Designing better mental healthcare facilities


New BESA guidance will ‘revolutionise building air quality’

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has launched a new specification for ventilation hygiene as part of its ongoing efforts to minimise the risk posed by contaminated indoor air to human health and well-being.

First ever outdoor art installation at Glasgow’s Stobhill Hospital

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) has installed the first ever piece of outdoor art at Stobhill Hospital’s Mental Health Campus in Glasgow, signalling a summer of work to improve the hospital’s greenspaces and outdoor facilities.

'Designing for Everyone' – a toolkit for primary care

The new 'Designing for Everyone 'toolkit has been developed to help GP practices and health centres improve their buildings and the physical environment for people with learning disabilities, autism, and cognitive impairment.

NHS Confederation cites workforce shortages as ‘biggest challenges’ to building a future mental health workforce

Commenting on our joint briefing with the Centre for Mental Health and Mind, titled ‘Building a mental health workforce for the future’, Sean Duggan, CEO of the mental health network at the NHS Confederation said: “Mental health services have faced unprecedented demand over the last few years, with the impact of the pandemic and cost of living crisis increasing the amount of people coming forward needing support."

Novus appoints new head of Operations to support growth of Interiors service

Novus Property Solutions has appointed Sean Ryan as head of Operations for Partnerships, part of its dedicated Interiors service, which it says is a vital element of its five-year growth strategy.

Construction workers can ‘escape to the beach’ via immersive pod

Construction firm, Graham, recently launched an ‘Immersive Pod’ experience to improve the mental health of builders on its Mossley Hill mental health facility construction site in Liverpool.

Tap range ‘encourages hygiene, water conservation, and cost savings’

With rising water consumption, a growing population, and climate change, water conservation is becoming ever more pressing and – says Cistermiser – by 2050, Britain will require an additional 2.7 billion litres of water each day just to keep the taps running.

‘Cutting-edge smart locker solutions’

LinkLockers has announced what it says is ‘an exciting new partnership with eLocker – aimed at delivering cutting-edge smart locker solutions to its collective customer base’.

Bipolar UK supports Big Mood

The UK’s only national charity dedicated to supporting people affected by bipolar has been working with the production team behind the new Channel 4 series, Big Mood, to help guide authenticity around the storyline.

The first episode of the six-part comedy is due to air on Channel 4 on 28 March.

Robust video intercom’ ‘best-in-class protection’

A new ‘best-in-class’ 2MP Video Intercom from IDIS - the vandal-resistant and waterproof DC-I6212WRX – is the first NEMA 4X, IK10, and IP66-rated product of its kind offered by any video surveillance vendor, then company claims.

Resource ‘to transform sustainability in engineering education’ launched

As part of a major initiative to ensure that the engineers of tomorrow can rise to the challenges of the climate emergency’, the Engineering Professors’ Council (EPC), which partners The Royal Academy of Engineering and Siemens Digital Industries Software, has launched a new free-to-use Sustainability Toolkit to embed new greener approaches into engineering education.

Innovative screening tool to be a ‘game-changer’ in ADHD diagnosis

The launch of ‘an innovative screening tool in County Durham will prove a ‘game-changer’ in the diagnosis of ADHD across the UK and Ireland, its developers say.

Building engineers set to influence health and wellbeing more than medicine and social care, speaker claims

A leading respiratory illness expert has claimed that facilities management and building services engineering will have a greater influence on worldwide human health and wellbeing than the medical and social care professions.

Framework will help NHS organisations procure solutions ‘at pace’

NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) has unveiled a new online portal to make it quicker and easier to access its portfolio of framework agreements when contracting authorities want to buy goods or services.

How remote working can benefit the neurodivergent

A 25-year-old autistic woman has shared how remote working has helped maintain her busy career, explaining that by working this way she is able to control factors such as all her sensory inputs in a way that is not possible in the office.

Increase in hospital fires highlights compliant fire doors’ importance

With ERIC 2022/2023 data highlighting an 18 per cent rise in fires recorded by NHS Trusts across England in 2022/23 – to 1,372 – equating to almost four fires a day across the NHS, Assa Abloy Opening Solutions UK & Ireland is emphasising ‘the utmost importance’ of correct fire door specification, installation, and ongoing maintenance with inspections.

Another construction milestone celebrated

Tilbury Douglas has celebrated another ‘construction milestone’ to enhance emergency and urgent care for patients at Stepping Hill Hospital with the handover of phase two, the temporary Majors Department at the hospital, which will eventually become the Same Day Emergency Care Centre.

Tributes paid to Rob Lambert’s ‘immense’ contribution to the industry

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has paid tribute to Skanska UK Technical operations lead, Rob Lambert, who died recently, describing his contribution to the industry as ‘immense’ – ‘ thanks to his generosity of spirit and willingness to share his experience and technical knowledge’.

Service-users influenced new Highgate East inpatient unit’s ‘cutting-edge design’

On 1 March North London Mental Health Partnership marked the handover of Highgate East, a new NHS mental health inpatient building on the Camden, Haringey and Islington border, which the Partnership says will help it achieve its vision for ‘Better Mental Health. Better Communities. Better Lives’.

Villeroy & Boch set to become one of Europe’s largest bathroom product manufacturers

Villeroy & Boch has completed its acquisition of all operating companies of the Ideal Standard Group, with the latter to be integrated as a separate part of the Villeroy & Boch Group now that all necessary approvals by anti-trust authorities have been received.

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