Enhancing the Healing Environment: A guide for NHS trusts

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There is growing evidence that sensitively designed hospital environments benefit patients and staff. This full-colour guide shows how to make far-reaching changes using existing resources.

A growing body of evidence has found that an attractive, sensitively designed hospital environment can offer significant therapeutic benefits to patients and boost staff morale. This practical full-colour guide and accompanying CD Rom, published in partnership with NHS Estates, shows how staff teams with no specialist knowledge can make dramatic changes to areas such as waiting rooms by making better use of existing resources. Drawing on learning from The King's Fund's Enhancing the Healing Environment programme, it sets out the case for investing in good hospital design and offers a step-by-step guide to planning a design project. It includes before-and-after photographs of successful projects across London.