Speakers in the ‘Lived experience’ session will include Alan Chapman, who has ‘studied, taught, consulted on, and written about, the human condition for decades’, having survived a suicide attempt in 2015.

Dave Riley, Improvement lead for Perfect Care at Mersey Care, a mental health nurse who has spent the last five years working with clinical teams to reduce the use of physical interventions.

appropriate for their function which have a positive impact on the users.”

Evidence-based ‘dementia filter’ Other speakers in this session will include Dr Ghasson Shabha, senior lecturer at the School of Engineering and the Built Environment at Birmingham City University, discussing ‘Towards an integrated context-based assistive monitoring technology for dementia in residential care homes’, and Elizabeth Butcher, Healthcare marketing manager at Tarkett, focusing on ‘VR-EP’, reportedly ‘the world’s first and only evidence-based dementia filter’. Endorsed by Hammond Care, and described by the RIBA as ‘cutting edge immersive software’, VR-EP is designed to enable users to experience a care home environment ‘through the eyes of someone living with dementia’. After the Day One tea break, the day’s remaining sessions will focus on ‘Lived experience’. Presenters will include Alan Chapman, who has ‘studied, taught, consulted on, and written about, the human condition for decades’, having survived a suicide attempt in 2015. The

Francis Pitts, FAIA, managing principal of architecture+, ‘a design and service-oriented architectural, planning, and interiors firm’ based in Troy in New York’s Capital Region.

founder of a global suicide prevention movement – which addresses suicide prevention and ‘the mental/physical health iceberg beneath’ via community arts, music, nature activity gatherings, talking and listening, and ‘joining-up innovators and best practice, globally’, he approaches mental health/suicide ‘with the aim that all suicides are preventable’. Other speakers in this session will include author, Mandy Stevens, looking at ‘My own experience’, and Katharine Lazenby, an ‘expert by experience’.

Day Two programme

Day Two will open with a welcome from DiMHN President, Joe Forster, followed by the first of three morning keynote presentations, by Francis Murdock Pitts, FAIA, managing principal of architecture+, an architectural, planning, design, and interiors firm located in Troy in New York’s Capital Region, with considerable experience in designing mental healthcare facilities. Francis Pitts has served as President of the American Institute of Architects’ Academy of Architecture for Health, and the American College of Healthcare Architects.

Estates modernisation

Paula Reavey, Professor of Psychology at London South Bank University, who also leads the DiMHN’s Education and Research Workstream, will again speak this year.


After the third keynote, by Norman Lamb MP, an Estates Modernisation session will run concurrently with a session on Art, Design & Mental Health. As part of the former, George Catford, Inspection manager, Care Quality Commission London Region, Hospitals (Mental Health) Inspection Directorate, will discuss his role, in an address titled, ‘Standard approach to inspection’, while Karla Damba, associate director at Currie & Brown UK, will outline the work undertaken to develop a 15 to 20-year mental health estate strategy for the 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester. The team behind this harnessed ‘advanced GIS (geographical information systems) skills’ to map the pattern of admissions to inpatient facilities in Greater Manchester and beyond, to identify ‘Where do we want to be?’ Team members also looked at the key drivers affecting service provision, trends in service delivery and commissioning, and the ‘condition, suitability, and sufficiency’ of the estate. Also speaking in the pre-lunch Estates Modernisation stream will be associate director of Capital Development at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Jonathan Campbell, a professionally Chartered NHS director of Capital, Estates, and Facilities with over 20 years’ experience of mental health, acute, and


Mike Caulfield, an advanced nurse practitioner for Rehabilitation at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, will describe a set of principles ‘to support patient flow’ in mental healthcare settings.

The day’s second morning keynote, on ‘Green spaces’, will be given by Susan Grant, principal architect, Health, at Facilities Scotland Procurement, Commission and Facilities, NHS National Services Scotland. A chartered architect with over 25 years’ experience in designing and delivering healthcare facilities, she supports the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorate, NHS Scotland, and Boards, by providing professional leadership, and technical/management advice and guidance, on property, capital planning, and design.

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