27 May 2020

Learning Webinar Series: Key Considerations in Inpatient Mental Health

At SHP, we've put our heads together to explore new ways of learning and staying connected.  Video calls and webinars are playing a bigger part in our work life (and home life) than ever before, so it seemed natural that we use these same tools to continue the conversation in the mental health community. 

Our webinar series will focus on common challenges in inpatient mental health environments and will provide a platform to discuss feedback and key design considerations for these settings.


We've spoken to a number of contacts from clinical, estates and architecture backgrounds to understand the challenges they face and gain insight into what they'd like to see covered in these sessions.  The feedback we've had has helped us to create our first learning webinar and we hope that the feedback will continue to shape the series going forward.

Upcoming:  Designing Mental Health Doorsets from a Patient Perspective 

Thursday 27th August - 12.30pm

Historically, the design of mental health inpatient facilities have centred around clinical staff and ensuring safety and security. While it’s vital staff are given the right tools to provide the best level of care, we’re passionate about applying more consideration to how spaces make patients feel. 

We're delighted that Katharine Lazenby, expert by experience and mental health trainer, will be joining us for this 30-minute lunchtime webinar where we’ll explore the role of doors and how they impacted her experience as a patient.




1.  Lifesaving Considerations of Anti-barricade

Lifesaving details of Anti-barricadeThe first webinar in our series took place on Tuesday 28th April and focused on the key considerations when specifying anti-barricade doors and locks. 

During the 20-minute lunchtime webinar we looked back at the national safety alert released in 2017 questioning the efficacy of push button stops and explore clinical and estates feedback following the safety alert.


2.  Ligature and Self-harm Design Strategies

What we've learned about ligature safetyThe next in the series took place on Thursday 28th May and looked at the key design strategies for addressing ligature and self-harm risks in mental health inpatient environments.

In this short webinar speakers Philip Ross and Clare Bowen explore safety concerns of bathroom and bedroom doors. They also discuss the safety alerts raised in 2018 on ligatures at all heights and in 2019 on door-top alarms - highlighting clinical feedback.


3.  Design in Mental Health Digital Week

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On 10 June, as part of our sponsorship of Design in Mental Health Digital Week, we hosted a webinar with Ryder Architecture where we discussed the wonderful Sowenna CAMHS project for Cornwall NHS.

You can find the slides and all of the resources referenced throughout on this page.  Access to the full recording of the webinar is to be made available shortly!




4.  Design Considerations of Electronic Locking

Screenshot 2020-06-29 at 12.03.29The ability for patients to lock and unlock their bedroom door is a core requirement in guidance set by the CQC to reduce restrictive practice in mental health settings.  The impact on recovery is also regularly highlighted in patient feedback.

With 90% of inpatient suicides occurring in bedrooms and bathrooms, it’s important to carefully consider options that address both safety and patient empowerment.



We'll continue to keep you updated with future sessions and would love to hear from you on the content you'd find interesting or useful.