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2012

Redesigning wards to support people with dementia in hospital – Nursing Older People, 1 March 2012

A look at how The King's Fund's Enhancing the Healing Environment programme is bringing staff and patients together to create more inspiring and therapeutic environments.

A better dementia care environment – Health Estates Journal, February 2012

Sarah Waller looks at past and current work to improve the care environment for people living with dementia.

2011

Inspirational transformation of ward is money well spent – Nursing Standard, December 2011

The physical transformation of an older people's ward at King's College Hospital in London is an inspirational example of how we can make a huge difference when we listen to patients and set about improving the physical environment.

Giving End of Life Care Environments a Makeover – Nursing Management, November 2011

The context in which nursing is delivered has a great effect on patients and their loved ones. Sarah Waller describes an initiative to transform spaces and develop comfortable areas where families can spend time together.

Funding Miracles – Caritas, June 2011

Sarah Waller demonstrates how one innovative development programme sustained Florence Nightingale’s vision of a healing environment.

Artist creates Coventry University Hospital memory lane – Coventry Telegraph, May 2011

University Hospital has appointed an artist to create a unique memory lane on site for patients with dementia.

2009

A fresh approach to dementia care environments – Nursing Times, December 2009

Nurses are leading multi-disciplinary clinical teams to enhance the healing environment for people with dementia.

Care home's sunny outlook – The Guardian, 21 October 2009

The innovative redesign of ;a home helping men who have potentially dangerous dementia is benefiting staff as well as the residents.

People with dementia to benefit from major investment in health care environments – The King's Fund, 30 April 2009

The physical environment in which the NHS cares for people with dementia is to be improved as a result of the next phase of The King's Fund's Enhancing the Healing Environment programme, funded by the Department of Health.

2008

Steps to improve the physical setting in end-of-life care – Nursing Times, 23 May 2008

The Department of Health has announced new funding to improve the standard of care settings for dying patients and bereaved relatives.

Nursing Times talks to Sarah Waller on palliative care – Nursing Times, 21 May 2008

Sarah Waller, nurse and programme director for The King's Fund's Enhancing the Healing Environment programme explains the basis for a new £1 million programme to improve facilities to care for patients at the end of life.

Dying patients and their relatives to benefit from Department of Health investment in hospital environments – The King's Fund, 15 May 2008

The physical environment in which the NHS cares for thousands of dying patients is to be transformed as a result of a new £1 million programme funded by the Department of Health, led by The King's Fund.

The King's Fund staff recognised in New Year honours – The King's Fund, 2 January 2008

In the 2008 New Year honours list Professor David Knowles, senior associate at The King's Fund, and Mrs Sarah Waller, a programme director at the Fund, were made CBEs.

2007

People at the end of life and the bereaved to benefit from investment in hospital environments – The King's Fund, 29 November 2007

A new phase of The King's Fund's Enhancing the Healing Environment scheme will benefit those approaching the end of life, the bereaved and the frontline staff who care for them.

Health care environments in prisons in London to be transformed for benefit of prisoners and staff – The King's Fund, 4 June 2007

Five prisons in London are to have the environments in which they deliver health care transformed for the benefit of prisoners and the staff who care for them as part of a new pilot scheme in London.

Within reach – The Guardian, 31 January 2007

Treating people with acute psychiatric problems can mean sparse, unappealing wards - but what if stimulation is the key?

2006 and earlier

House of Lords debate on acute mental health – House of Lords, 12 June 2006

A House of Lords debate on mental health wards praised the Enhancing the Healing Environment initiative for making a 'good start' in improving conditions.

Patients and staff to benefit from funding programme to improve end-of-life care – The King's Fund, 26 January 2006

The NHS needs to pay more attention to dying patients and their relatives by improving the places where they are looked after. That was the message from The King's Fund today as it launched a new pilot scheme to help transform the physical environments in hospitals and hospices.

Patients and staff to benefit from £1.2 million programme to improve mental health hospitals – The King's Fund, 15 December 2005

Mental health hospitals in England are to be transformed for the benefit of patients, relatives and front-line staff in a new phase of The King's Fund's Enhancing the Healing Environment scheme.

Enhancing the Healing Environment – The King's Fund, November 2005

Although the NHS is currently in the midst of the largest building programme in its history, for many patients, visitors and staff today the hospital environment still remains grey, soulless, drab and depressing, says Sarah Waller, EHE Programme Director.

Mental health trusts to bank over £1 million for run-down hospital environments – The King's Fund, 15 November 2004

Mental health hospital facilities all over England are to be transformed for the benefit of patients, relatives and frontline staff in a new phase of The King's Fund's Enhancing the Healing Environment scheme.

New guide empowers health care staff to transform run-down hospital environments – The King's Fund, 29 April 2004

A new step-by-step guide for front-line health care staff to take the lead in improving run-down hospital environments has been published by The King's Fund.

Government pledges £1m for hospital makeovers – The Guardian, 13 November 2003

The government is funding a £1m scheme to give NHS wards a makeover following fresh evidence that an improved environment benefits both patients and staff.

Frontline staff get chance to transform drab and dilapidated hospital environments – The King's Fund, 13 November 2003

Hospital teams in England are to get the chance to transform the environment in which they deliver care for the benefit of patients, relatives and staff as part of a £1 million scheme funded by NHS Estates and run by The King's Fund.

Presenting the case for acute mental health wards – Nursing Times, 18 March 2003

Initiatives such as The King's Fund's 'Enhancing the Healing Environment' programme emphasise that the acute ward environment is finally getting attention, and it is encouraging that mental health trusts have been asked to nominate nurses to lead the process.

HRH The Prince of Wales unveils The King’s Fund’s new resources to support the health and social care community – The King's Fund, 26 March 2002

Mental health trusts in London are to receive large cash windfalls as part of a £450,000 grants programme by The King's Fund to improve the environment for patients and staff.