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What a difference a space makes community infrastructure for mental health

“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” Sir Winston Churchill

STRATFORD HEALTHCARE

Sir Winston's words ring particularly true for the premises helping to make mental health services more accessible in the community – like Stratford Healthcare, one of the biggest primary care facilities in operation today.

The building provides care for more than 18,000 patients next to the town’s new hospital development and is an exemplar home for mental health services from Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust – allowing services to run right alongside general practice, pharmacy, dentistry, physiotherapy, rehabilitation and a café.

“An agreeable environment implies patients are welcome and valued. Conversely, a poor environment can be a source of stress, anxiety and cause increased feelings of ill health.” Patients’ views on making best use of GP premises: The Patients Association, 2019

TALKING THERAPIES HARROW

For Talking Therapies Harrow, moving was the only option when London North West University Healthcare Trust needed to make space at Northwick Park Hospital.

We helped the service make the transition from its outdated hospital location - providing an extra three clinical rooms and some much needed additional admin space.

Talking Therapies supports patients with anxiety and depression and provides psychological services, cognitive behavioural therapy, counselling and interventions. With more than 18,000 appointments (2018/19), the new premises has allowed the expansion of the service.

"Currently over 50% of patients are reaching recovery status following a Talking Therapies intervention, which is significant." Deidre Moroney, Head of Talking Therapies at CNWL

FRESHNEY GREEN PRIMARY CARE CENTRE

Up in Grimsby, with its striking flashes of colour and sweeping entrance it's not hard to see why Freshney Green Primary Care Centre has won awards for its design. But the building is more than just a pretty face. Spanning more than 7,000 sqm, housing three GP practices and a range of other services to serve more than 30,000 patients, it's one of the largest medical buildings of its kind but still designed to give patients light, space and calm.

It’s home to nurses, occupational therapists, social workers, clinical psychologists and consultant psychiatrists from Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s North East Lincolnshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

We helped the service – which cares for children and young people suffering with conditions such as anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders and self-harm – to create more space for consultation and administration work.

“Thanks to expanded space, we will be able to offer more groups for young people struggling with anxiety and depression and teach them coping skills to help them stay well. We will also use the additional space for some family work.” Dr Tracey Urquhart, Service Manager in 2017