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mhdf magazine digital edition - September 2018

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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

Picking locks

Picking locks  » 

Imagine this scenario: You book a night in a hotel, check in, and are told you can’t have a key. If you want to lock your room you will need to return to reception and someone will accompany you back and lock it for you. Few people would stay given this restriction.

Other news

Mental health design comes under the spotlight

Mental health design comes under the spotlight  » 

The need for improved stakeholder engagement, and a greater emphasis on learning from past experiences, were just two of the take-home messages from the 2018 Design in Mental Health Annual Conference.

Bedding down

Bedding down  » 

In hospitals and other care facilities, much of a patient’s time is spent in a bed or chair as they wait for tests or appointments or recover from treatment or injury.

A wake-up call for mental health services  » 

Mental health facilities are, by their very nature, challenging environments in which staff, and patients, can face daily dangers.

Funding boost for dementia innovation

Funding boost for dementia innovation  » 

The first national search has been launched for next-generation products, technologies and services that could help to transform the lives of people with dementia.

Showing their true colours

Showing their true colours  » 

There are a number of design principles to consider when creating spaces that properly support people living with dementia.

Student invents dementia memory aid

Student invents dementia memory aid  » 

A design student from Leicester has invented an advanced memory aid to help people with dementia. Jake Paisley, a student at De Montford University (DMU) in Leicester, created the voice-activate hub after being inspired by the Amazon Echo.


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