Friday, May 25, 2018

Sensory room project wins Design in Mental Health award

 Staff have been celebrating after a sensory room, designed to reduce distress among psychiatric patients, won the Project of the Year award at the Design in Mental Health Awards 2018.


The sensory room was set up by the team on Eileen Skellern 1, a psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU) for women at Maudsley Hospital, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and funded by Maudsley Charity.


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.


Senior Occupational Therapist on the PICU, Rebecca Davies, said: “The ES1 team are extremely proud of our sensory room and the therapeutic benefits it has brought to the ward.


“Patients and staff have reported how they feel the sensory room is a relaxing, calming and interactive space that provides opportunity to self-manage emotions and reduce agitation.


“ES1 are extremely grateful to the Maudsley Charity for funding the project and to Mike Ayres Design for creating and installing the room. Winning this award means so much to the team and we are so grateful to all those involved in supporting the sensory room project to go ahead.”


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


Consultant Psychiatrist on ES1, Dr Faisil Sethi said: “The sensory room project was a true multidisciplinary team effort; it has made such a positive difference to patient care on the PICU. It is wonderful for our team to be recognised in this way; and is testament to the dedicated pursuit of quality improvement which is a core part of what we do on the ES1 Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit.”


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.


ES1 Ward Manager, Onyekachi Nwankwo, said: “I am excited and proud of ES1 team for all their hard work and innovation in the provision of quality care. We are very thankful of senior management for all their support in providing resource for Sensory Room and other innovative projects to happen."


Dr David Blazey, Head of Grants at Maudsley Charity said: “We are delighted to be funding projects that directly benefit people on inpatient wards. We want to support innovative projects that make a real difference to the care and treatment of people and their experience of ever improving services and clinical environments. We aim to support teams across the Trust to be at the forefront of applying best clinical practice and research to their service delivery.”


Eileen Skellern 1 and Hospital Rooms were also shortlisted for the Art Installation of the Year award.


Hospital Rooms is a mental health charity, co-founded by artist Tim A Shaw and curator Niamh White, which commissions world class artists to transform inpatient wards with museum quality artwork.


The artists and Hospital Rooms have worked in partnership with the patients and staff on ES1 PICU to change the physical environment and produce innovative permanent artworks by seven artists – Paresha Amin, Aimee Mullins, Harold Offeh, Nengi Omuku, Julian Opie, Tamsin Relly and Tim A Shaw.


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

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