DIMH 2018 Awards

Director of L&M Healthcare, Jeanne Davies (left), and April Roberts, creative director, Little Islands, (right) received the Award for Art Installation of the Year from Jacqui Dillon (second from left) and Professor Paula Reavey.

clinical teams and service-users ‘developing a robust brief for optimum outstanding design solutions, harnessing combined experience with a collaborative and inclusive design process’.

‘PROMINENT ROLE’ Andrew Arnold has also had a ‘prominent role’ in the ProCure21, ProCure21+, and ProCure22 initiatives, ‘numerous roles’ in mental health best practice initiatives, and has enjoyed ‘long- standing relationships with numerous Trusts, commissioners, and providers’. A DIMHN member and previous awards judge, he is a member of Architects for Health, actively supports user engagement initiatives, is involved in innovative design research surrounding Sensory Design for Autism & Dementia with the Royal College of Art’s Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, and is a guest lecturer at the LJMU & Newcastle University Schools of Architecture. He also contributed to the Department of Health document, HBN 03-02: Facilities for child and mental health services (CAMHS).

MULTI-SENSORY ENVIRONMENT The evening’s penultimate award, for Project of the Year, goes annually to a project that demonstrates ‘innovation, creativity, and excellent teamwork’. Cath Lake, a director at P+HS Architects, handed over the award to Ronnie Adeduro and Rebecca Davies of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), for a new sensory room at the Maudsley Hospital, designed in collaboration with Mike Ayres Design using funding from the Maudsley Charity. The submission said the room offered a multi-sensory environment ‘which allows patients opportunity to spend time away from the main communal areas of the ward and enjoy a relaxing, therapeutic space that enhances recovery’. It is ‘an addition to a spectrum of interventions’ the ward team offers ‘to reduce agitation, violence, and aggression, and promote wellbeing’. Designed and installed to a high specification through collaboration with service-users, ward staff, and the installation company, the facility incorporates ‘robust, hard- wearing materials and equipment’ adapted to ensure it is ligature-free and meets health and safety requirements. Equipment featured includes a ‘bubble tube’, rainbow light bars, a large projector, a range of DVDs of relaxing


L&M Healthcare’s award-winning Living Wall at Whittle Hall has a seaside theme, and includes sounds of seagulls, waves lashing on a shore, and music and lights that operate when touched.

scenes, a tactile wall, ‘liquid floor tiles’, a fibre optic ‘cloud’, and a padded ‘punching corner’. The room also accommodates Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Apple TV, and a large window with a view of a garden space; patients can choose ‘whether they want natural light and a view of outdoor space, or a darker space with blinds closed, where they can make use of some of the room’s visual sensory aspects’.

CELEBRATING ART The sixth and final award this year was for the Art Installation of the Year – for ‘an outstanding art project within a mental health environment – an installation that shows creativity and artistic vision’. The award was presented by DIMHN Board member, Professor Paula Reavey, to L&M Healthcare for the Whittle Ward ‘Living Wall’ at the Whittle Hall ‘dementia plus’ facility in Warrington (the ‘extra care’ facility had earlier won the Collaborative Estates & Facilities Team Award).

A ‘LIVING WALL’ L&M Healthcare describes the Living Wall as ‘an innovative, interactive, soft sculptured, sensory wall art installation that encourages sight,

sounds, touch, and smell, to relieve feelings of anxiety, frustration, and isolation through daily group activities, and creates a pathway to communication for people suffering from dementia’. The nursing home and dementia care specialist added: “As well as being art, and pleasing to look at, the Living Wall has an element of fun, and is wonderful to touch. It has been specifically designed to promote happiness and enjoyment for residents living with

dementia, and encourages activity, singing, music, and reminiscing. It has a seaside theme, and includes sounds of seagulls, waves lashing on a shore, and music and lights that operate when touched. The furniture and décor that surrounds it also have a seaside theme, so it is totally integrated into the environment it sits in.” The art installation was a collaboration between L&M Healthcare and Little Islands, which was commissioned to design and produce it on the former’s behalf. With the six awards now all presented, Jenny Gill congratulated all the winners, and thanked both the Simons Group for sponsoring the awards, and all the entrants. All the winners then returned to the stage for a series of group photos to provide a lasting memento of their success.


All this year’s award-winners on stage after the ceremony’s conclusion.

©Jo Emmerson

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