Call for Presentations and Workshops

Call for Presentations and Workshops

There are many great reasons to be a presenter and/or a workshop leader at Design in Mental Health.

It’s an opportunity to share your knowledge with the community, promoting best practice and raising your organisation’s profile as well as your own. Many previous presenters and workshop leaders have told us that the exposure they got as a speaker led directly to them making new contacts that led in turn to productive collaborations.

Not to mention the fact that, as a speaker, you get free access to the full Conference programme on the day you are speaking – worth over £250!

How to get involved

Please submit a 300-word abstract summarising the contents and main points of your proposed presentation or workshop. Submissions discussing a project or case study in a mental health setting should be submitted by the mental health provider, who should be the main speaker / facilitator in the piece, with the contractor / architect / consultant etc., as the supporting participant where required. This will be a key factor in presentations being accepted by the advisory group.  Submissions are encouraged from both within, and outside of the UK.

There is no cost to submit a presentation or workshop proposal, nor is there a cost for presenting, or facilitating a workshop at Design in Mental Health.

  • All presentations must be made in English.
  • Submissions should be made under the name and with the contact details of the person intending to present them at Design in Mental Health 4-5 June 2024,Coventry Building Society Arena.
  • More than one presentation may be submitted by companies or individuals, but each presentation or workshop should be a separate submission.
  • Presentations and workshops will be selected on the basis of quality, originality and relevance to the Conference themes.
  • The Conference Committee cannot accept marketing-derived presentations, or those seeking to promote an individual, company, product or service.

Golden threads required for all conference presentations:

  • Promotion of Health and Wellbeing
  • Equality
  • Sustainable and Technological solutions

The closing date for submissions is 23 October 2023

There are 8 themes:

  1. Person Centred Approach

From how service users are referred, to how local context culture permeates the system and the ramifications on design for service users, families and staff? How other countries are dealing with similar issues and attitudes to ligature risk across the globe.  How is the need for maintaining personal connections in treatment facilities being factored in to the drive for repeatability

Any examples of great stakeholder engagement?  What made it work so well?  How was the feedback used to impact the outcome?  This could include feedback from patients, ward staff, and friends and family.

  1. Collaboration and Partnership Innovation

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 and local council social services.

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.

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?
  1. Policy, Research and Standards

Ways of supporting community to individual mental health?

  • Policy makers and trusts reshaping their estates
  • Progress against NHS Long Term Plan / 5YFWV
  • Updates to current guidance
  • Products – Informed choices updates / process and benefits
  • Gaps in policy – and recommendations to fill
  1. Safety and 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
  • The need for a better balance between the drive for ‘zero risk’ environments and spaces that can heal. How to get NHS Health Boards to implement changes to focus on psychological safety as well as physical safety. The need for clinicians to be able to assess risk and evaluate what risk management strategy is correct for the patient and their stage of journey. How can environments support this flexibility?
  • Examples of balancing the psychological safety with physical safety. What was the design process that managed this? What feedback and insights were collected?
  1. Clinical and Operational Learning

A Clinician’s view of what works well, or areas of the design process that need to improve. The Clinician’s experience of a design project? Were the outcomes as envisaged? What changed from start to finish? What could be done differently with hindsight?

Structural arrangements in Trusts that ensure the clinical voice is protected in decision making process around built environment decisions – both in managing existing and new build or major refurbishment projects.

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).  Do you have examples of balancing psychological safety with physical safety and what was the design process that managed this?  Please share any insights that you collected.

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 
  1. Design, Estates, Facilities and Equipment Learning

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
  • The emotional impact of the environment – art, lighting,
  • 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?

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

Dementia design, dementia and ageing experience, acoustic design, sensory impacts of neurodiversity, biophilic design. Empathetic design. Emotional impact of the environment.

  1. Service User Learning

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.

  1. New Ways of Working

Innovations which are improving outcomes such as access, engagement, effectiveness or affordability of treatment (innovations could be technology / products or simply a better way of doing things).

Case studies which demonstrate improved outcomes and capture:

  • How technology is supporting safer environments
  • How technology is allowing clinicians more scope to assess patient safety / risk levels
  • The decision-making process to assess and evaluate new products
  • Joint working between design teams / clients / service user and manufacturers to solve problems
  • Ways that technology is having a positive impact on care
  • How products, processes or facilities can help reduce the feeling of being ‘treated’
Name (This should be the name of the person who will be the presenter of the proposed presentation)(Required)
Max. file size: 7 MB.
A head and shoulders portrait photograph of the person who would be giving the presentation at Design in Mental Health
Please select the conference theme that most accurately represents the topic of your submission (ideally only one theme should be selected per submission)(Required)
If none of the 8 themes quite fits the topic of your presentation, please click "Other".
Which of the following applies to your submission?(Required)
Do you have permission for images in your presentation or workshop to be displayed in public?(Required)
In ticking Yes to having copyright permission to display images in public, speakers indemnify Step Exhibitions, organisers of Design in Mental Health, against liability for publication of any images or material within their presentation or workshop material that are copyright protected by a third party and accept responsibility for seeking permission for the publication of images or material within that presentation, from third parties, and for the legal costs of any infringement of said copyright.
Do you give permission for the slides from your presentation or workshop to be shared with Design in Mental Health Delegates, Speakers and Chairs?(Required)
Slides will be shared in pdf format with Delegates, Speakers, Chairs who take part in Design in Mental Health 2024.
Would you be interested in submitting a proposal for a case study poster for the 2024 Design in Mental Health Event
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