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Jenny Gill Chairman

Clive Stone Treasurer

Philip Ross Membership

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The excitement is beginning to build as our annual conference and exhibition draws near. I write this having just returned from our Open Day at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. It was good to meet some of our exhibitors in the morning, and I hope that they found the presentations interesting, and particularly the opportunity to gain an understanding from our NHS colleagues of what they are looking for and want to see in the exhibition.

COVER PICTURE: Building on the success of its award-winning Ryno range, Pineapple is developing a range of reduced-ligature bedroom furniture specifically designed to address the issues associated with traditional cabinetry. ‘Intelligent design solutions’, and the absence of doors, drawers, and sharp angles, minimise ligature opportunities to help create safer spaces for those in crisis.

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In the afternoon the Conference Group arrived to shortlist the entries for our Design in Mental Health Awards. We have had a bumper entry this year, with over 40 entries across all categories. Thank you to those who have entered. The standard was high, varied, and innovative, and the Conference Group spent considerable time discussing and perusing the entries. It was not easy, but decisions had to be made. The awards will be presented at the Gala dinner on Tuesday 21 May, when our guest speaker will be Dr Phil Hammond. Our programme this year has something for everyone – topics range from Health and Wellbeing, Dementia, and Seclusion Rooms, to Children, Experts by Experience, and Estates Modernisation. Our keynote speakers bring expertise at a high level, and we are delighted to welcome the Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP to this year’s conference. Our speakers are all knowledgeable and experts in their field, but above all they are all passionate about mental

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11 Helping older people live independently for longer With an ageing demographic, building science centre, BRE, working with partners, has created a new ‘demonstrator home’ – ‘Chris and Sally’s House – the Living with Dementia Home’, to showcase how housing adaptation can support those living with dementia.

18 Extensive refurb project transforms Hull facility

Multidisciplinary practice, Alessandro Caruso Architects (ACA), has masterminded the £500,000 refurbishment of an inpatient unit for older people in Hull, resulting in a considerably more modern, spacious, light and airy, and ‘homely’ care environment.

25 Multiple considerations for the ‘right’ design

A manufacturer and supplier of electronic water efficiency controls explains how it has developed its mental healthcare product portfolio, and some of the key priorities in its design of products for a sector which places demanding requirements on its suppliers.

29 ‘Human-centric’ lighting can enhance wellbeing

There is evidence of the profound impact of daylight and artificial lighting on health and wellbeing. With the right colour mix and intensity at different times of day, artificial light can ‘mimic, or even improve’, the light needed to maintain good circadian rhythm.

33 Conference will address most talked-about issues

A second look – following our event preview in the January 2019 The Network – at some of the highlights that visitors can expect at next month’s Design in Mental Health 2019 conference, exhibition, and awards dinner, at a new, larger venue, Coventry’s Ricoh Arena – including some of the new products and services on show.


Exhibitors value input and feedback Journal of the Design in Mental Health Network

health and improving the environment for all who use facilities – patients, visitors, or staff. Full details of all our keynote speakers and the programme can be found on pages 33-35. Each year I am astounded by the new and innovative products shown at our exhibition, which will assist in improving the environment within mental health facilities, and in turn the recovery process for those living with mental health problems. Our exhibitors value the input from conference and exhibition-goers, and every year leave eager and excited to improve, invent, and create better and safer products. Safety is key in our products, but it is also important that they are aesthetically pleasing and sit well in the therapeutic and homely environment we are aiming to create. I think the new venue will suit us very well, but actually it is not the venue that makes the event, it is you – the attendees, and the enthusiasm, excitement, and passion, that you bring to the proceedings. Each year I go away renewed and refreshed, keen to continue our efforts to create

therapeutic, calming, and pleasant environments.

Jenny Gill, Chairman, Design in Mental Health Network


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