an unused site in Wesham has created a modern new rehabilitation facility for Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust.

Making sound choices for the benefit of all users

Andrea Harman, Concept developer for Healthcare for Saint-Gobain Ecophon, discusses some of the key considerations and steps to create a quieter, more calming, recovery environment for service-users in mental healthcare settings, and some of the things to avoid

‘Baby Boom’ generation will redefine ‘old age’

Highly experienced architect, and founder of IBI TH!NK, Richard Mazuch, argues that architects, designers, and planners, need to tailor their thinking on the optimal living and care environments to the needs and wants of the so-called ‘Baby Boomer’ generation.

Pears Maudsley Centre to ‘put young people first’

David Bradley, CEO of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, explains the design principles behind the Pears Maudsley Centre for Children and Young People, which is set to open in London in 2023.

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