Design in Mental Health 2020 Call for Presentations
Now Open

This years Design in Mental Health conference takes place on the 9th & 10th of June 2020. Call for presentations are now open until the 28th October 2019. Now is the chance to have your say at the leading UK event focusing on the design, build, refurbishment, management and clinical provision of mental health environments.

Have your say at Design in Mental Health 2020.


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.



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)

Integrated Care and Cross Sector Working-

Are you involved in implementing projects which support population mental health, or creating new pathways between primary and secondary care, or working with new partners e.g. in education or research.

  • How are providers navigating the complexity of the task?
  • How are integrated care systems working?
  • What is the value of translational research?
  • Any pilot studies/ projects to share?

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


Service user engagement with design (product, architectural, internal, landscape design)

Many service users are engaged in consultation across the whole mental health arena.  We are looking for service users to talk about their experience of the process together with someone from the company / trust etc who can identify the outcomes from the consultation.  This category is open to all service users present and past, if the service user is unable to attend due to ill-health then the presentation could be given by a nominated representative.

  • Examples and outcomes from the consultation

Acute and Mental Health collaborative working –

With the ever-growing demands on healthcare services we have seen a shift change in collaborative working between Acute and Mental Health providers in areas such as RAID, A&E Liaison, Dementia, CAMHS, Community MDT’s and Psychological Therapies.

We would like to see examples from the acute sector of collaborative working resulting in environments designed to be both functional and mental health friendly, for example, rooms within an A&E or community setting offering a therapeutic and calming area for treatment of those presenting with mental health problems.


Architecture and Interior Design:

Have you been involved in the design of a building or interior for mental health service users? Do you have an interesting recent example that you would like to share?

  • Examples from a range of settings; hospital, community or domestic
  • What outcomes did you set out to achieve?
  • What challenges did you face? How were these overcome?
  • What ingredients are needed for a successful building project?

The deadline for submissions is 28 October 2019.