Book highlights importance of ‘co-production’

DiMHN was represented recently at the launch of an important new book at London South Bank University. Joining director, Paula Reavey, and conference group member, Katharine Lazenby, were DiMHN President, Joe Forster, and previous DiMH awards dinner speaker, Jacqui Dillon, an outspoken critic of the current UK mental health system. The Handbook of Mental Health and Space is published by Routledge, and edited by Paula Reavey and co-researcher, Laura McGrath, senior lecturer and Programme leader for the BSc Clinical and Community Psychology course at the University of East London. It ‘brings together the psychosocial work on experiences of space and mental distress, making explicit the links between theoretical work and clinical and community practice’.

Joe Forster contributed a chapter, ‘Incorporating service-user perspectives and the role of the home environment in mental health design’, with co-author, Stephanie Liddicoat, an architectural researcher and Masters Design Studio leader at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. He said: “The book combines service-user experiences of environments with clinical and academic perspectives. It demonstrates how these interests are converging. Service-users are increasingly

A detailed guide to stakeholder involvement

positioned to lead research, with their experiences informing the questions.” He added: “The book also highlights the community as a place where most distress occurs – whether at home, or, for the homeless, outside, and whether the sufferer is integrated with the neighbourhood or alone with nature. Paula Reavey, together with fellow director, Jeff Bartle, lead DiMHN’s Research and Education workstream. They continue to build on their output of an engaging series of brochures and a comprehensive review of the evidence. We are proud to have access to the highest level of academic and industry knowledge, together with the most focused and challenging voices of experience.” Pictured, left to right, at the launch are: Jacqui Dillon, Paula Reavey, and Joe Forster.

Thanks given to ‘a real all-rounder’

At the DiMHN’s 2018 AGM in Manchester in October, President, Joe Forster, paid tribute to the work of the Board members, Workstreams, and the Network’s commercial members, and, after the formal proceedings had closed, said one individual who exemplified this commitment and contribution was Russell Hogarth, who recently stepped down as a Board member.

Presenting him with a piece of sculptured glass, Joe Forster said: “There is a link between Russell and the Network’s origins, because about 10 years ago, Anne Whitworth at UCLAN devoted her personal research budget to setting you up the Design in Mental Health Network with Bev Lamey. Russell has a direct links with those people, and that university, and has worked with us, bringing to bear his own business, service-user, and carer experience – he is a real ‘all-rounder’. I’d thus like to pay tribute to his work, and to present him with this memento of his time on the DiMHN Board.”

Russell Hogarth responded: “It has 6

been a great honour and pleasure to be involved in the Network from its beginnings in 2009; since then it has changed totally, growing beyond recognition in a positive way. I know that I am stepping aside for a colleague – Jonathan Campbell – who will make a great contribution, and, as my workload and other things in my life change, I will no doubt re-apply again to be a Board member in the future. The DiMHN is now entering some very exciting times. I wish you all success, and will keep in touch and support you going forward.”


The third in a series of DiMHN ‘Design With People in Mind’ guides published to date – focusing on the importance of stakeholder engagement in the design of both new-builds and refurbishments in mental healthcare – was launched at IHEEM’s Healthcare Estates 2018 event last October. The introduction to the new Stakeholder Engagement Toolkit – authorship of which was led by DiMHN Board member and Mental Health lead at P+HS Architects, Cath Lake, – explains that, ‘in keeping with the NHS Constitution and the Five Year Forward View’, DiMHN ‘actively encourages stakeholder involvement in improving the design of health and social care environments’. It adds: “Expert-by- experience feedback is vital in helping care professionals and providers understand the impact of both good and poor design; the Stakeholder Engagement Workstream aims to facilitate stakeholder engagement in co-production of design projects, and will champion health service providers who involve the wide range of stakeholders in all stages of design.” Alongside service-users, the Toolkit suggests others to include should be: l Clinical staff. l Estates and facilities and maintenance teams.

l Infection prevention and control personnel.

l The Trust Board and members. l The local community.

The Toolkit is aimed primarily at healthcare providers ‘to allow Capital Projects Teams to appropriately plan projects, and proactively identify and engage their Stakeholder Groups’. The guide sets out a system of effective stakeholder engagement based on the RIBA Plan of Work. DiMHN members can download the Toolkit at:

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