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Powerful precedent for historic NHS site

How a fascinating historical site, and a close working relationship between Kajima, Sir Robert McAlpine, and a Mental Health NHS Trust, has helped unlock the estate modernisation of the Springfield University Hospital in Wandsworth.

Taking some guess work out of product selection

The Design in Mental Health Network and multidisciplinary building science centre, BRE have jointly developed a guide to testing a broad spectrum of products used in mental healthcare facilities to ensure fitness for purpose.

Collaborative research delivers valuable insights

Freelance writer, Debbie Giggle, talks to Antonio Lourenco, Global Product manager at Altro, about what the flooring and wall cladding specialist dubs ‘an innovative collaborative research project to assist safety and wellbeing in acute mental health wards through better design of buildings, components, fixtures, and fittings’.

Safety and security in a therapeutic setting

Design engineers, Safehinge Primera, are passionate about working alongside mental healthcare providers to develop products that create safe spaces for recovery.

Combating isolation, keeping independence

Peter Moran, Director at Todd Architects, considers how using light, colour, and scale, can promote independence and wellbeing for residents in dementia-friendly housing, in turn helping to combat isolation and minimise stress.

Reducing the indignity of physical restraint

Pineapple Contracts has recently unveiled two pieces of furniture designed to make physical intervention practices in the mental healthcare sector safer and more dignified for patients, as well as staff. Daniel White, the company’s head of Sales, explains how the products were developed, and the rationale behind them.

Drawing on experience to help and guide others

In the January 2020 The Network, Katharine Lazenby, who spent more time in her 20s in mental healthcare facilities than at home, but is now on the road to recovery, discussed with editor, Jonathan Baillie, some of her at times challenging and difficult experiences as an inpatient service-user.

Historic hospital’s fitting replacement

Derek Shepherd, a director at P+HS Architects, describes the many different architectural, aesthetic, clinical, and service-user-centric elements the practice took into account in creating a new adult and older people’s acute inpatient mental healthcare facility in York for the Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust.

Fendor purchase marks the start of a new era

It is now almost three years since Crittall, an Essex-based window manufacturer with a history spanning well over a century, acquired the trade and assets of Fendor – a specialist designer and manufacturer of high security, ballistic, and bomb-proof fenestration, which also supplies windows to the custodial, mental health, and petrochemical industries.

From ruined barns to residential facility

The IAD Company, an award-winning Cardiff-based not-for-profit design consultancy, recently successfully redeveloped a number of ruined agricultural barns on the Welsh coast into a set of ‘forever homes’ for adults living with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Contrasting settings and their differing impact

Katharine Lazenby has extensive ‘lived experience’ as a mental health service-user, having, in her 20s, been admitted to inpatient facilities 10 times over a 13-year period. Now firmly on the path to recovery, she works to help others with mental ill health get better, feel more ‘in control’, and regain their equilibrium.

Good domestic design boosts wellbeing

Richard Mazuch, an architect and designer, and the director of Design Research and Innovation at IBI Group, looks at some of the effects of different domestic environments, designs, and characteristics, on mental health.

Helping to develop lifelong resilience

With, as he puts it, ‘funding shortfalls in the billions, year-long wait times for CAMHS referrals, and young people in crisis being left in limbo’, Phil Tottman, the developer of Book of Beasties:

Imaginative designs for therapeutic settings

Teal LifeCare designs, develops, and manufactures furniture to meet the specific needs of service-users with dementia, challenging behaviour, learning disabilities, eating disorders, autism, and a variety of mental health conditions.

A ‘paradigm shift’ in inpatient care

The use of seclusion and restraint in mental healthcare settings, and how such practices use can be reduced in line with ‘more 21st century’ thinking, and more ‘humane’ ways of dealing with extremely distressed or, on occasions, violent service-users, was the subject of an afternoon session on the first day of this year’s Design in Mental Health 2019 conference.

Addressing gaps and outdated practices

Former Minister of State for Care and Support, the Rt. Honorable Sir Norman Lamb MP, a passionate mental health campaigner and advocate for equal public funding for physical and mental health, gave one of the opening keynotes on Day Two of this year’s Design in Mental Health conference in Coventry, drawing on his experience both as an MP and Minister, and his extensive and committed work ‘behind the scenes’ as a champion of first-class mental healthcare provision fit for the 21st century. The Network’s editor, Jonathan Baillie, reports.

Creating controlled but more humane settings

A look both at ‘the drawbacks of traditional key systems’ in inpatient mental healthcare settings – especially in removing service-users’ ‘basic freedoms’, and the risk of keys being used for harm, and at an access control specialist’s launch of a wireless solution which reportedly not only maintains security and safety, but also ‘gives service-users some independence and responsibility’.

Update on joint testing guidance initiative

Concerned about the lack of clear standards for products used in mental health settings, and of guidance and consensus on how to test them, the Design in Mental Health Network has been working with built environment consultancy, BRE, since 2014 to establish standards for testing key performance characteristics for products used in such settings to enable meaningful comparison and aid selection.

Recognising excellence in a sporting setting

The presentation of eight awards celebrating everything from creativity and teamwork, to service-user engagement and product innovation, an entertaining after-dinner speech by doctor, journalist, and health campaigner, Dr Phil Hammond, and a collection that raised over £1,200 for a teenage mental health charity, were among the highlights of the 2019 Design in Mental Health Awards Dinner.

Conference will address most talked-about issues

A second look – following our event preview in the January 2019 The Network – at some of the highlights that visitors can expect at next month’s Design in Mental Health 2019 conference, exhibition, and awards dinner, at a new, larger venue, Coventry’s Ricoh Arena – including some of the new products and services on show.