New Board members for Design in Mental Health Network

20.10.15

P+HS Architects’ Cath Lake has joined three other newly elected Board members at the Design in Mental Health Network (DiMHN).  The announcement, made at the Network’s AGM at IHEEM in Manchester saw Chair Jenny Gill welcome Steve Jameson, Russell Hogarth, Clive Stone and Cath to the Board. Our Congratulations to all new DiMHN Board members and our good wishes to all at the Network.

Commenting on her new role Cath said: I’m looking forward to contributing to the hugely experienced team at DiMHN, bringing challenging discussion and sharing our collective knowledge and diverse experience to work towards improving mental healthcare environments.  I’m interested in ways in which the design process engages effectively with stakeholders, ensuring that contributors have understanding, opportunity to contribute and a voice that is heard.  I’m also concerned with how mental healthcare can be normalised in society, dispelling stigma and bringing services into community settings based on integrated social models of care.  Of course much of this centres on service models, but by working collaboratively with healthcare policy makers, professionals and networks such as DiMH, I believe design has an important role to play in the realisation of our collective ambition.

With a wealth of experience in mental healthcare design Cath is responsible for a new 10 bed PICU for Sheffield Health & Social Care, due to open next month, as well as leading several projects for St Andrew’s Healthcare, the UK’s largest charitable provider of specialist mental healthcare. St Andrew’s FitzRoy House, due for completion next year, will provide world-class holistic care for young people with mental illness, autism and learning disability.  As well as residential facilities this major scheme will include sports and therapy areas, a cafe and courtyards with outdoor activity spaces and landscaped gardens, and a modern new facility for St Andrew’s college, the charity’s OFSTED ‘outstanding’ school.