DiMH 2019 PREVIEW Collaborative work that makes a difference

The Design in Mental Health Network (DiMHN) ‘brings together people who use, work in, visit, or design, mental health buildings and products, to deliver better designs for mental healthcare environments’.

Chairman, Jenny Gill, said: “Our vision – and this will be strongly reflected in the 2019 DiMH annual conference, exhibition and dinner, which is being held this year at new, larger venue, in Coventry – is mental healthcare provided in environments that bring hope, and are comfortable, therapeutic, and appropriate, to those who use them. We work collaboratively across the health and social care sectors, and invite engagement from everyone with a real interest in improving mental healthcare through design.”

Jenny Gill continued: “One of the DiMHN’s most important goals is for our work to have a tangible impact on the mental healthcare environment. Last May we launched a new guide, Design With People in Mind: The Sound Issue,

highlighting how acoustic design ‘can dramatically affect the way we feel about ourselves and other people, reduce or increase stress levels, and even alter our behaviour and physiology’. We followed this up early this year with our Stakeholder

Engagement Toolkit, outlining a series of tools to assist in fully engaging with Stakeholder Groups. At our 2019

conference, Philip Ross, who

heads the Network’s Testing & Innovation workstream, will update delegates on progress with the DiMHN and the BRE’s joint work over the past two years to develop quality and fitness-for-purpose standards for products used in mental healthcare settings. Meanwhile Paula Reavey, Professor of Psychology at London South Bank University, and Dr Hamid Alhaj, director of Postgraduate Education at Sheffield Health & Social Care

Get a grip – more easily

Safehinge Primera, a designer of award-winning doorsets and locksets, says it ‘continually strives to design and develop products that improve the lives of those in mental health environments – including patients, clinical staff, estates teams, and architects’.

The company said: “The difference can be found in the life-saving details of Safehinge Primera’s products, and our new anti-ligature handle, Suregrip, is no exception. Based on feedback from over 40 groups and individuals, the handle has been designed with an invisible backplate and twice the grip – meaning that it is still as robust, but

with improved usability and a homelier aesthetic. These details create a more therapeutic environment, helping to facilitate patient recovery. Visit stand 202 at the Ricoh Arena to try the new handle, which is now available.”

New name, but extensive experience

Although Poppi Contract Furniture may be a new name to this sector, through managing director, George Nuttall, the company says ‘there is over 40 years’ experience supplying furniture into challenging environments’. George Nuttall

and business partner, Helen Roy, worked for Solk Furniture prior to its closure in

October 2016, and, ‘following numerous requests from previous clients looking for service and products to meet their needs’, founded Poppi in November 2016. He said: “Nearly three years on we are approved suppliers to a number of


national organisations, and are pleased to be exhibiting at this year’s DiMH event.” In Coventry Poppi Contract Furniture will show three ‘new and innovative’ products:

•The ‘POPPI’

contemporary seating range, ‘incorporating comfort, security, weight, and strength, as standard’. The collection is available in any combination –

from single unit chairs and sofas, to large corner groups.

•A ‘unique new item’ still ‘under wraps’. last year. APRIL 2019 | THE NETWORK

•A compact television cabinet produced in conjunction with a 24-bed secure unit

NHS Foundation Trust, will co-present on an exciting joint DiMHN and NAPICU project which is looking at how to improve seclusion facilities. “We launched our quarterly magazine, The Network, in January 2015 to help widely disseminate the message of new and innovative solutions and best practice in design. Reaching a wide audience, it continues to assist us in delivering a

message of hope for the future, as well as providing an excellent forum for news and feature articles on topics of key interest to all those involved in the design, construction, fitting out, and operation, of mental healthcare facilities. We very much look forward to seeing you in Coventry.” To ensure that you receive a regular

copy of The Network, register at https://www.mentalhealthdesignand

Trusted training provider

Since 2011, PPL Training has delivering Safe Systems of Work, technical, Legionella, and compliance training courses specifically designed to meet the key competency requirements of Health Technical Memoranda. The company said: “Our team comprises highly experienced Authorising Engineers, and Authorised, Competent, and Responsible Persons, allowing us to develop in-house courses for those working with electrical high and low voltage, mechanical and pressure, and ventilation systems. We also deliver thorough ‘confined space’, petroleum, mechanical and electrical conversion, and Legionella control and prevention courses, widely accredited by City & Guilds, from our two training centres in York and Slough, on customer sites, and at venues UK-wide. “In Coventry we will discuss how our latest courses can help meet your team’s requirements, and showcase why we currently work with, and are trusted for the quality of our training by, over 90 NHS Trusts, plus a broad spectrum of public sector organisations, private businesses, institutions, and, of course, healthcare estates personnel.”

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