Eileen Skellern 1

Maudsley Hospital

We worked with artists, patients and staff to create a series of extraordinary artworks for Eileen Skellern 1, a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) for women at the Maudsley Hospital in South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. 

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In our most ambitious project to date, we have commissioned world class artists to work in partnership with patients and staff to radically re-envision the physical environment on the unit with imaginative, inventive and PICU compliant artworks. Eileen Skellern 1 provides semi-secure hospital care for women who have severe and on-going mental illnesses. The unit is an intensively managed environment, where clinical processes are in place to keep patients safe and to aid their recovery.

To create artwork that would meet the specificities of the space required multiple gatherings between staff and artists, creative workshop sessions with patients, fabrication and installation innovation with partners and continued reviews and evaluation to ensure the best possible outcomes.

The result is 7 wonderful and bespoke artistic environments that aim to instil value, dignity and wellbeing in the people giving and receiving care at Eileen Skellern 1.

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Harold Offeh

TV Room, Eileen Skellern 1, Maudsley Hospital

‘The right art in the clinical environment can transcend boundaries and barriers; this can positively impact on the self-esteem of patients and staff.’

-Staff member, Eileen Skellern 1

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Tamsin Relly

Communal Lounge, Eileen Skellern 1, Maudsley Hospital

‘It’s a light in my life.

-Patient, Eileen Skellern 1

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Julian Opie

Corridors, Eileen Skellern 1, Maudsley Hospital

‘You can connect using the art. I would always hope that, as a doctor, I consider the patient in front of me as a whole person with a whole life, not just who I’m seeing at that time. I think the artwork really reminds you of that. It prompts and ensures that you are continuing to think because it evokes conversations and stimulates things that you don’t normally get into during a normal clinical interview.’

-Staff member, Eileen Skellern 1


Nengi Omuku

Family Room, Eileen Skellern 1, Maudsley Hospital

‘I came on the ward the other day, went into the ‘make- believe paradise’, and I sat there and I could have sworn I was outside. I know I wasn’t, but it really had that effect.’

-Staff member, Eileen Skellern 1

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Aimee Mullins

Communal Sitting Area, Eileen Skellern 1, Maudsley Hospital

‘It feels like pushing boundaries. Things you thought could never be considered at all are now being considered.’

-Staff member, Eileen Skellern 1


Tim A Shaw

Conference Room, Eileen Skellern 1, Maudsley Hospital

‘Come and sit with your pain and watch the artwork unfold.’

-Patient, Eileen Skellern 1

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Paresha Amin

Interview Room, Eileen Skellern 1, Maudsley Hospital

Eileen Skellern 1 & Hospital Rooms

Win Quality Improvement Project of the Year 2018!


Hospital Rooms and Eileen Skellern 1, Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit for women have won the NAPICU Quality Improvement Project of the Year 2018!

The National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (NAPICU) Quality Improvement Award recognises quality improvement and innovative practice in PICU patient care.

The artists and Hospital Rooms worked in partnership with the patients and staff on ES1 PICU to improve the quality of care for patients, change the physical environment and produce innovative permanent artworks. The award highlights how a physical environment on a ward can have a big impact on the quality of care which patients receive. 

This project has enhanced the quality of care provided to our patients in the psychiatric intensive care unit. It is a privilege to be part of this team, and this award recognises what can be achieved through dedicated teamwork.
— Dr Faisil Sethi, Consultant Psychiatrist, ES1
It has positively transformed the physical environment on ES1 to be much more therapeutic for the patients. This award acknowledges the hard work and dedication of ES1 and Hospital Rooms teams in ensuring successful completion of the project despite the challenges faced due to the acuity of the ward
— Onyeka Nwankowo, Ward Manager, ES1
The ES1 team are so proud that all our hard work in our collaboration with Hospital Rooms has been recognised. As a team we really enjoyed working on the project and planning the transformation of the ward alongside the patients over a period of eighteen months. The addition of the art work has made such a huge difference to the physical environment and subsequently the therapeutic atmosphere on the ward and both staff and patients have benefitted greatly.
— Rebecca Davies, Occupational Therapist
We’re absolutely thrilled that our project has been recognised on a national scale in a Quality Improvement category. It is easy to see the arts as a soft or alternative approach, but this award places a real value on the positive impact it can have in a clinical setting. Everyone involved worked tirelessly to come up with imaginative and physically safe artworks for Eileen Skellern 1 Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit for women and we are so proud of all we have all collectively achieved.
— Niamh White, Co Founder, Hospital Rooms

Hospital Rooms & Eileen Skellern 1 exhibition

To celebrate the completion of our project, our sponsor Colart, hosted a gallery exhibition to showcase the artworks that had been created.

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Eileen Skellern 1 (ES1) is a psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU) at the Maudsley Hospital in London. We offer care for women who live in the catchment area of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Our team includes health and social care staff from a range of professions. We provide semi-secure psychiatric and intensive hospital care for women who have severe and on-going mental illnesses. We provide assessment, treatment and intensive multidisciplinary care, and interface with a range of services inside and outside the healthcare setting.

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust: provides NHS care and treatment for people with mental health problems. They also provide services for people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol. As well as serving the communities of South London, they provide specialist services for people from across the UK and beyond. Locally, they deliver mental health services for people living in the London boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark; and substance misuse services for residents of Bexley, Lambeth, Greenwich and Wandsworth.

They provide clinical services in seven London boroughs, with a combined population of nearly 2 million people covering an area of 168 square miles, rich in culture, diversity and architecture. They are part of an Academic Health Sciences Centre called King's Health Partners with King’s College London, Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts and their aim is to be a leader in improving health and wellbeing - locally, nationally and globally.

Internationally they work with Macani Medical Centre an Abu Dhabi based organisation set up to bring the highest quality health care to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Enquiries: info@hospital-rooms.com / +44 (0) 7427141245