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Speakers at the mhdf forum 2021

Addressing the most current and pressing subjects through our CPD-certified seminars.

Speakers at the mental health and dementia facilities forum 2021

“Prioritising Access to Outdoor Space: the Benefits of Wellbeing”

Ruairi Reeves, Director, Medical Architecture

For many, the Covid-19 outbreak has highlighted the importance of access to outdoor space in domestic settings as a major contributor to positive mental health. While the pandemic has highlighted this issue, it is one that we have been working on collaboratively with our healthcare clients for many years. Opened in 2020, Blossom Court, a new two storey mental health inpatient building at St Ann’s Hospital in London, prioritises patients’ independent access to outdoor space in an urban location.

“The Design Approach Matters –Garbage in Garbage out!

Beatrice Fraenkel Hon.FRIBA, Trust Chair, Mersey Care NHS FT

How to approach setting and delivering the design brief with and for the users of the spaces/site so it most closely delivers the best possible outcomes for recovery, wellbeing and happiness for everyone, combining safety; beauty; quality – and within cost.

“Delivering the highest quality dementia design environments”

Becky Simmons, Architect, Leonard Design

This presentation will run through some of the training and key points of research which have inspired the dementia design principles regularly adopted through our architecture. The presentation will also touch upon our work with Church Farm Care in delivering the pioneering dementia design nursing homes in Nottingham.

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