Monday, May 14, 2018

Sensory room project shortlisted for Design in Mental Health award

The sensory room on Eileen Skellern 1, a psychiatric intensive care unit for women at Maudsley Hospital, has been nominated for a Design in Mental Health award.


Becky Davies, Senior Occupational Therapist on the PICU and Ward Manager Ronnie Adeduro, were keen to set up a sensory room after studies in Sweden found they can help reduce distress and agitation among psychiatric patients.


To create the room, the Maudsley team worked with Mike Ayres Design, which specialises in creating safe, sensory environments, so it has been set up with health and safety as a priority. 


The room is mainly for supervised use but patients can use it on their own and it is hoped it will become an alternative to using medication and seclusion.

Becky Davies, Senior Occupational Therapist on the PICU said: "The ES1 team feel extremely honoured and excited to have been shortlisted for the Project of the Year Award at the DiMHN Conference for our sensory room.

"Staff, patients, the Maudsley Charity and Mike Ayres Design worked together closely to design a PICU appropriate sensory room that has proved to be very popular with staff and patients alike. We feel the sensory room has made a positive change to our therapeutic environment and we are very proud that this has been recognised.”


Consultant Psychiatrist on ES1, Dr Faisil Sethi said: “In the Maudsley Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit, we are always looking to improve the patient experience by offering a wider range of therapeutic interventions.


“The sensory room in such a clinical setting, is an innovative way to support patients in managing their own emotional states. It is very exciting, and we are keen to explore its full potential in helping our patients recover.”


The room has bean bag seating, a projector which displays soothing scenes on the wall and calming music. Two rainbow light bars change the colour of the room at the touch of a button and there are liquid floor tiles, a padded wall and a water bubble tube.


The project has been shortlisted for the Project of the Year category, which recognises projects which demonstrate innovation, creativity and excellent team working.


The awards take place on Tuesday, May 15, at the National Conference Centre in Birmingham.

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