NAPICU Joint Venture


“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)”

In 2015 Dr Faisil Sethi, Vice Chairman of NAPICU and Jenny Gill, Chairman of DiMHN agreed that the two organisations, working together, could create a greater synergy. NAPICU have issued a number of guidance documents, one of which was the National Minimum Standards for Psychiatric Intensive Care in General Adult Services. Both organisations are not for profit, 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.

Working together we have developed design guidance to complement the standards.  The document highlights specific requirements for Psychiatric Intensive Care Units which are not included within the Health Building Note 03-01 – Adult acute mental health units. We’ve been through two consultation periods, incorporated feedback. 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.”

The announcement of joint working came at the Design in Mental Health Conference in May 2016 and finally came together in May 2017 (See below).


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Link to NAPICU website