NAPICU Joint Venture

NAPICU Joint Venture

The Design in Mental Health Network (DIMHN) and the National Association of Psychiatric intensive care and Low Secure Units (NAPICU) have joined together to create design guidance for psychiatric intensive care units. The announcement of joint working came at the Design in Mental Health Conference in May 2016.

“Today marks the start of an exciting and challenging joint venture for the Design in Mental Health Network (DIMHN) and the National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (NAPICU)”

Both organisations are not for profit organisations, NAPICU committed to developing and promoting the speciality of psychiatric intensive care and low secure services.  Dedicated to improving the patient experience and outcomes and to promoting staff support and development within PICUs and LSUs. DiMHN aspire to improve and enhance to the built environment.  Its mission to share best practice in design and to create improved and innovative solutions to aid recovery.
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Photo: Slide from DIMH Conference 2016 – The Board of the DIMHN and the Executive Committee of NAPICU

Following a meeting late in 2015 between Dr Faisil Sethi, Vice Chairman of NAPICU and Jenny Gill, Chairman of DiMHN it was agreed that the two organisations, working together, could create a greater synergy.

NAPICU have recently issued a number of guidance documents, one of which was the National Minimum Standards for Psychiatric Intensive Care in General Adult Services

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Working together we developed the scope and a programme for a joint working group to create and develop a design guidance to compliment the standards.  The document will highlight specific requirements for Psychiatric Intensive Care Units which are not included within the Health Building Note 03-01 – Adult acute mental health units.

For further information, contact:  jgill@dimhn.org

Link to NAPICU website http://napicu.org.uk/

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Photo:  Slide from DIMH Conference 2016 Dr Faisil Sethi talking about working together with Jenny Gill and Roland Dix.

Work has already commenced on drafting the document. The programme will include a number of events including a stakeholder listening event, wider consultation through the DiMHN and NAPICU networks with publication of the final document intended to be in December 2016.

Work in progress (February 2017)

NAPICU have recently issued several guidance documents, including one detailing the National Minimum Standards for Psychiatric Intensive Care in General Adult Services and our joint venture is now working to create and develop a design guidance to complement these standards.

The new document will highlight specific requirements for Psychiatric Intensive Care Units which are not included within the Health Building Note 03-01 – Adult acute mental health units.

We’re making good progress and are planning publication in spring 2017. We’ve been through two consultation periods, incorporated feedback and are now in the final stages of reviewing and modifying the guidance.

Jenny Gill, head of the NAPICU Joint Venture work stream said, “We’d like to thank all our contributors for their help. Developing the PICU design guidance document is an important way to support NAPICU’s aims.”

 

For further information, email Jenny Gill  jgill@dimhn.org

To learn more about NAPICU click here.