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plan well to ensure project progression is as smooth and enjoyable as possible.” Good advance planning, Cath Lake maintained, came with good communication at the outset of the project, and emphasis on a structured design throughout. She added: “Once we have completed a project, we still come up against problems, whether this is something that has not been captured, or addressing oversights from the planning stage – where something looks brilliant on paper, and whizzes through the rest of the detailed design process, and something is still missed. CQC criticism is something many come up against at some point. Here it is about understanding what the CQC needs and is looking for. Another key is to try to implement behavioural changes in staff before a project gets implemented, so that, by the time they move into a new building, things are second nature.”

STRUGGLING TO OBTAIN FEEDBACK Noting that a subsequent conference session would focus on Post-Occupancy Evaluation, Cath Lake said: “We struggle sometimes to obtain that feedback. There is also a lack of engagement at times by all parties involved; sometimes individuals have been invited to be a stakeholder, but have not actually engaged.” The Stakeholder Engagement workstream lead explained that her workstream was currently developing a draft process, to put out to consultation, which would follow the RIBA stages. She explained: “We will look at what we need to consult on at each stage, and at who we

need to consult with, so there should be a series of outcomes. The draft process, initially, just picking up on RIBA Stage 1, might look at ways to engage and what is appropriate, who should be involved, and at what the group sessions should look like. Equally we will examine whether stakeholders want smaller groups, or are happy in a bigger environment. We will also focus on how to initiate the stakeholder engagement process, how to capture feedback and decisions, and at how often engagement should take place during each stage. We are hoping to come out with the draft process over the next 2-3 months, and anyone who has been involved with the surveys will be asked for feedback by late September. We then hope to have another document to add to our suite that allows our best practice to be followed.”

A second DIMHN Design with People in Mind publication, The Sound Issue, is being launched this year.

delegates: “Our vision, with the DIMHN having been in existence and subsequently developed in conjunction with a range of friends and partners over the years, is to have an international conference itinerary within 3-5 years. This has come about both through necessity and demand. Our values are the same as in the UK – developing firm partnerships, and evidence- based innovation, alongside integrity and open-mindedness. We intend developing a global network of mental health enthusiasts to explore research

INTERNATIONAL WORK The final presentation – on the International Workstream, which is led by Alex Caruso, of Alex Caruso Architects, who couldn’t attend, was given by Russell Hogarth, an associate lecturer in health and social care at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN), whose area of special interest is in the use of narrative, media, and creative teaching techniques, as a pathway to inclusion and accessible education. He told

globally, and to understand the results of social policy and culture, to facilitate collaborations between policy-makers, clinicians, and commercial teams globally. We will also be continuing to look to showcase expertise in mental health at our annual conference and on our website, and to expand the Design in Mental Health Network with interested partnerships globally.” After these presentations, Jenny Gill concluded by telling delegates: “I hope that this has given you an oversight of the Board, who we are, and what we are doing. There is an awful lot of work going on.”

l Design in Mental Health 2019 will take place on 21 and 22 May 2019 at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. For more information, visit



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