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Designing for Recovery

Our Head of Operations, Andrew Frankel-Caine, took the stage recently in a question and answer style presentation at the Design in Mental Health Conference in Solihull, along with highly experienced architect Alex Caruso.

To find out more about how quality of accommodation can both speed recovery and influence public and patients perceptions of mental health care, follow the link below.

Design in Mental Health Conference

New National Project to improve the physical environment for service users

Our Head of Operations has joined the Panel of a National Project to improve the physical environment for service users.  

The Building Research Establishment (BRE) and Design in Mental Health Network (DIMHN) www.dimhn.org are collaborating on a major national initiative to develop recognised quality standards for products used in mental healthcare buildings and construction. The collaboration aims to ensure both safer environments and savings to the taxpayer.

Within the mental healthcare sector as a whole, around 400 deaths a year are attributable to self-harm. There is, however, little guidance and few standards for products used in these settings. The result is an inconsistent approach to assessing fitness for purpose leading to patient harm and deaths.

BRE and DIMHN have agreed to work together by developing definitive standards to allow clinicians and other professionals working within mental health to make informed decisions that help ensure environments are safe, supportive, user-friendly and therapeutic.