ENTRIES NOW OPEN!

Deadline: 31 January 2022

*New Award* Outside Spaces

The panel are introducing a new award for 2022 on the subject of outside spaces. The benefits within a mental health environment of healing, therapeutic, attractive and well-designed outside spaces is well documented.

This award has no limits in terms of the size or the function of an outside space within a mental health environment – it could be recreational, for therapy, education, contemplation and calming, or as part of the building design to be used in conjunction with the therapy and care taking place within the facility itself.

*New Award* Research and Education

> Demonstrates excellence in research and/or education, in the form of a publication or series of publications, or a specified project
> Shows innovation in research and/or education design
> Development of innovative theoretical work relating to the design of mental health settings and spaces and/or clinical practice issues
> Commitment to service user or patient involvement
> Collaborative work is accepted

Concept Product Innovation

This award is for design concepts for new and innovative products. The product should be:

> A new product not presently available
> An improvement on an existing product
> Should improve the environment for the service user and the clinicians
> Imaginative, creative, innovative and original
> Aesthetically appealing
> Robust, durable and safe
> Meet generally accepted anti-ligature requirements unless specifically developed for dementia

Service User Engagement

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.

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.

Project of the Year – Refurbishment

> 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

Project of the Year – New Build

> 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

Art Installation

> 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.

Clinical Team

Any clinical team in a clinical service or across an organisation. Must be linked directly to mental healthcare

Low Cost – High Impact

This award is for products or schemes, internal or external, which have been financially prudent but have had significant impact on improving patient care, wellbeing, safety and/or enhanced the healing environment.

Product Innovation (£150 + VAT)

The panel want to see new and innovative products which have been launched and used in a mental health setting in the last 30 months (January 2020 onwards). The product should be:


Imaginative, creative, innovative and original
> Aesthetically appealing
> Robust, durable and safe
> Meet generally accepted anti-ligature requirements unless specifically developed for dementia
> Improve on previous design

Estates and Facilities Team of the Year

This award will go to an Estates and Facilities Team that have gone that extra mile in providing exceptional service to users of care on and off wards. 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. This can include day to day operational activities as well as developments especially where it has enhanced the well being of service users.