The Design Council has launched a competition for architects and designers to propose solutions which could quell violence and aggression in A&E departments at UK hospitals
Commissioned by the Department of Health, the competition is part of tjhe Design Council’s year-long ‘Reducing violence and aggression in A&E by design’ programme.
The closing date for entries is 4 April with shortlisted entries to be announced on 18 April 2011. The winning designs will be showcased in October 2011.
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To see the design briefs please go to www.designcouncil.org.uk/AandE
Designers are asked to rethink the design of hospital Accident and Emergency departments with an aim to reducing violence and aggression towards NHS staff, which is currently estimated to cost at least £69 million a year.
The solutions could include:
· Changes to interior design, such as redesigning layout and use of space, or introducing new products and furniture
· Improvements to information given to patients and their families
· Redesigned clinical and non-clinical services and systems
Michael Bichard, Design Council chair said: ‘Design is now recognised by the Department of Health as having the potential to develop new solutions to difficult problems within the National Health Service. This is a great opportunity for designers to really make a difference to staff and patients and, hopefully, save money.’
The winning design team or teams will develop a variety of innovative solutions to give patients, visitors and staff a better and safer experience in A&E.