RECENT FEATURE ARTICLES
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’.
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.
A welcoming and aesthetically pleasing environment plays a crucial role in supporting service-user well-being.
Furniture manufacturer, Pineapple Contracts, discusses the NHS’s Net Zero targets that mean suppliers will soon be required to demonstrate their carbon reduction activities.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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’
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.
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
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.