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Multidisciplinary building design business, One Creative Environments (One), has designed the Falklands Islands’ first ever purpose-built Vulnerable Extra Care Facility. With the facility located in a ‘natural’ environment, design considerations included the north-facing sun and South Atlantic winds, the heights and views provided to the new Extra Care facility’s residents, and the distinctive local colour palette.
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Mental health is a key priority for government and society. DiMHN’s conference group has worked hard to make our 2019 event reflect this. Keynote speaker, Norman Lamb MP, in the last year alone submitted motions to parliament on dementia, autism, drug use, and mental health human rights, while at the time the DiMHN was developing into the organisation we know today, he held ministerial responsibilities for mental health. He originated the concept that passed into legislation as parity of esteem for mental health. This demands recognition, priority, and vigour for mental healthcare, equal to that of physical healthcare. As you are reading The Network, through your involvement in the annual conference, dinner, and exhibition, and in the DiMHN’s wider work – whatever your role – you are contributing to the delivery of his vision. Many members contribute to our Testing and Innovation Workstream, and will be proud to see the milestones achieved and future plans when lead director Philip Ross’s presentation opens the 2019 conference in May (see pages 11-14). Among our distinguished speaker line-up will be experts by experience. The buildings, facilities, and environments we design are effective and efficient when they work for those who use them. A shared understanding is the way to ensure the outcomes that accomplish this. Co- production – service-users, carers, healthcare organisations, and industry working jointly and equally – is described by Mind as ‘the way everybody wins’. Our Awards Dinner speaker – clinician, broadcaster, and commentator,
11 Committed campaigner to give Coventry keynote Liberal Democrat MP, Norman Lamb, Minister of State for Care and Support at the Department of Health from September 2012 until May 2015, and a committed campaigner for parity for mental health with physical health, will be among the keynote speakers at May’s Design in Mental Health 2019 conference at its new venue in Coventry.
16 Secure door specialist aiming at new markets
Stafford Bridge is best-known as a high security blast and ballistic-resistant door and window supplier. With its product portfolio set to grow significantly, a new factory having begun manufacture in late 2016, and a new showroom just completed, it is now looking to build awareness of its products in the mental healthcare sector.
23 Detection challenges in mental health facilities
Paul Pope, head of System Integration and Technical Support at Apollo Fire Detectors, highlights the challenges associated with fire detection in mental health facilities, and outlines the ways in which the latest detection technology is helping to overcome these challenges. Also sharing his views on designing fire alarm systems for mental healthcare facilities is Alex Southall, Proposals manager (Fire Alarm and Custodial Solutions) at Static Systems Group.
27 A positive impact ‘on the other side of the world’
A report on a multidisciplinary building design company’s work designing the Falklands Islands’ first ever purpose-built Vulnerable Extra Care Facility. The new facility is intended as a focal point and new model of care to serve the Falkland Islands, as the Government develops a new way forward for the Islands’ ageing and vulnerable population.
Ensuring parity for mental and physical health Journal of the Design in Mental Health Network
Phil Hammond, recently published a moving personal account of his own family history and its effects in his column in Private Eye. A powerful emerging voice in this field is that of artist and peer tutor, Katharine Lazenby, who will also address our conference. She is currently writing about the sale for redevelopment of a Victorian hospital which originated under the Metropolitan Asylums Board, and is still partly in use. The demolition of the suffocating and depressing outdated ward buildings she describes will be no great loss. However, the grounds are losing a historic arboretum, begun in the 1920s with rare species which promote health. Experts and enthusiasts visited the trees, while patients described them as lifting their spirits, giving familiarity and constancy, and symbolising growth and change as they walked among them. Even if the landscaping were restarted, this history is irreplaceable. Our directors, supporters, and members collaborate tirelessly towards our shared objectives. While our exhibition and conference is an opportunity to showcase and consolidate these efforts, we can stay informed and involved all year round through our website, The Network, meetings, and workstream activities.
Joe Forster, President Design in Mental Health Network
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