Breadcrumb Home Projects Enhancing the Healing Environment Completed EHE projects This content relates to the following topics: Patient experience Part of Enhancing the Healing Environment Share this content Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Email Print this page 2gether NHS Foundation Trust Natural materials were used to create a calm and harmonious Japanese sensory garden. Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust Two courtyard areas were transformed through sculpture, water features, lighting and planting. Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust The Barnet and Chase Farm team transformed a dark corridor into a calm and reassuring space for young patients on their way to theatre. Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust The Garden Room has been created to provide a private space for relatives and those receiving palliative care in the hospital. Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust A new family visiting and parenting room gives patients the space they need to maintain family relationships during their stay in hospital. Barnsley Primary Care Trust A safe, secure and peaceful place where people could spend some time alone no matter what time of day. Barts and The London NHS Trust Young patients were involved in choosing themes for murals which transformed the environment of the children's surgical ward. Bedfordshire and Luton Mental Health and Social Care Partnership NHS Trust The team wanted to create a more sociable area with direct access to the garden that could be used for a range of activities. Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust A key element of the team's chosen design was to provide space for one-to-one time with staff or visitors. Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Using the hospital's Maidenhead surroundings as inspiration, the social spaces were improved. Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust The chosen design has made the room and adjoining kitchen area, previously the on-call doctor's flat, as non-institutional as possible. Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust The team at Birmingham Children's Hospital redesigned the reception and waiting area in their accident and emergency department. Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust A small courtyard garden for parents has been created as part of the refurbishment of the viewing suite. Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust The shaded woodland path at the back of the garden provides a number of sheltered, small seating areas for sunny days. Bradford District Care Trust Organic shapes have been used throughout and the planting incorporates banks, rather than flat borders, to echo the curves in the hard landscaping. Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust This project aimed to encourage social connections with patients with dementia. Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust Themes of earth, water and light were used to transform three courtyard gardens into therapeutic environments. Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust The main aim of the project was to restore the barn and redesign the interior, but the team also wished to open up access to the river bank. Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust The Perry Suite: creation of a central bereavement suite and refurbishment of the relatives' room in A&E. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust The creation of the courtyard garden has provided a relaxed outdoor area away from the wards. Camden and Islington Mental Health and Social Care NHS Trust A new ceiling installation uses colour, light, sound and movement to connect corridors between wards. Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust The entrance to the Park Royal Centre has been transformed through the creation of a restful garden area. Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust A redesign of the endoscopy unit has created a calm, coherent environment, and given patients more space and privacy. Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust The adjustable lighting and colour scheme were chosen to enhance the central photographs and other artworks in the space. Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust A balcony garden and adjoining social space were created for patient with dementia and their carers. The Christie NHS Foundation Trust Refurbishment of access corridor and viewing suite including the creation of a bereavement office. Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust A naturalistic, seaside theme has been chosen to reflect the local area in the family room. Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust The aim of the project was to create a social space for visitors and patients in this assessment ward. Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust Children were involved from the outset in helping to develop the design. Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust A series of seven large light boxes have been recessed into the corridor walls, each featuring a flower design developed from the art workshops held with clients. Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Improving the entrance, corridors and main social space has helped increase a patients' wellbeing in the dementia assessment unit. Derbyshire Community Health Services A balcony garden was created, and a number of social spaces improved for patients. Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust A quiet room has been created off the main corridor which provides a very peaceful space. Devon Partnership NHS Trust Alterations were made to existing redevelopment plans to allow for access to the courtyard garden directly from social space. Devon Partnership NHS Trust The main hall window has been transformed into an artwork made of fused glass panels. Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust A minimalist, modern design was chosen for the scheme, which also includes an innovative music and lighting system. Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust The aim of the project was to encourage greater use of dining, social and garden areas in the assessment ward. Dorset Primary Care Trust A glass wall, reflecting the view of trees from the waiting room and commissioned from a local artist, now forms one wall of the enlarged waiting room. Ealing Hospital NHS Trust Three spaces within the hospital were redeveloped to provide bright and welcoming areas for patients and staff. East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust A minimalist design scheme and bright colours have given the clinic a waiting area a vibrant feel. East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust The Beresford Suite: provision of facilities for relatives of patients at end of life. East London NHS Foundation Trust A recreational space was transformed into an entertainment centre for service users, with music facilities and a shop. Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust The Epsom and St Helier team created a calm and comfortable waiting room in the accident and emergency department. Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Creation of a courtyard garden for palliative care patients and their relatives. Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust Art installations were used to improve the patient experience from operating suite to recovery. Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust Space has been maximised, the garden feels larger and three very different rooms, each with a different feel and purpose have been created. Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust Commissioned artworks in the dermatology ward corridors reflect the history of the hospital and its patients. Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust A window was commissioned as part of the development of the new bereavement centre at St Thomas'. Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust Two outpatient clinics were redesigned to create a comfortable and welcoming space for patients and staff. Haringey Teaching Primary Care Trust Redesigning a garden area has provided additional social space for residents. Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust The entrance and day room were redesigned to ensure that patients, staff and visitors felt safe and valued. Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust The ceiling has become part of the design and echoes the curves of the reception desk and the floor design. Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Specially commissioned mosaics and curved seating has transformed the accident and emergency waiting area. Hillingdon Primary Care Trust A patients' lounge was redeveloped to provide better facilities and direct access to a courtyard. Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust The Homerton University Hospital team created a safe and calming waiting area for the antenatal clinic. Humber NHS Foundation Trust A lounge area has been designed to be light, comfortable and calm and to maximise the view of the garden. Humber NHS Foundation Trust The project has helped change perceptions of memory services by improving first impressions and creating a flexible multiuse space The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust The aim of the project was to make the ward calmer and friendlier and also to help patients to find their way by using accent colours. Isle of Wight NHS Primary Care Trust A kitchen garden has been created to provide interest and activities as the fruit and vegetables grow. Kensington and Chelsea Primary Care Trust A new garden uses a water feature and clever seating to provide an interesting area for patients, visitors and staff. Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust A pleasant, light social space where in-patients and visitors can sit either alone or in groups. Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust The central creative area includes a tipi which is already well used for small group work and a curved wall which will be used as a backdrop for performances. King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Lightboxes and commissioned photographs have been used to create a welcoming space for visitors. King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust A dandelion has been chosen as the signature image for the refurbishment of the viewing room. King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust A redevelopment of the ward including a multi-sensory room for people with dementia. Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust A previously underused garden has been transformed into a relaxing and sociable space for staff and patients. Lambeth Primary Care Trust The Lambeth team developed a sensory room using lighting, music and aromatherapy. Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust A raised patio area with non-slip decking and specially commissioned tables and seating will function as an outdoor social area. Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust Thyme and Space garden: redesign of a garden. Leeds Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust A key aim of the project was to make the dining area more usable as it felt dark, institutional and uninviting. Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust The aim of the project was to transform the area into a safe environment which would be welcoming, comfortable and of therapeutic benefit. Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust The aim of this project was to create a palliative care suite for patients with dementia, with a private garden and space for relatives. Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust A bright colour scheme was chosen and the lighting and general decor improved. Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust The project aimed to create a welcoming space where people could wait in comfort for clinics Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust The Mulberry Suite: creation of palliative care suite, including relatives' accommodation. Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Redesign of entrance and mortuary viewing suite. Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust Bright colours and good lighting have made the gymnasium an enjoyable place to be. Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust The first floor corridor has been repainted and is now hung with a colourful installation made of individual plastic cones, the colours changing as you walk from one end to the other. Marie Curie Hospice, Glasgow A redesigned visitors' suite has maximised space and increased usage. Marie Curie Hospice, Hampstead Art has played an important role in the redesign of patient facilities. Mayday Healthcare NHS Trust A light-filled conservatory and courtyard garden have created an open and welcoming waiting area. Mersey Care NHS Trust A main focus of the redesigned space is a large mosaic waterfall, which was created by over 35 service users. Mersey Care NHS Trust The project has created an accessible and safe garden for patients in the courtyard. Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust Table-top art, mosaics and other artworks have helped to create a vibrant cafeteria. Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust New seating areas were created in a discharge lounge to improve patient privacy and comfort. Milton Keynes Primary Care Trust A chill-out area has been created from a dark waiting area and is now used for relaxation sessions. Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Commissioned artworks have helped create a welcoming, friendly atmosphere in the accident and emergency department. Newham Healthcare NHS Trust The Newham team created a healing garden with quiet spaces, scented herbs and water features. Newham University Hospital NHS Trust Redesign of hospital mortuary and A&E viewing facilities. North Bristol NHS Trust Redesign of two mortuary viewing rooms including the provision of adjoining gardens. North Cumbria Acute Hospitals NHS Trust New seating, flooring and artworks have transformed the ward entrance area and day room. North East London NHS Foundation Trust The existing seclusion facilites were overhauled to provide a more therapeutic area. North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust The yin and yang garden of pebbles and grass provides a real focal point when viewed from the wards above. North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust Light, colour and artwork donated by local people helped transform a busy corridor. North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust The team undertook two projects, on a garden and an 'oasis' room. North West London Hospitals NHS Trust A photographic exhibition and a commissioned floor design reflect the character and community of two hospitals. North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust The reception area space is transformed into the The Old Bull pub a couple of nights a week with optics dispensing non-alcoholic drinks. North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust The aim of the project was to redesign the dark and underused dining room and kitchen at Meadowfields. Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust The Evelyn Centre: creation of a bereavement centre. Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Trust An arts garden provides a space for quiet contemplation as well as art exhibitions and events. Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust A large wall hanging made by the local carers' group provides focus in the comfortably furnished new waiting room. Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust A water feature and a gazebo provide a focus at different ends of the garden, while planting has been carefully chosen to add interest throughout the year. Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Wansbeck Oasis: development of a communal relaxation area for relatives and palliative care patients. Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust The main ward corridor is now alive with colour and light provided by mosaics and vibrant light boxes Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust Refurbishment of a day care area and conservatory. Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust The refurbishment of a communal area has helped service users and staff engage more effectively. Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Foundation Trust The aim of the project was to increase the social space within the unit. Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust The Oxleas team redesigned a living and dining area to create a more homely environment for residents. Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust The aim of the redesign was to transform a concrete, weed-ridden area into an accessible garden and maximising the space available. Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust An eco-friendly Woodland Retreat created for young audlts from an unused area of woodland. Plymouth Teaching Primary Care Trust A stained glass artwork provides a focal point for a refurbished ward entrance area. Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust A redesigned ward to reduce anxiety, risk of falls and challenging behaviours. Portsmouth City Teaching Primary Care Trust Redesign of entrance and main reception and creation of a relatives' room. Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS Trust Patients, visitors and staff now have access to a relaxing garden area adjacent to the main reception. Queen Mary's Sidcup NHS Trust Patients, visitors and staff now have access to a relaxing garden area adjacent to the main reception. Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic and District Hospital NHS Trust Patients, staff and the local community helped choose a 'chrysalis' theme for a landmark sculpture. Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust Users were involved throughout the project and many helped to make artworks, including tiles and paintings for the scheme. Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust Creating a safe, dementia-friendly garden, which can be accessed freely by patients. Rotherham Primary Care Trust A new waiting area helps reduce parental anxiety and gives children a place to play. The Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust A peaceful garden retreat has been created for patients, visitors and staff. Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust A long walk between buildings has now been avoided for bereaved families who wish to use the viewing facilities. Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust A new therapy room uses light, colour and sound to create a relaxing environment. Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust Two projects to improve bed bays and to create a garden for the dementia care ward. Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust Refurbishment of mortuary viewing facilities and the creation of a bereavement suite. Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust Commissioned and service user artworks have been an integral feature of the design. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust A light, spacious and welcoming space was created for patients requiring ambulance transportation. Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust A design theme based on natural objects has created a tranquil environment in the A&E waiting area. Shropshire County Primary Care Trust Adjoining rooms were converted into a palliative care room with additional space for overnight visitors. South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust This project won the 'Award for Best Landscape Design' at the 2007 Building Better Health Care Awards. South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust A Moroccan theme was used as inspiration for a new café for service users and visitors. South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust The aim was to create a safe, therapeutic environment for both service users and staff. South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust The Kingsmead Suite: creation of a palliative care suite including relatives' room. South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Creation of palliative care beds and facilities for relatives. South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust New seating areas, lighting and flooring were used to transform the outpatients therapy department. South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust The project used natural light and clever room design to create a sociable, but calming environment. South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust Gardens based on a labyrinth theme provide areas for relaxation and meditation. South West Yorkshire Mental Health NHS Trust The redesign has made good use of the space available and created areas of real interest. Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Creation of a centralised bereavement suite. St George's Healthcare NHS Trust Commissioned artworks were installed in a courtyard to create a tranquil space for patients, visitors and staff. St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Commissioned artworks were installed in a courtyard to create a tranquil space for patients, visitors and staff. St Mary's NHS Trust A stained glass window creates a focal point for a new social and rehabilitation area. Suffolk East Primary Care Trust Work by local artists has helped create a homely feel in an intermediate care centre. Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust A bright, spacious and light reception area and new reception desk leads through to the new café and shop. Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust New lighting has been installed throughout, with special emphasis placed on lighting the ward entrances. Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trust Residents now have access to a sensory garden which aids occupational therapy. Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust New lighting and bold colours have transformed the reception and seating area for patients. Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust Light, music and colour create a calming and supportive environment for 'time out'. Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust A recreation hall was refurbished to create a light and airy multi-purpose space. Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust A large garden room has been constructed to increase the communal accommodation, provide extra therapeutic space and allow more natural light into the building. Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust Artworks and a performance space have been incorporated into a new garden area. University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust A landmark artwork reflects the history and heritage of the hospital. University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust A new hospitality lounge provides a peaceful environment for patients leaving or arriving at the hospital. University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust These projects used artwork and activities to evoke memories and provide a space for services users to enjoy time with their visitors. University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust Artworks based on a 'breath of fresh air' theme create a welcoming environment. University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust A ward entrance area was redesigned on the theme of nature, evoking the sea, forest and the planets. University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust Two palliative care suites have been created from a four-bedded ward bay. West London Mental Health NHS Trust A new café provides a pleasant and relaxing social space for service users and visitors. West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust Colour, lighting and works of art helped create a non-institutional ambience. West Sussex Health and Social Care NHS Trust Service users now have access to a refurbished dining room was and an outside space. Whipps Cross University Hospital NHS Trust Lighting, art and design were used to create a welcoming environment in the maternity unit. Whittington Hospital NHS Trust A narrow and cluttered space was refurbished with purpose-built storage and desk units. Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust The staff office and changing facilities have been removed, opening up the entrance area and creating lighter, brighter space. Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust The redesign of a ward reception area used natural materials to 'bring the outside in'. York Hospitals NHS Trust A courtyard garden provides a peaceful retreat for patients, visitors and staff. York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Creation of a centralised bereavement area. Completed projectEnhancing the Healing Environment The Enhancing the Healing Environment (EHE) programme has encouraged and enabled nurse-led teams to work in partnership with patients to improve the environment in which they deliver care.Reading listEnhancing the healing environment reading list A selected list of references held by The King's Fund library. You may also be interested in Audio The NHS at 70: blow out the candles and make a wish A podcast about big ideas in health and care. Episode four: as the NHS turns 70, what state is it in? What will it look like in another 70 years? Helen McKenna talks about how the NHS is changing with Don Berwick, Ceinwen Giles and Siva Anandaciva. Report The NHS at 70: Are we expecting too much from the NHS? In this paper we explore the public’s expectations of the NHS, the balance between meeting those expectations and living within a constrained budget, and the question of who is responsible for keeping us healthy. Report The public and the NHS: what's the deal? In March 2018 The King’s Fund and Ipsos MORI carried out a series of discussion events with the public to explore people's views on the relationship between the public and the NHS. This report sets out the findings. Press release The King's Fund responds to the CQC 2017 NHS adult inpatient survey 'These latest findings, from one of the largest national patient surveys, show patient experience in hospitals is holding up remarkably well and has even seen some improvements since last year particularly around communication between staff and patients.'