This is a unique case study that examines the value of standardisation. It illustrates how the same environment meets a range of service needs.
At Design in Mental Health 2019, Ian Tearle (HPFT), Alexandru Senciuc (Medical Architecture), and John Plum (Blu Building Consultants) presented ‘Assembling a standard design for a multi-purpose seclusion unit’. They described a programme to improve the quality of seclusion units across all mental health services run by Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust. Existing seclusion facilities were of varying design quality, facilities suffered frequent damage which was disrupting the provision of services, while the time and logistics of repair was proving costly. Adopting a holistic approach, the Trust adopted a new standardised design which was applied to seclusion spaces within a range of mental health services such as learning disabilities, low secure services, medium secure services, and others.
We can now present how this standard design has been realised, with three facilities completed to date. The presentation will illustrate:
• how a standard design can be applied to a variety of site-specific conditions, to create a consistent quality of space and a positive patient experience.
• lessons to be learnt from staff and patient feedback since the facilities have been in use. In particular: the impact that the new facilities have on the different services and the effect they have on patient outcomes.
• a preliminary set of guidelines for future design of seclusion and safety suite facilities.