NAPICU / Design in Mental Health

NEW PICU Design Guidance

We are pleased to announce the commencement of the five -week consultation period for the PICU design guidance. We are writing to seek your views and comments on the draft guidance.  This consultation begins on 16 December 2016 and will run until 19 January 2016.


This is a collaborative workstream between NAPICU and DIMHN looking to enhance the 2014 PICU National Minimum Standards with guidance on the design and construction of the PICU built environment, expanding on the information available in Health Building Note (HBN) 03-01 – Adult mental health units and build on current best practice.

National Association for Psychiatric Intensive Care and Low secure units (NAPICU) is a not for profit organisation committed to developing and promoting the specialty of psychiatric intensive care and low secure services. Dedicated to improving patient experience and outcomes, and to promoting staff support and development within PICUs and LSUs.

Design in Mental Health Network (DIMHN) is a not for profit social enterprise company with charitable aims. It is for anyone with an interest in the design of mental health units and settings who aspires to improve and enhance the built environment. Its mission is to share best practice in design and to create improved and innovative solutions to aid recovery.

How to comment

If you would like to contribute, please ensure that your response reaches us by 5pm on 19 January 2017. Responses received after the closing date and time will not be considered. Please send consultation comments to:


Postal address: NAPICU Administration Office, Scottish Enterprise Technology Park, 60 Nasymth Avenue, East Kilbride, Glasgow, G75 0QR

When responding, please state whether you are responding as an individual or representing the views of an organisation. If responding on behalf of a larger organisation, please make it clear who the organisation represents. If you have any further questions about this consultation please contact us using the email address below:


To view the guidance for consultation, please click here