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mhdf magazine digital edition - September 2019

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mhdf is an exciting magazine for professionals involved in the planning, design, construction and facilities management of mental health and dementia care facilities. Against a backdrop of increased service demand, changing models of care, and the recognition that many current facilities are unfit for purpose, mhdf aims to provide information on current design best practice. It also covers government strategy, funding, the latest research, estates management, cutting-edge interior design, and technical insights into M&E, as well as showcasing innovative new products for mental health and dementia environments. Regular comment from architects, analysts and academics shows how all this fits together to improve the efficiency, accessibility and quality of the patient experience.


Editorial encompasses both the internal and external environment, providing an insight into design and specification best practice, as well the latest research into how improvements to the built environment, and service delivery, can enhance the health and wellbeing of patients. Every issue is packed with dozens of topical case studies showing the best ideas in design and most-innovative use of materials and technology across health and social care buildings providing services for people with psychological conditions and dementia. Product areas range from components making up the building envelope to the fullest specification for patient and public areas, including:

Cladding & roofing
Glazing & windows
Privacy products
Vision panels
Building controls
Floors & ceilings
Memory boxes and personalised products
Disability equipment and aids
Wayfinding and signage solutions
Modular buildings
Building envelope

Doors & entry and access systems
Indoor & outdoor lighting
Infection control
Building controls
Heating, ventilation & AC
Fixtures and fittings
Fire safety & security
Carbon reduction

Editor’s note

We are always pleased to receive ideas, articles and high-resolution photography for consideration on any of the above topics, and other areas connected to the design of health and social care buildings and estates and facilities management.

Contact: Joanne Makosinski (jo@healthcaredm.co.uk)

Latest news

The challenges of mental health design

The challenges of mental health design  » 

Designing modern furniture ranges for challenging environments like mental health facilities means ensuring products are comfortable and homely, but, most importantly, safe.

Other news

Broadmoor opening finally in sight

Broadmoor opening finally in sight  » 

West London NHS Trust has finally taken formal possession of the new Broadmoor Hospital following months of delays. Originally due to have opened earlier this spring, the facility is now scheduled to launch later in the year or early next year.

Wardrobe design is given an overhaul  » 

Mental health furniture has come under the spotlight in recent years as the trend for more-homely, hotel-like patient environments gathers pace.

Designing for recovery

Designing for recovery  » 

The physical environment of a hospital or care home is vitally important to recovery, with everything from flooring choice to acoustics and interior design playing a part in the overall experience of staff, patients and visitors.

A picture of health

A picture of health  » 

Health design guidance states that entertainment services, in the form of fixed or portable televisions and multi-media radio/music systems, may be provided in mental health service user bedrooms and other key areas to ‘help facilitate the creation of a personal domestic environment and a relaxing atmosphere’.

A window of opportunity

A window of opportunity  » 

Increasingly, it is becoming much more widely accepted that the environments in which mental health services are delivered must be designed to be less institutional and more homely than traditional psychiatric facilities.


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