Joe Forster President

Jenny Gill Chair/Secretary

Clive Stone Treasurer

Philip Ross Membership

Dr Evangelia Chrysikou Research Lead

New magazine and busy events make 2015 a memorable year

As another year begins, let’s take stock of the year just gone – and what a year it has been. The Network has gone from strength to strength. January saw the first edition of the magazine in this format. We wondered if we would be able to fill the pages of a quarterly journal, or if it would prove too difficult, but it didn’t, and fill the pages we did, with some very interesting and informative articles, as I am sure you will agree. My thanks to everyone who has sent articles, case studies, and other items for publication. Please keep it up – without you we would have no The Network. (The deadline for receipt of news and feature article material for the next (April 2016) issue is late February. Please email editor, Jonathan Baillie, at:, or telephone him on 01892 779999).


COVER PICTURE: A new 60-bed adult acute mental health unit at Farnham Road Hospital in Guildford, designed by PM Devereux and built by Laing O’Rourke, has opened on the site of an existing mental health service provided by Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Published quarterly on behalf of DIMHN by:

Step Communications Ltd Step House, North Farm Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 3DR Tel: 01892 779999 Fax: 01892 616177

Editor: Jonathan Baillie

Business Manager: Nick Carpenter

Publisher: Geoff King

Publishing Director: Trevor Moon

Journal Administration: Katy Cockle

ISSN 2057-4290 THE NETWORK is published by Step Communications Ltd © 2016.

The Publisher is unable to take any responsibility for views expressed by contributors. Editorial views are not necessarily shared by the Design in Mental Health Network. Readers are expressly advised that while the contents of this publication are believed to be accurate, correct and complete, no reliance should be placed upon its contents as being applicable to any particular circumstances. Any advice, opinion or information contained is published only on the footing that the Design in Mental Health Network, its servants or agents and all contributors to this publication shall be under no liability whatsoever in respect of its contents.

Our membership figures have continued to grow during 2015. If you’re not yet a member of the Design In Mental Health Network (DIMHN), then why not join? Remember it is free for service-users and carers, service-providers, and academics, so why not sign up? Go to May saw our annual Conference, Exhibition, and Dinner, held at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham. It was a busy and hectic two days, with a full exhibition hall and an interesting programme of speakers. The dinner was attended by 250 people, and awards were made to some very deserving winners, who received them from Clare Allen, author of ‘Poppy Shakespeare’ and a Guardian writer. Winners can be seen receiving their awards at On to October, and the Healthcare Estates Conference and Exhibition, where we put together a programme of presentations for the Mental Health & Fire theatre. We also held our Annual General Meeting at the venue on the same day. This was the last meeting for one of our founder members, Kevin Gorman. Kevin has been an active and persuasive advocate for the DIMHN, and has served on the board since the beginning. However, he felt that now was the time to retire, though he will continue to work with the DIMHN and assist whenever and wherever he can. To mark Kevin’s service to the DIMHN, a presentation was made to him by President, Joe Forster.

During the AGM we also welcomed two new people to our Board – architect, Cath Lake, and Property

Services Director, Steve Jameson. Their profiles, and those for all the board members, can be seen at So, as the New Year begins, we look forward to a year of new challenges and opportunities for the Design In Mental Health Network. Happy New Year.

Jenny Gill Chair/Secretary, Design In Mental Health Network

NEWS Pushing the boundaries of bedroom design

The Network’s chair, Jenny Gill, looks back at the considerable progress in developing the Better Bedroom, and explains plans to now focus on other inpatient environments where improvements are perhaps due.

Designing for recovery – key elements to consider

An experienced architect and the head of operations at a mental health and learning disability services provider discuss what makes good recovery environments.

Building Information Modelling deadline fast approaching

This year all centrally-procured Government construction projects will need to begin using fully collaborative BIM. What does this mean for the sector, and what are the key benefits?

The power of art as a therapeutic tool

A visual artist and designer who creates internal artwork for healthcare environments puts a powerful case for its therapeutic benefits in mental healthcare settings.

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