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Ward Development Project

By David V. Canter


Shenley Hospital was a large psychiatric hospital on the outskirts of North London.\ud It was undergoing considerable modification as a result of changes in medical\ud practice. As part of these changes attention was turned to providing better facilities\ud for that part of the patient population that it was assumed would continue ~o need\ud continuous in-patient care, especially its psychogeriatric population.\ud It had a large psychogeriatric population housed in wards that had been designed\ud for quite other purposes early in the century. The clinical psychologists who\ud worked there recognised the problems of these wards and commissioned me to\ud carry out studies that would lead to design proposals. It happened to be a year when\ud we only had four students on the MSc in Environmental Psychology at Surrey so\ud the project became the focus for their year's study. .\ud As a result of the various projects we were able to make design proposals for\ud how the wards could be redesigned, perhaps the first and only time that\ud psychologists have produced detailed design recommendations without any\ud architectural intervention. The recommendations, of course, also included proposals\ud on the management of the ward, which is virtually unknown in strictly design\ud schemes

Topics: BF, H1
Publisher: Dartmouth Publishing Company
Year: 1996
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