A major design project for First Step Trust’s (FST) design studio has been well received at the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) in Geneva. This September, delegates to WHO’s Mental Health Gap Action Programme Forum were presented with a series of leaflets designed by SMaRT Design & Print on mental health.
SMaRT Design & Print is a social enterprise, based in a medium secure unit in Prestwich, Greater Manchester. It operates as a commercial design studio and through that provides opportunities for patients at the Edenfield Centre to gain experience in the design business.
This job was a high profile commission from a group made up of NHS England, Public Health England and the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Ronnie Wilson MBE, FST CEO said: “Commissioning SMaRT Design & Print not only guarantees you a quality job, it also gives people often overlooked by the jobs market, a chance to develop their work skills and experience.”
These leaflets were also published on the NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) website as well as in The Lancet, the world’s leading general medical journal.
Dr David Shiers who commissioned the design work said: “SMaRT Design & Print’s professionalism, responsiveness and service with a smile, has never faltered. The quality of these resources speaks for itself.” Dr David Shiers is a GP advisor to National Audit of Schizophrenia, retired GP from North Staffordshire, former joint lead of the National Early Intervention in Psychosis Development Programme (2004-10)
“It’s been a real pleasure working with SMaRT Design & Print. They’ve been responsive, polite and professional and delivered high quality, carefully crafted products.”
Dr Asanga Fernando MRCPsych, Clinical Leadership Fellow to Dr Geraldine Strathdee, National Clinical Director for Mental Health, NHS England
“Thank you SMaRT, for all your hard work. These guidance leaflets are a great tool which will have a huge impact in the field, helping to improve lives.”
Gregor Henderson, Director Wellbeing and Mental Health, Public Health England