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Thursday 11 January 2024

Designing for children's
health & well being

Crispin Walkling-Lea - Great Ormond Street Hospital
Alex Abbey - Cullinan Studio


Venue: The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London, WC1E 7BT

Time; 7.45 - 10.15am

According to statistics produced by the Mental Health Foundation, 10% of children and young people aged from 5 to 16 have a clinically diagnosable mental health problem and 20% of adolescents may experience a mental health problem in any given year. as well.


Health facilities are seeing long wait times for appointments, a lack of behavioural and mental health service providers, and no capacity for outpatient care. For education facilities how do we design spaces which can form a positive emotional connection and enjoyable learning environment.

To address this they are looking at a joined-up approach to the treatment of physical and mental health for children and young adults aged 5-20, bringing together CAMHS, Psychology, Paediatric and Neuro-Assessment departments.

Come and join us for our first ACN breakfast of 2024 as we discuss:

  • Design for health and well being in schools & medical settings

  • Meeting the needs of children & young people of varying ages & abilities

  • Facilitating future developments & innovation in education & healthcare settings

  • Connection to nature to improve health and learning outcomes


Crispin Walkling-Lea
Great Ormond Street Hospital
Crispin is responsible for healthcare planning, and operational commissioning at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust.  He leads on briefing and design of new and refurbished clinical departments and preparing all new facilities for occupation and patient activity. 
Originally trained in both adult and children's nursing, Crispin worked on the PFI redevelopment of BARTS and The Royal London hospitals for 11 years where he developed his specialist skills in healthcare planning, equipping and operational commissioning of new health facilities.  
Crispin is experienced in stakeholder engagement, project management and major change programmes and is driven by the aspiration to provide inspired architecture containing world-class clinical facilities that enhance the patient experience and assist clinicians and staff in delivering the highest possible quality of care to patients and families.

Alex Abbey
Cullinan Studio

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