The fifth conference theme is:  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

Golden threads required for all conference presentations:

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

Please submit a 300-word abstract summarising the contents and main points of your proposed presentation. Presentations 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 in the piece, with the contractor / architect / consultant etc., as the supporting speaker where required. This will be the key factor in presentations being accepted by the advisory group.

  • All presentations must be presented in English.
  • Presentations should be submitted under the name and with the contact details of the person intending to present them at Design in Mental Health 7-8 June 2023,Coventry Building Society Arena.
  • More than one presentation may be submitted by companies or individuals, but each presentation should be a separate submission.
  • Presentations will be selected on the basis of quality, originality and relevance to the Conference theme.
  • The Conference Committee cannot accept marketing-derived presentations, or those seeking to promote an individual, company, product or service.