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wrdunn. Architecture

An award-winning practice of chartered Architects, Building Surveyors and Conservation consultants, wrdunn. have gained a national reputation for original and creative healthcare design solutions. We work closely with healthcare operators, developers and healthcare funds to provide holistic design solutions for the built environment, with dementia design a core focus from inception.

27 November 2017
Yorkshire and Humber
Arts, Charity, Children Young People and Students, Clinical Commissioning Group, Education Sector, Health, Hospices, Hospitality, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts, Housing Sector, Local Authorities, Local DAA Members, Membership Organisations, Recreation, Retail, Schools
Local Alliances:
Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance, Bradford District Dementia Action Alliance, Hull Dementia Action Alliance , Harrogate and Rural District Dementia Action Alliance, East Riding Dementia Action Alliance, Hambleton Dementia Action Alliance, Ryedale Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

As a multidisciplinary practice of Architects, Building Surveyors and Conservation specialists, it is our role to work closely with clients and user groups to ensure that key dementia design considerations are integrated into projects from inception and through to the built environment.

Our design solutions continuously aim to enhance the approach typically taken for dementia and care of older persons, by focusing on allowing people to have the freedom to enjoy their life and surroundings, but in a calm, safe and homely environment. We believe that with our experience and on-going connection with leading health care sector organisations, we can reassess and add to the continuing development of relevant discussions, progression of dementia care and best practice design.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Ensuring that our design team are fully aware of current issues is perhaps our greatest challenge. We aim to assist the transfer of knowledge between staff by undertaking continuous professional development sessions inhouse and at recognised external courses. These often take place at key design stages, ensuring that any lessons learnt are passed through the practice to our design staff, enhancing our design decisions while working on future projects.

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2. Actions

  • To undertake further staff participation in the Stirling University Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) design courses.

    We aim to ensure that all registered Architects have undertaken the course.

  • To undertake dementia related Continuous Professional Development across the company.

    To assist raising awareness internally and ensure knowledge transfer across the design team.

  • To develop a case study on a dementia friendly design and provide local CPD to key clients and design team professionals.

    To assist in knowledge share externally from our practice, advocating best practice in dementia design.