Posts Tagged ‘healthcare’

PearsonLloyd’s ‘A Better A&E’

May 20, 2014

This blog looked previously at The Design Council’s Designing Out Aggression in A&E project, and as a continuation of this,  PearsonLloyd’s A Better A&E book has been awarded Best In Book at the Creative Review Annual 2014.

A Better A&E came out of Design Council Challenge to develop a solution to reduce levels of violence and aggression towards frontline hospital staff.

Read the full post on the Design Council website.


Dementia-friendly design

August 27, 2013

I interviewed Diana Cellela of The Drawing Room Interiors as part of a case study I created for Karndean Designflooring, showcasing the use of their stone-effect Art Select luxury vinyl flooring at the EachStep dementia care centre in Manchester.

Karndean Art Select EachStep

Diana is a specialist in dementia-friendly design, and is the chairman of the SBID Healthcare Advisory Council, which is currently launching.

She explained a few of the tips and tricks when creating an environment for this particular user group.

There are many different views on what ‘Dementia Friendly’ design is but overall any area should be as comfortable and non-institutional in appearance as possible.  A home-like or cosy look will make the residents or patients feel more at ease.

Dementia-friendly design helps to prevent accidents amongst dementia sufferers, who can have difficulty distinguishing between, or can trip and fall over, surfaces or objects with a similar light reflectance value (LRV). Flooring and furniture, for example, is recommended to be specified with at least a 30% contrast in LRV.

Conversely, they can become confused when they see two adjoining floor surfaces that have a strong contrast in LRV. Two different floor materials or finishes may appear as a step, or the dementia sufferer may perceive a hole or hollow in the floor. Flecked patterns can appear as dirt on the floor and motifs may look like actual objects, and the person may bend down to wipe the surface or pick something up.

When selecting fabric for curtains, blinds or upholstery, try to avoid large busy patterns as these have been known to cause frustration.  Also avoid flowers as some suffers may try to pick the flowers, or bold stripes as may be seen as bars at the window.

Acoustics are extremely important; background noise can lead to extreme  frustrations, so minimize noise, by using soft fabrics or acoustic panels.

Furniture should have rounded edges and is good to have fronts which allow the patient to see what the furniture is used for, for example, scooped or Perspex frontage where some of the contents are visable, this can act as a prompt to the resident.

There are so many changes, some small, that can be made to an interior that can make a massive impact on the life of a dementia sufferer, from signage, to use of reminiscence rooms, rummage boxes, artwork and colours to name just a few.

EachStep Blackley is a dementia care centre run by the not-for-profit social and health care provider CIC Group. For the reception area flooring in this project, Diana specified a stone-effect finish, which would avoid the problems described above, and also had the necessary durability to withstand the high traffic levels expected.

Dementia friendly design can be studied at the Dementia Centre at Stirling University, and  the Centre Director Professor June Andrews is also on the Society of British Interior Design’s Healthcare Advisory Council.

Diana Celella runs The Drawing Room Interiors and is Director of the SBID’s Healthcare Advisory Council.

Designing out aggression in A&E

November 15, 2011

On 18 November, The Design Council are running a series of free webinars that explore more about how designers and design research can help reduce violence and aggression in Accident & Emergency departments.

According to the National Audit Office, violence and aggression towards frontline hospital staff is estimated to cost the NHS at least £69 million a year in staff absence, loss of productivity and additional security. We know designers have what it takes to develop new systems that help reduce violence and aggression in A&E.

Reducing violence and aggression in A&E by design from Design Council on Vimeo.

Read the full article and see the seminar programme on the Design Council website.

Related links
Curtain tracks for hospitals
Security glass partitions
Reception desks
Hospital flooring

Building Better Healthcare

May 31, 2011

The Building Better Healthcare awards 2011 will be held on 10th November at The Brewery, London.

Although awards are often a chance for an industry to pat itself on the back, I have always followed the BBH awards. The way creative hospital design can influence patient recovery and wellbeing is interesting. And the use of art in healthcare interiors has been found to have a positive effect on the clinical and behavioral outcomes of patients.


Healthcare projects in a recession: will refurbs be enough?

