Design in Mental Health 2018 event preview

by Simon Corben, director and Head of Profession, NHS Estates and Facilities Efficiency & Productivity Division at NHSI Improvement. After 16 years in the private sector, advising the NHS and growing and managing a team of property and clinical planning consultants and analysts, latterly as Business Development director and sector lead, Health Team, at Capita, he returned to the public sector in April 2017 to head up NHSI’s Estates and Facilities function. Building on his predecessor and current IHEEM President, Pete Sellars’ work on the Lord Carter programme, he says he is now keen ‘to take the team forward to provide the toolkit and expertise to assist the NHS in the next stage of delivering the improvements set out in the Five Year Forward View and the Naylor Report’.

POST-IMPLEMENTATION REVIEWS Following coffee, the first of the multi-speaker sessions will look at Post-Implementation Reviews, beginning with experienced architect, Rosemary Jenssen, presenting a ‘Toolkit case study’ on the UK mental healthcare sector’s first P22 Pre- and Post-Occupancy Evaluation – of Atherleigh Park, a new £40 m mental health hospital in Leigh, Lancashire. Operated by the North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, it incorporates inpatient services, an adult PICU, an older people’s and dementia inpatient service, and an adults’ mental health home treatment team. Wendy de Silva, Mental Healthcare lead at IBI Group, and William Lauder, general manager, Ayrshire Central Hospital, will then present on ‘Woodland View revisited’, discussing post-occupancy findings on the new 206-bed acute mental health facility and community hospital at the Ayrshire hospital site, while Paul Yeomans, a director at Medical Architecture, and John Carson, head of Capital Development and Planning for Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, will discuss a post-implementation review of the Mitford Unit (The Network – January 2018), a 24-hour inpatient support and treatment unit for up to 15 adults with severely complex autistic spectrum disorders at Morpeth’s Northgate Hospital. The presentations will be followed by a ‘Q&A’ session.

‘PERSONAL SPACE’ Post-lunch, the first conference session highlighting the impact of sensory factors on the mental healthcare environment, focusing on ‘Personal space’, will see Áine O’Reilly, an occupational therapy manager in mental health services at the Health Service Executive, Ireland, and Isoilde Dillon, a senior architectural advisor in Ireland’s Housing Agency, discuss Design for Mental Health, Housing Design Guidelines, a new publication they have recently co-authored ‘to promote independent living in the mental health recovery process’.

PERINATAL UNIT Tony Pollintine, a director of Grainge Architects, will then discuss a new Mother & Baby Unit for the South West (of England) that


Jeff Bartle, a consultant to the sector, and former senior employee of St Andrew’s Healthcare, who has helped put together the 2018 conference programme.

the practice has designed for the Devon Partnership NHS Trust at the Wonford House site in Exeter. Of the four such centres commissioned by the NHS, this is the only one set to be purpose built. In the session’s final address, Jonathan Wilson, Principal and Health Sector Lead at architect, Stantec, who has led a wide range of projects during over three decades of architectural practice, serving on advisory bodies such as The Design Council CABE and the NHS Estates Design Review Panel, will discuss Stantec’s design of a new-build inpatient/ outpatient facility, The Center for Addiction and Mental Health, being built on the site of a former walled and gated asylum in central Toronto, and ‘integrated into the local community’.

IMPACT OF SOUND After a tea break, ‘Sonic Space’ will be the focus of a session in which Professor Reavey will discuss she and her LSBU colleagues’ recent work to produce the new report on the impact of sound on mental health service-users. This will be followed by a look, by CEO, Trudi Beswick, at the work of the Caudwell Children’s Charity, a Staffordshire-headquartered charity which aims ‘to transform the lives of disabled children across the UK’. She will focus particularly on the charity’s recent work to design the new Caudwell

Professor Tim Kendall, national clinical director of Mental Health at NHS England, will give the second keynote address on Day Two.

International Children’s Centre, a purpose-built facility under construction at Keele University for intervention, assessment, support, and research for children with autistic spectrum disorders. The final speaker in the ‘Sonic Space’ session, bringing the Day One presentations to a close, will be Andrea Harman, a Concept Developer for Healthcare for the UK and Ireland for Saint-Gobain Ecophon, who has worked in room acoustics for over 20 years.

MENTAL HEALTH ‘WRITER AND DOER’ Moving to Day Two, and after a welcome from DIMHN president, Joe Forster, the opening keynote will be given by Mark Brown, development director of Social Spider CIC, ex- editor of One in Four magazine, one of Nursing Times/Health Service Journal’s Social Media Pioneers 2014, and a ‘mental health writer and doer’. Mark Brown has been involved in a variety of work around co-production and collaboration in social sector spaces, having worked with Paul Hamlyn Foundation, the former National Mental Health Development Unit, and others. Social Spider works regularly on topics such as social investment and what makes projects or initiatives work for organisations such as Big Lottery Fund, Power to Change, and others. Mark Brown’s writing has appeared in the i, Mental Health Today, The Guardian, Prospect, New Statesman, and The Independent.

Caudwell Children CEO, Trudi Beswick, will present on the new Caudwell International Children’s Centre at Keele University.

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NATIONAL CLINICAL DIRECTOR TO SPEAK Mark Brown’s presentation will be followed by a second keynote address, by Professor Tim Kendall, national clinical director of Mental Health at NHS England. Professor Kendall has been director of the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health at the Royal College of Psychiatrists for 15 years, and Visiting Professor at University College London for the past eight. He has also been Medical Director for 13 years, and continues as Consultant Psychiatrist for the homeless, at Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust.

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