Design in Mental Health

Design in Mental Health Network 13-14 May 2014

Improving Facilities. Transforming Attitudes

Architects for Health were delighted to continue their support of the Design In Mental Health Network conference. Our session featured 3 presentations that outlined innovative approaches to planning, sharing knowledge and designing for mental health services.

Sam McCumiskey, TIME Project Deputy Director for Merseycare NHS Trust, outlined an initiative developed by the Trust, called ‘a human rights approach’ to care based on FREDA – Fairness, Respect, Equality, Dignity and Autonomy. It sought to create ‘coercion-free environments’ and impacted on the way care was provided and managed as well as the design of the spaces in which it was delivered. Reflecting on the lessons learned, Sam pointed to the need for a clear vision to speed up approval processes, to be flexible and anticipate change. It clearly impacted on people as well as project management, on stakeholder relationships and was facilitated by the early mock-up of rooms and use of images to communicate the design implications.
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