February 11, 2011

via Building Better Healthcare–
As part of the recent Comprehensive Spending Review the Government announced a 17% reduction in the NHS capital budget, effectively meaning no new building schemes being approved for at least three years. Along with the NHS re-organisation being proposed in the NHS Bill, the disruption to new NHS estate projects is likely to be felt for some time.

This makes grim reading for product manufacturers, designers and contractors who frequently supply for, or work on, healthcare projects.

Hospital Corridor

Masterplanning in interior design

February 5, 2010

Masterplanning is defined as “to develop or improve land, or a building complex, through a long-range plan that balances and harmonizes all elements”. It’s most often associated with urban planning, but how does it relate to interior design?

Coventry City Centre – Final Masterplan

In major healthcare  designs, masterplanning can be an important aspect. The Medical Precinct in Orissa, India is part of an ambitious plan to develop this rural area into to nurture a vibrant university township with a growing population of more than 500,000, into a global center of education and healthcare that would be on par with Harvard, Stanford, and Oxford. The masterplan focuses on sustainable features, including the use of daylighting and atriums.

Interior designers  in multi-disciplinary practices will integrate designs for large projects with the approach of architects and landscape designers and planners – the Highbury College Masterplan by AWW Architects (click Interior Design>Education) is an example.   The first stage in the redevelopment programme will provide a new City Learning Centre in central Portsmouth, enabling the College to forge links with the City, the University and raise its profile generally while improving accessibilty to FE provision across the whole region.

Components of an interior design master plan - Healthcare Design

The design and maintenance of hospital interiors – the role of interior design and art

January 18, 2010
Erik Malave water feature - Parsons The New School for Design

Erik Malave water feature - Parsons The New School for Design

Interior Design has a short piece, with good images, on ‘an external partnership project to explore new interior designs for an alternative delivery care model for the hospital’s chemotherapy patients residing in Brooklyn [USA].’

‘The goal for Parsons [Parsons The New School for Design] was to challenge the roles that interior designers can play in contemporary society by shaping the physical, emotional, and psychological experience for patients in ways that empower them.’

Whilst the Healthcare Fine Art blog provides a good introduction to evidence-based art.

‘Evidence-based Art is based upon the principles of evidence-based design, and makes a commitment to basing design decisions on the best available research evidence. There is a small but significant body of research evidence today on the impact of art on clinical and behavioral outcomes of patients in hospital settings.’

For a UK case study on hospital interiors, read a Design Council piece on the redesign of the maternity facilities at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital in London.

And for an insight into how art is integrated into the ongoing management of a hospital, look at the Hospital Arts Project for the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital site at Colney Lane. As well as interior design, it covers exhibitions, workshops, performance and gardens.

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Building Better Healthcare: Best Interior Design

December 22, 2009

Last month the Building Better Healthcare Awards 2009 were announced, to celebrate and reward the very best in healthcare building projects, product design and estates and facilities management with one ultimate goal – to improve the patient experience.

The Award for the Best Interior Design went to the Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases at UCLH, by Nightingale Associates.

Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases at UCLH, by Nightingale Associates. image courtesy Nightingale Associates

A spokesman for the design team said: “The fresh and contemporary interior design creates a striking contrast with the traditional exterior and enhances beautiful original interior features, restoring the most intricate of original detail including the coving, skirting and stone floor tiles.”

Additional features include a staff rest area designed to resemble a street café, open-plan communal corridors accommodating informal meeting places and a hotdesk facility for external consultants. The spokesman said: “Use of natural light was maximised by setting the ceilings as high as possible and the rooflight was replaced. Internal glazing was then used to allow light deeper into the rooms.”

A full list of details on the awards is available at Building Better Healthcare.

Hardeep Singh Kohli presenting the award for Best Interior Design to Nightingale Associates. Image courtesy BBH awards.

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Designing hospital interiors differently

September 21, 2009

Re-imagining hospital interiors

Re-imagining hospital interiors

Two interesting pieces on attempts to rejuvenate hospital environments through interior design.

Here ceramic floor tiling was used to ‘help foster wellness by lifting patients’ spirits with color and exciting surroundings’.

And here the focus is on ward and room design for heart patients.

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