This Presentation from Scottish Government Assoc. Chief Nursing Officer Mark Richards (and potentially Susan Grant Principal Architect NHSScotland) is on the development and pilot of a new tool to assess the quality and safety of NHSS mental health estate environments.
It is an update of NHSScotland’s 2022 DIMH Conf presentation on self-harm reduction learning from Scotland, which recommended the above tool development. July 2022 Scottish Government Mental Health Directorate created a multi-agency & disciplinary Short Life Working Group to enable delivery of an environmental assessment tool specific to the mental health estate.
Group stakeholders include clinicians, people with lived experience, facility and design professionals, and health and safety experts. The work of the group will be underpinned by consideration of a literature review focused on the impact of mental health facility design on service users and staff. Initial pilot testing of the tool is due Spring 2023.
We selected: 3. Policy, Research and Standard, as this tool will likely be a mandated ‘Standard’ following pilot via a new NHSS Guidance publication (e.g. HBN / SHPN). However, this specific presentation actually encompasses all 8 of the conference themes, and therefore is likely best suited to a keynote session.