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Making more informed decisions on suspension systems

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has published technical guidance designed to help contractors make more informed decisions when selecting suspension systems for building services.

Efficient and easy-to-use cleaning devices join Truvox portfolio

Southampton-based Truvox International has signed an agreement with Eindhoven-based i-Team Professional to bring two of its products to the UK cleaning and FM market under the Truvox brand.

Twenty-four community hubs will offer earlier mental health intervention

Thousands of children and young people will receive earlier, easy access mental health interventions at 24 hubs in local communities, the Department of Health and Social Care has announced.

Bipolar UK joins £4.3 million research project into severe mental illness

Bipolar UK, the UK’s only national charity dedicated to the supporting people affected by bipolar, has joined a new £4.3 million Mental Health Platform Research Hub, which it says is set to advance understanding around the diagnosis and treatment of severe mental illness (SMI), including bipolar.

Six-ward upgrade programme at Warwick mental health facility completed

National fit-out and refurbishment specialist contractor, Willmott Dixon Interiors, has completed the multi-phased refurbishment of a mental health hospital in Warwick.

Collaboration key on Epsom ED energy efficiency upgrade

As part of scheme to upgrade the energy efficiency of the Emergency Department at Epsom Hospital in Surrey during the COVID-19 pandemic, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust Hospital specified REHAU’s curtain walling and TOTAL70C windows.

Compliance Group and Fire Safe Services announce merger

Compliance Group, an integrated provider of safety and regulatory compliance services across electrical, fire and water, has recently announced a merger with Fire Safe Services – which will join its Fire Division to provide fire detection and alarm systems and associated services to its customers.

Call for Government to increase capital funding to repair ‘dilapidated buildings’

A new report from the NHS Confederation, Building the health of the nation: priorities for a new government, says that with the UK NHS having received lower capital investment than other healthcare systems internationally and other industries domestically, there needs to be a significant rise in NHS capital spending across the UK.

Fostering mutual recognition of engineering qualifications in the UK and US

Following last summer’s announcement by Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, of an agreement to work towards mutual recognition of professional qualifications in engineering between the UK and the US, delegates from both nations have met in London for further discussions.

£1 million boost for wireless innovations ‘to improve patient care’

Trials of new wireless technologies to help improve patient care and strengthen connectivity in A&Es and ambulance bays are set to launch across seven NHS Trusts, following new funding from NHS England.

Report cites ‘failure to grow and invest’ in primary and community health services

The authors of a new report from The King’s Fund, ‘Making care closer to home a reality’, say failure to grow and invest in primary and community health and care services – despite successive governments stating a commitment to this agenda – is ‘one of the most significant and long-running policy failures of the past 30 years’.

UK firm ‘ignites interest’ with ‘unique’ electrical fire suppression device

The supplier of a compact ‘ground-breaking’ fire suppression device ‘says it could be poised to help extinguish the second-most common UK cause of fires – electrical fires – ‘in seconds’,

Every building should be treated as ‘high-risk’, says BESA

Many contractors are still ignoring safety regulations despite repeated warnings that measures introduced by the Building Safety Act are already in place and affect every project, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

Kier to deliver £60 m Bexhill mental health hospital

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Kier to deliver a new £60 m, 54-bedded acute inpatient mental health hospital in Bexhill as part of its Re-designing Inpatient Services in East Sussex (RIS:ES) Programme.

Stepnell begins £3.7 m mental health ward refurbishment

Stepnell has commenced refurbishment work at Walton Hospital, Chesterfield, to create a dedicated ward for older adults with functional mental health issues in Derbyshire.

Latest NHSPS annual report highlights £45.9 m in cost savings

NHS Property Services’ latest annual report reveals that it delivered £45.9 m in cost efficiencies for the health service during 2022/23, a 4% increase on the previous year’s performance.

Hybrid lighting system offers ‘ultimate design flexibility’

Helvar says it is ‘taking a revolutionary step in its offering’ with a new hybrid lighting control solution that combines its wireless Helvar ActiveAhead and wired Helvar Imagine solutions for ultimate design flexibility.

New business promises ‘transformation’ in FM delivery

Right FM, a specialist facilities management (FM) company, juts launched, whose key personnel have 40 years’ combined experience in the sector says it is ‘poised to transform the way facilities management is approached, delivering sustainable solutions and significant cost savings for clients’.

Children’s mental health being threatened by mounting financial and other pressures

Children’s mental health is being jeopardised by financial pressures on parents, overcrowded housing, and lack of safe green spaces, says new research by Centre for Mental Health.

Robust anti-ligature shower door can be personalised

Kingsway says its new anti-ligature Shower Door will not only help staff improve patient safety in mental health en-suite bathrooms and washroom areas, but will also help maintain service-user privacy and dignity.

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