Joe Forster President

Jenny Gill Chair/Secretary

Clive Stone Treasurer

Philip Ross Membership

Jeff Bartle Research Lead

Professor Paula Reavey Research Lead


The annual conference is fast approaching; our exhibitors are gearing up to bring their latest innovations and exciting new products to Birmingham for all to see. Our speakers are busily putting together their presentations ready to interest and enthuse you. I do hope that you have already booked, but if not, do so now at Don’t miss the event of the year. Growing on the success of the DIMHN publication, Design with People in Mind, handed out to delegates at last year’s conference, the focus of this year’s conference is around the impact of spaces and the built environment on all that use mental health facilities, and on how good design impacts on, and can aid, recovery. This year’s conference programme (see the

COVER PICTURE: Designed by architects, Penoyre & Prasad, the new central London headquarters of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families combines a six- storey new-build with refurbishment of a century-old former chocolate factory and warehouse. Opening in early 2019, it will house a free school and clinical and research facilities.

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event preview, pages 17-26) focuses on the need to gather more clinical evidence on the advantages of good patient space, and reflects on some of these issues, with presentations focusing on the impact of noise, light, landscape, and, of course, my own personal crusade, carpets. All of these topics impact on each other, and are vitally important to the environment and atmosphere in buildings. The programme also offers the opportunity to hear about new ventures, new ways of working, and what worked and what didn’t, through post-project evaluations, with a great opportunity to ask questions and network. Year on year it is getting more difficult to

ensure that the environment within mental health facilities is domestic, homely, pleasant,

5 News 11 A new chapter for charity founded by Anna Freud

A mental healthcare charity first established almost 70 years ago by Anna Freud is soon to re-locate from various ageing residential properties to a new purpose-built facility.

17 Design interventions must aid recovery

A key theme at next month’s Design in Mental Health 2018 event will be the need for more clinical evidence that ‘interventions’ that impact patient space actually aid recovery.

28 SLAM’s security challenge met via ‘proven system’

A focus on how the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust is ensuring the safety and security of service-users and staff using hi-tech equipment.

31 Helping to make ‘zero suicides’ a feasible goal

A report on Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust’s goals for a ‘zero suicide rate’ in mental health facilities, and ‘how the built environment and staff training can be part of the solution’.

35 A meticulous approach to maintaining safety

Ensuring that staff using staff attack alarms are well trained, urging mental healthcare providers to better communicate with each other, and encouraging strengthening of guidance and standards.


Changing environments for the better Journal of the Design in Mental Health Network

‘normal’ – however you wish to describe it; too often finances, or the lack of them, intervene, along with issues of infection control. No matter how hard we try, things are always scaled down. We know from our own lives that finances don’t stretch as far as they once did, so we need to combat the downgrading in other ways. We need to be more creative, to think outside the box, and to work with others to create innovative solutions to try to stop the slide back to more clinical, noisy environments which increase violence and aggression, impact on staff recruitment and retention, and are not conducive to recovery. In other words, we need to work together, something that the DIMHN strives to do by bringing together all those who have an interest in mental health environments. Our awards ceremony on the first evening of this year’s annual conference offers the opportunity to celebrate some of those who are changing environments, and to say thank you. Only by sharing our experiences and working together as a team can we change environments for the better, and our conference and exhibition is the ideal time to do this.

Jenny Gill Chair

Design In Mental Health Network


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