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Lancashire Care and partners shortlisted for the Design in Mental Health Awards 2019

Posted on the 17th May 2019

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and its partners have been shortlisted for a prestigious national award that celebrates excellence in the build, design and refurbishment of mental health environments.

The Trust’s inpatient mental health units, including the brand new specialist Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) in Chorley, have been shortlisted at the Design in Mental Health Awards 2019 in the “Service User Engagement” category for working with people with lived experience of mental health to create artwork and co-design the Trust’s inpatient mental health wards. The Trust has been shortlisted along with Gilling Dodd Architects and artist Stella Corrall.

The shortlisting recognises the work that the Trust undertook to successfully engage with service users and people with lived experience of mental health to re-design and refurbish inpatient mental health units in both central and east Lancashire.

As part of this, several engagement sessions were held across the county to work with service users during each step of the development. The sessions provided service users and people with lived experience of mental health with the opportunity to work with architects Gilling Dodd to create warm and relaxing colour pallets that could be used for the interior and design and pick furniture for wards.

Service users also had to opportunity to come along to sessions run by artist Stella Corrall and help create art that is now displayed at the units. This helped the Trust ensure the ambience in wards is homely, therapeutic and exactly as people want, while offering service users opportunities to be involved.

Jenny O’Donnell, Programme Manager for Estates, Capital & Contracts at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“It is absolutely fabulous to see the Inpatient Mental Health Service Transformation Project being shortlisted at the Design in Mental Health Awards. The partnership that the Trust, Stella and Gilling Dodd have created with service users has been crucial in ensuring that the new facilities absolutely met the needs of the people using them and in order for us to be able to provide high quality services to the people that matter.

“We are so proud to have worked with service users throughout the whole development and that this great example of co-production has been recognised nationally. We have received some absolutely fantastic feedback about the new wards and it is amazing to see what a difference the new facilities have already had on patients’ care and experience.”

Artist Stella Corral said:

“I’m thrilled that the project has been shortlisted. The creative engagement with patients and those with lived experiences helped me immerse and achieve the best understanding for patient needs on a ward environment. The influence on the resulting designs is apparent and it is a privilege to have been a part of the team delivering such positive transformation for Lancashire Care.”

Andrew Arnold, Director at Gilling Dod Architects said:

“We are thrilled and proud that the Ribblemere Mother and Baby unit has been shortlisted for this prestigious national Design award. The Project was not without its challenges and constraints but the finished environments created are truly transformative and illustrate what can be achieved through hard work, collaboration and team working. The fact that the Award is for Service User engagement could not be more fitting as one of the abiding memories of the scheme has been the passion, commitment and enthusiasm shown by the Service users, families and staff who were involved in the Design process. The interior design is intentionally calming and reassuring and the Arts engagement/installations in particular create a real sense of place and identity. A really great design for a most valuable, emerging and far reaching Service for the region.”

Winners of the awards will be announced at the Design in Mental Health Conference, Exhibition and Awards Dinner that is to be held in Coventry on 21-22 May. For more information visit www.designinmentalhealth.com.