Webinar Programme

Design in Mental Health ONLINE is running a series of thought-provoking Live webinars for all involved in Mental Healthcare Design.

Below lists the upcoming sessions and the links to register for them, please note registration is required for all webinars and some incur a small fee. Previous Webinars are also available to watch via the On-Demand tab.

To enquire about running a Live Webinar, please contact melsands@step-exhibitions.com or call 01892 518877



Tuesday 3 November 16:00-17:00

Introducing new technology in Mental Health: Reducing the risk

Cath Lake – Director, P+HS Architects
Simon Adamson – Deputy Director of Estates & Facilities, Bradford District Care NHS FT
Philip Ross – Director, Safehinge Primera

P+HS Architects, Bradford District NHS and Safehinge Primera join forces for an open discussion on the barriers and benefits of introducing new technology in Mental Health.  They’ll explore key themes including:

  • Contrast of technology in mental and physical health
  • Overcoming barriers to new technology
  • The role of independent testing to build product confidence and certainty
  • Design considerations for reducing ligature appetite as well as risk
  • CQC feedback


September (On-demand)

Thursday 10 September 16:00-17:00

Informed Choices: an overview of BRE/DIMHN's testing guidance for products used in mental health.

Richard Hardy, BRE & Philip Ross, Design in Mental Health Network.

BRE and DIMHN have partnered together for the past 5 years to create comprehensive testing guidance for products used in mental health environments, involving over 100 from across the sector to inform what is required. This document, and soon-to-be-launched testing service by BRE, covers the most significant issues that affect product selection: ligature and robustness performance for all products, and some category-specific issues such as anti-barricade for doorsets or cleanability for windows. With independent testing and assured product performance being made available using product certification, the aspirations for this is not just better product selection decisions but also enabling more design time to be spent on the recovery design – ultimately helping more patients recover.

Tuesday 29 September 16:00-17:00

From concept to completion: realising the vision for York's new mental healthcare building.

Martha Mackinnon & Angela Rossi, P+HS Architects.
Martin Dale, Tees Esk & Wear Valley NHSFT
John Laycock, Wates

The story of the development of Foss Park: an outstanding new facility for adults and older persons including those living with dementia. From the earliest feasibilities and option appraisals, through an exceptional programme of consultation and engagement with clinicians, service users and community, to the finished building, some of the key project team narrate the journey of a scheme designed to support people towards recovery at times of extreme vulnerability.

October (On-demand)

Thursday 1 October 16:00-17:00

International Perspectives & Insights

Melanie Mason Klein Architects & Francis Murdock Pitts, Architecture +
Chair – Alex Caruso, Director, Alessandro Caruso Architects


Changing the status quo requires evidence and persistence – and partnership with a client also seeking a better way.
The incredible journey to rebuild Tiaho Mai, the 76-bed acute mental health unit at Middlemore Hospital, was the outcome of two strands of research ­that converged in 2014 to deliver a landmark project for New Zealand. Klein’s research into new architectural models started in 2011 and found expression in two preceding projects. Meanwhile key management and clinical staff of Counties Manukau Health’s (CM Health) acute mental health team were consulting extensively with their stakeholders to redesign their acute pathway and rebuild Tiaho Mai.

A North American architect designing hospitals for a variety of climatic conditions recently received an interesting inquiry form a UK-based colleague who wrote: “As our temperatures increase in the UK because of global warming, our buildings are not equipped to deal with this, a particular issue for patients with a mental health inpatient unit.  What lessons could we learn from those of you in hotter climes?  How do you cope with this?  Another area of interest is outside space, how it is used and accessed by inpatients.”
Mr. Pitts will address how variable and extreme climates can influence the design of space, including outdoor space, in environments created for caring for those suffering from mental illness.

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