Design in Mental Health 2019 Call for Presentations Open


Make 2019 the year you have your say at Design in Mental Health

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Clinical, Design and Patient Partnerships – Describe the journey of developing and/or implementing a design-related idea in mental health clinical services, at any level (individual patient/clinical, individual staff/clinician, team, service, hospital/estate/organisational level). Design can incorporate any school or discipline, e.g. art, structural design, technology, amongst others).

All submissions must show evidence of:

A patient or clinical need.

  • A systematic process of having considered solutions.
  • Reference or use to clinical research or clinical experience devise a solution.
  • Having placed patient experience at the heart of the solution.

In order of preference, we would consider:

  • Implemented solutions which have been evaluated.
  • Implemented solutions which have yet to be evaluated.
  • Any well-developed solution which is pre-implementation.

Technology – innovations which are improving outcomes (innovations could be technology / products or simply a better way of doing things).

Case studies which demonstrate improved outcomes and capture:

  • the decision-making process to assess and evaluate new products,
  • joint working between design teams / clients / service user and manufacturers to solve problems

Inclusive Access: local or global? from how service users are referred, to how local context culture permeate the system and ramification on design for service users, families and staff? How other countries are dealing with similar issues and attitudes to ligature risk across the globe.

From macro to micro – ways of supporting community to individual mental health?

  • Policy makers and trusts reshaping their estates
  • Progress against 5YFW
  • Delivering services in community settings (recovery colleges/shared facilities)

Designing for particular groups (dementia / eating disorders/ deaf / autism etc)

Psychologically informed environments (PIEs) – PIE takes into account the past experiences, emotional and mental needs and psychological makeup of the people living and working in that environment.

  • Examples where PIE has been used either in physical design or in working operation

Helping people getting home & provision of Mental Health in the community

The deadline for submissions is 15 October 2018.

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