Speakers in this year’s DiMH conference will include (from left) Alex Senciuc, Karen Flatt, Derek Shepherd, George Catford, Joh Bates, and Trudi Beswick.

with the condition, are highly topical currently, reflected by a session dedicated to the subject, in which Dr Kay Wright, head of Research & Innovation at Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, will present on ‘A digital tool to improve patient safety in dementia wards’. Other speakers in the session will include Benjamin Wall, an associate architect at LSI Architects, who has ‘a wealth of experience in the design and delivery of dementia-specific environments’, and Dr Ghasson Shabha, senior lecturer at the School of Engineering at Birmingham City University, discussing ‘Context-based assistive monitoring technology for dementia in residential care homes’. The conference’s first day will be rounded off by a ‘Lived experience’ session, where speakers will include Katharine Lazenby, who, having struggled with complex mental health issues since her teens, and the accompanying hospitalisation throughout her twenties, uses her lived experience to help others in similar situations, and improve the provision of mental health and social care.

Day Two keynotes

The DiMHN is always keen to hear from speakers from overseas, and, Day Two’s opening speaker will be Francis Pitts, managing principal of US firm, architecture+, who has served as President of the AIA’s Academy of Architecture for Health and the American College of Healthcare Architects. The morning’s second keynote, on ‘Green spaces’, will be given by Susan Grant, principal architect, Health, at Facilities Scotland Procurement, Commission and Facilities, NHS National Services Scotland, while in the third keynote, Norman Lamb MP, will give what should be a fascinating personal perspective based around his many years’ experience as a champion of mental health. Following the keynotes, two concurrent sessions – on Estates Modernisation, and Art, design, and mental health, will run. Speakers in the former will include George Catford, Inspection Manager (Mental Health) at the Care Quality Commission London Region, Hospitals (Mental Health) Inspection Directorate, who has taken part in, and led, inspections at more than 50 Trusts and independent hospitals. A joint presentation in this session will see Karla Damba, an associate director at Currie & Brown, Jonathan Campbell, associate director of Capital Development


at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, and Richard Walker, director of Capital Investment & Estate Services at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, discuss the topic, ‘Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership: Mental Health Estate Strategy’.

Art, design, and mental health The concurrent, ‘Art, design, and mental health’ session will see presentations by speakers including Joh Bates, a landscape architect and director at Farrer Huxley, who ‘runs projects that prioritise well-being through design – ranging from a care home garden for dementia patients, to a 2000+ unit urban estate regeneration scheme’. Also presenting will be Peter O’Hare, head occupational therapist at Bethlem Royal Hospital, where he has worked for 30 years. Having also trained in Horticultural Therapy and Dance & Movement Therapy, he was instrumental in establishing the Bethlem Gallery and the Horticultural Therapy programme at the hospital, which includes nature trails, orchard restoration, and forest therapy. Niamh White, a visual arts curator, and co-founder of Hospital Rooms, an award-winning arts and mental health charity that ‘transforms mental health units with museum quality art’, will, give a conference address looking at ‘Art in mental health across the lifespan’.

A focus on both projects and clinical design

The conference presentations will close with two further concurrent ‘Project spotlight’ and ‘Clinical design’ sessions. In the former, Derek Shepherd, a director at P+HS Architects and highly experienced healthcare designer, will discuss ‘Modernising mental health in the Vale of York’, while Paula Reavey, a member of the Design in Mental Health Network board, and Rosemary Jenssen of Jenssen Architecture, will focus on ProCure22 projects in the mental health arena. Speakers in the ‘Clinical design’ session, meanwhile, will include Mike Caulfield. An advanced nurse practitioner for Rehabilitation at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, he will discuss ‘Red2Green in CWP’ – a process and set of principles to support patient flow within mental health inpatient settings, ‘through supporting a focus on resolving issues to progress patients along their

discharge pathway’. Meanwhile, Richard Mazuch, director of Design Research and Innovation at IBI Group, will focus on how ‘mental health is seldom addressed in the engagement of the design of the home and its related domestic spaces’. He will consider ‘what might be the issues, solutions, and possible design interventions’, and how assistive design and technology ‘can be supportive of the varying profiles of mental soundness, as well as identifying the flash points to avoid’.

Annual Awards Dinner

One of the social highlights of DiMH 2019, and an opportunity to recognise excellence in a number of fields, will be the the annual DiMH Awards Dinner, this year being held in the Premier Lounge at the Ricoh Arena on 21 May. The black-tie dinner, featuring after- dinner speaker, Phil Hammond, an NHS doctor, investigative journalist, broadcaster, campaigner, and comedian, well-known for his work for Private Eye and the BBC, will see awards presented in eight categories: l Product Innovation of the Year; l Concept Product Innovation of the Year; l Estates & Facilities Team of the Year; l Service User Engagement; l Design in Mental Health Recognition Award;

l Project of the Year: NewBuild; l Project of the Year: Refurbishment; l Art installation of the Year. The awards judges say this year’s awards attracted a record number of entries. For the shortlist, see awards-shortlist.

Exhibition will showcase innovation The annual flagship DiMHN event is also an opportunity for suppliers of a wide range of products, technologies, and services targeted at the sector to showcase them. This year’s exhibition will feature around 50 exhibitors. On the following pages, we present a concise conference programme, followed by information from exhibitors highlighting some of the innovations and new launches set to feature at the biggest annual DiMH event held to date.

For more information on Design in Mental Health 2019, which takes place at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, from 21-22 May, 2019, visit, or telephone 01892 518877.


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44