Two of the Environments for Care at End of Life projects part-funded by the Department of Health and supported by The King’s Fund won awards at the Building Better Healthcare Awards on 10 November. These are the main UK awards for healthcare building and design.
The winning projects were the bereavement suite project at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (Best Interior Design Award), and the Time Garden at Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (Best Landscape/External Space Award). Two projects were also highly commended: Ward 9 at James Cook University Hospital (Best Response to Department of Health Policy Award); and The Garden of Gifts at Barnet and Chase Farm (Best Landscape/External Space Award).
The Environments for Care at the End of Life programme is a part of The King’s Fund’s Enhancing the Healing Environments programme. The aim of this innovative grants and developments programme is to encourage and enable local teams to work in partnership with service users to improve the environments in which they deliver care.
Starting in 2008, following a successful pilot, the Department made £1 million available to extend the Environments for Care at the End of Life programme. Twenty projects were chosen to reflect the end of life care pathway across all NHS sectors including acute and mental health care and in the prisons service. Further information on the programme is included in the End of Life Care Strategy Second Annual Report.
These awards by the Building Better Healthcare Awards highlight the success of the programme and the importance of the environment of care for people at the end of life, their relatives and the bereaved.