The psychological and emotional benefits of time spent in gardens are well evidenced with resulting improvements in mood, social functioning, emotional and physical well-being.
Through consultation with staff and the wider critical care community, artist/designer and researcher, Dr Laura Johnston, created a garden for critical care at James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough. Over the past year, the garden has been the subject of social science research.
The outcome of this exciting participatory research project will be presented at the event where the public and NHS staff will meet the artist, gain insight into life in critical care, learn about the design process and the role of social science in the evaluation of this therapeutic space.
Celebration of the ICU garden as a ‘transformative’ space for Health and Wellbeing of inpatients, carers and staff
Professor Paul Chazot/Chair in Pharmacology/Biosciences/WRIHW, Dr Lara Johnston (Durham University) and Dr Sheila Quaid (Sunderland University)
Policymakers, Public Sector