Jan 22 2013

Web design for CAMHS

Surrey Camhs website design by S8080

 

Over the past couple of years, we’ve worked on several web design projects for CAMHS organisations (child and adolescent mental health services). CAMHS websites bring there own special set of challenges due to the young audience and the sensitive nature of the subject matter.

Our first was the Surrey CAMHS website, which was seen as groundbreaking and showed what could be done when a user centred design approach was adopted. We then designed and built two websites for Coventry and Warwickshire NHS – the Moodleton site for younger children and a mobile app based web development for young adults.

Just before Christmas, we started work on another CAMHS web development for a third NHS Partnership trust (more information soon), with a series of alignment meetings with the comms team and the practitioners.

These meetings help us shape the personas, information architecture and web site wireframes and are a valuable forum for brainstorming ideas for engaging the young audiences from the actual people who work with them to overcome their problems.

Content management systems

All of the web sites use a content management system (Drupal, Umbraco, WordPress, even SharePoint in Coventry and Warwickshire’s case) to enable the comms teams to update the website without having to ask a web design agency.

Having a CMS website also means the practitioners can offer up to date advice and information to parents, carers and professionals as well as the young people quickly and efficiently.

The use of open source CMS software means that available budget can be used to develop interactive elements and even mobile website design rather than hefty software license fees.

camhs moodleton website design by S8080

Branding

As you can imagine, each NHS Partnership Trust has very strict brand guidelines, but it’s often the case that their brand agency aren’t digital experts, so it falls to us to extend their brand identity to work well online and for the young target audiences.

During our stakeholder meetings and requirements gathering, we often hear “we don’t want it to look like an NHS website – it puts the young people off”. This is where creative design, carefully balanced with adherence to the brand guidelines comes into play. You can see above how the NHS brand is placed, but the focus is on the creative, characters and the sub brand.

Coming to CAMHS

coming to camhs website design by S8080

Being referred to CAMHS is a difficult time for young people, their carers and families, and a little consideration of how they are actually feeling (and this is where the practitioner’s input into the web site design is so valuable) can help them understand why they feel the way they do, how they can be helped and who will help them.

If you would like to chat about how S8080 could help you design your CAMHS website, call 01792 485566 and ask for me, Chris Cowell, or email info@s8080.com.

Aug 12 2011

Job: Junior ASP .NET Web Developer

A great job for a Junior ASP .NET Web Developer (VB)

We are looking for a talented junior developer to join our technical development team. Ideally, you will have some .NET experience, but then again, if you are a graduate level and love coding, let us know 🙂
In this role, you’ll be supporting, rolling out and in the future ,helping to develop our existing suite of applications and solving technical problems. You’ll be passionate about coding to the very highest professional standards and have an interest in the internet that borders on the obsessive.

Essential Skills

  • Beginner knowledge of ASP.NET 2.0  – in VB.Net (or C# if willing to convert to VB)
  • Familiarity with Visual Studio 2005/2008/2010
  • T-SQL / Basic SQL (and an understanding of the concepts of Stored
  • Procedures, Views, Triggers, User Functions)
  • Knowledge of Relational Database Design
  • Familiarity with SQL 2000/2005/2008 Management Studio an advantage
  • Understanding of Object Oriented Programming
  • Javascript

Desired but not essential

  • jQuery
  • AJAX
  • CSS
  • XML
  • XHTML
  • Microsoft Office Suite – Specifically Excel and Access

Roles and Daily Duties

  • Product Technical Support
  • Roll out CMS
  • Involvement with the maintenance of S8080 CMS
  • QA and testing of in-house technical projects to a high level
  • Development of entry level technical solutions (small-medium sized applications)
  • Creation of technical documentation (Technical Specifications, User Guides etc)

You’ll be working in our Swansea SA1 offices, a stones throw from the sea, in a fast paced, creative environment with 16 talented people. Ranging from ultra-techies, front end web developers and creatives through to unfeasibly organised project managers and information architects, our team work hard and enjoy what they do – this gives us very happy clients and lots of high profile exciting work to do.

You’ll have a pension, plenty of professional development opportunities, good holidays, flexible working, a state of the art working environment and the chance to work with the sort of clients Welsh agencies only normally dream about. And most importantly, we pay good people well.

Just send your CV and a quick covering email with salary expectations to Matt Howard at jobs@s8080.com

We look forward to hearing from you.

Absolutely no recruitment agencies.