Enter Now – Design In Mental Health Awards Categories

The product must be:

  • Imaginative, creative, innovative and original
  • Aesthetically appealing
  • Meet standard anti-ligature requirements
  • Improve on previous design

Unlike previous years the judging for the Product Innovation of the Year will take place on the opening day of the conference where the judges will visit the stand of each entry to see and discuss the product. Each judge will then submit their assessments of each product to the committee lead at the close of the day.

The judges will be looking for something that is new and exciting, that improves the therapeutic environment and enhances the aesthetics of the area in which it is used.

Entries should highlight successful achievements that demonstrate working collaboratively with clinical and multi-disciplinary teams on and off the wards to ensure that the service users experience is enhanced and improved.

Entries should provide evidence of how they have engaged with their clinical colleagues and service users.

Examples can include but are not limited to:

  • Regular and close liaison with the clinical teams to assist in the operation of the ward
  • Regular attendance in service (MDT) meetings, which may include service users, and taking positive actions to resolve any issues
  • Clear communication across all levels and across all teams
  • All team members accepting responsibility for seeing issues through to completion and providing feedback at all stages
  • Supporting service users to manage their own environment by encouraging positive behaviour e.g. cleaning of bedroom
  • Encouraging interaction with service users to identify early any problems they may have with their environment, dealing with those in a prompt manner and keeping the Service User fully informed
  • Attending community meetings to understand issues and taking positive steps including feedback
  • Listening, understanding, empathising and reacting to the patients concerns in a positive way
  • Demonstrating honesty, truth and positive action
  • Treating the patients as part of the solution

This award recognises the positive contribution made by Estates & Facilities Teams to hospital buildings and mental health facilities. The winning team will demonstrate a focus on improving people’s lives and the patient experience not just the engineering requirements of the building.

The panel want to see the importance of providing a connection between service users and the people with the skill and knowledge to help them develop their own thinking and explore further options.

The criteria:

  • Innovative and thoughtful engagement of service users.
  • To see evidence of the importance of involving service users in the design process and the need for the patient group to be centric to the project structure
  • Uniqueness of the work that has taken place within a mental health setting and what significant effect it has had on the design when involving service users
  • How you have “designed in” problem solving approaches when involving service users in the design process
  • The methodology of sharing and gathering of information
  • How it allows the patient group to identify what they think are important components of an effective healthcare setting and design vision of new builds and environments

The Service User Engagement Award highlights innovative and thoughtful engagement of service users’ in the design process. It shows how services users’ perspectives on the environment has been captured and their inclusion in the design process from consultation to completion.

Award Criteria:

  • Must be registered with the Architects Registration Board of the United Kingdom.
  • Able to offer a minimum of 2 projects over the last 3 years including one must be completed within the year to December 2017, whilst the other(s) could be at concept stage.
  • The projects must demonstrate how their input to planning and design will meet the vision of DiMHN.
  • The judges will be looking for evidence of, the following over a body of work (maximum of 4 projects to be cited) meeting the above vision:-
    • design excellence
    • engagement and enthusiasm
    • successful outcomes
    • innovation
    • overcoming constraints

To enter:

  • 600 words describing the minimum of 2 projects highlighting the contribution of the entrant (a maximum of 4 projects may be cited, of 300 words each)
  • Client testimonial for the completed scheme (maximum 300 words) together with additional testimonials from those involved (a maximum of 4 testimonials may be cited, of 300 words each, a minimum of two)
  • Photographs as appropriate

This award is open to individual architects who have delivered mental health care facilities which excel in quality and design and meet the vision of the Design in Mental Health Network: “That mental healthcare takes place in environments that bring hope; are comfortable, therapeutic and appropriate to those who use them.”


  • Innovative and creative project offering a therapeutic environment which enhances recovery
  • Visually interesting and offering good, flexible use of space both internally and externally
  • Demonstrates good integration into the surrounding landscape
  • Is energy efficient and uses sustainable materials
  • A team works well together exploring different solutions and can recognise and demonstrate the contributions of service users to the design process


  • The project can be either at design stage or have been completed and operational within the last 12 months (February 2016 onwards)

This award will recognise the outstanding project of the year, a project that demonstrates innovation, creativity and excellent team working.


  • Shows excellence in artistic vision.
  • Innovative in a therapeutic environment.
  • Visually interesting and create a sense of identity.
  • Demonstrates good integration into the project.
  • Commitment to good environmental practice and uses sustainable materials
  • Collaborative works are accepted.


  • The project should completed and operational within the last 12 months (February 2016 onwards)

This award will recognise the outstanding art project of the year within a mental health environment, an installation that shows creativity and artistic vision, it can include technology and interactive elements , sculptural or any medium that has an art basis.