The Design in Mental Health Awards are considered nationally as the most prestigious Awards for the design and build community in mental healthcare.

They are presented at the annual Awards ceremony; an exciting occasion celebrating excellence and the latest innovations from those involved in the design, delivery, and management of therapeutic environments.

The judging committee comprises a panel of experts and community peers who have extensive experience within the NHS and Private Mental Health sector. They are looking for entries that embody exemplary design, community spirit and the very latest innovations in mental health.

Award Categories

Estates & Facilities Team
of the Year

THIS AWARD IS FREE TO ENTER

This award recognises the positive contribution made by Estates & Facilities Teams in enhancing the wellbeing of users of health care services. The winning team will demonstrate a focus on improving people’s lives and the service user experience.

Criteria:

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.

Entries should provide evidence of how they have meaningfully engaged with their clinical colleagues Service users and also product suppliers, manufacturers, architects and contractors where appropriate.  This can be at any stage from operational services, design to completion and cover new build or refurbished facilities, product development and testing and service transformations / refreshed ways of working.

Examples can include but are not limited to:

• Regular and close liaison with the clinical teams to assist in the operation of the ward, safety of users etc.
• 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 on the recovery pathway.
• 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 service users concerns in a positive way
• Working with clinical teams, service users, manufactures and designers to improve the environment and services e.g. Patient safety.
• Demonstrating honesty, truth and positive action
• Treating the service users as part of the solution

Clinical Team
of the Year

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Criteria:

• Team has taken design or environment to a new level in achieving higher quality care for patients
• The clinical team must be represented by a clinician who can talk to the value of the design project
• Team has evidence of improvement in patient experience, and/or quality improvement and/or innovation
• The design change or innovation must currently exist in a clinical setting (either in the proof of concept phase, testing phase or as part of standard clinical care process)
• The design change can be from any art, design or environmental modality; and can be at the individual patient level or a systems level

Eligibility:

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

Art Installation
of the Year

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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.

Criteria:

• 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

 Eligibility:

• The project should be completed and operational from January 2020 onwards.

Concept Product Innovation
of the Year

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This award is for design concepts for new and innovative products.

Criteria:

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

Eligibility:

The product should not be available on the market as of January 2023.

Low Cost – High Impact
Award

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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

Criteria:

The entry should:

• be a product or scheme in mental health or learning disability services
• have had an overall budget less than £500k (ex VAT)
• have had an established benefit criterion for patients and services
• have showed ingenuity and innovation
• have improved the healing environment to a significant degree
• have showed patient involvement in either design, development or running
• address the principals put forward by the DIMHN

Project of the Year –
Refurbishment

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Criteria:

• 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

 Eligibility:

• The project can be either at design stage or have been completed and operational from January 2020 onwards.
• This award will recognise the outstanding project of the year, a project that demonstrates innovation, creativity and excellent team working.
• Projects submitted last year for this award but were unsuccessful may be resubmitted provided they became operational from January 2020 onwards.

Product Innovation
of the Year

ENTRY FEE – £150 +VAT PER ENTRY

The panel want to see new and innovative products which have been launched and used in a mental health setting from January 2020 onwards.

Criteria:

The product should:

• Be imaginative, creative, innovative and original
• Be aesthetically appealing
• Be robust, durable and safe
• Meet generally accepted anti-ligature requirements unless specifically developed for dementia
• Improve on previous design

 Eligibility:

• The product should have been launched on the market from January 2020 onwards.
• It should have been in use in a mental health setting for a minimum of 6 months during that time
• Supporting evidence from at least one user of the product will be required

Service User Engagement
Award

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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 have 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.

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 service user 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 service user group to identify what they think are important components of an effective healthcare setting and design vision of new builds and environments

Project of the Year –
New Build (International)

THIS AWARD IS FREE TO ENTER

Criteria:

• 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

 Eligibility:

• The project can be either at design stage or have been completed and operational from January 2020 onwards.
• This award will recognise the outstanding project of the year, a project that demonstrates innovation, creativity and excellent team working.
• Projects submitted last year for this award but were unsuccessful may be resubmitted provided they became operational from January 2020 onwards.

Project of the Year –
New Build (UK)

THIS AWARD IS FREE TO ENTER

Criteria:

• 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

 Eligibility:

• The project can be either at design stage or have been completed and operational from January 2020 onwards.
• This award will recognise the outstanding project of the year, a project that demonstrates innovation, creativity and excellent team working.
• Projects submitted last year for this award but were unsuccessful may be resubmitted provided they became operational from January 2020 onwards.

Outside Space
of the Year

THIS AWARD IS FREE TO ENTER

Criteria:

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.

Your submission should be for an outside space already in place in a mental health environment, demonstrate the healing, therapeutic and care benefits of the outside space in question, the theory and process behind its design, creation and use, and the benefits to service users / stakeholders that it provides.

Eligibility:

The project should be completed and operational from January 2021 onwards.

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