12 DESIGN IN MENTAL HEALTH SHOW PREVIEW Previewing the leading UK event focusing on the design of mental health facilities

esign in Mental Health is the only UK event to focus on the design of mental health facilities with a clear focus on creating calm therapeutic environments for patients and staff. Both conference and exhibition are well attended by NHS trusts and private healthcare providers alongside architects and contractors who design and build the facilities that they manage every day. The 2018 conference features over 40 speakers, with specialist content. It’s the professional gathering for all concerned with the built environment in mental health. Conference sessions include the following:

Post-Implementation Review The building has been delivered, but is it delivering the benefits? Post-implementation reviews can allow the stakeholders to reflect on the actual benefits realised by service users, staff and visitors. Has the project delivered all of the expected benefits? Have any additional benefits been identified? Where has it failed to achieve the expected benefits? What lessons have been learned?

Personal Space

Research suggests that perceiving a sense of environmental control can contribute positively to a sense of well-being. However, opportunities for service users to exert control over their everyday environments within mental health settings are limited.

Sonic Space

Further research is required to examine the effects of noise within mental healthcare settings. Existing research shows that noise levels can impact on the health and behaviour of service users and staff, which in turn highlights the importance of appropriate acoustic design.

Aesthetic Space

Although research to evaluate the impact of art interventions specifically within mental healthcare settings is limited, the findings of existing studies suggest that environmental enhancements can positively impact the

health and well-being of users and staff. Therapeutic Space

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Whilst spatial tensions exist between the mitigation of risk and the creation of de-institutionalised environments, the literature suggests that facilitating a balance between achieving the required levels of safety and creating homely non-sterile spaces should be a key consideration in mental healthcare design.

The exhibition is a unique marketplace where manufacturers and providers can meet decision-makers and specifiers, make new contacts, generate leads and new product ideas, and identify current and emerging opportunities in the mental health sector. The annual Design in Mental Health

Awards Dinner takes place on the 15 May 2018, the first night of Design in Mental Health in the Imperial Suite at the National Conference Centre. The Awards Dinner will celebrate the best projects, products and personnel in the industry while providing the opportunity for guests to network and continue the discussions of the day.

The Design in Mental Health Network

Good design can help to heal, but transforming mental-health facilities needs collaboration and teamwork. That’s our network’s purpose. Back in 2005, health professionals and designers started to work together. We encouraged service user involve- ment and soon our network began to grow. Now we’re a positive force for change with membership open to anyone with an interest in our work – from architects to nursing staff, from building contractors to service- users. We offer access to shared ideas and a forum for discussion. We provide access to cutting-edge research and education and encourage stakeholders to become active in creating better healthcare environments. For more information about the Design in Mental Health Network please go to

For more information and to register for the event go to


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