Scenes from everyday life typical to the surrounding area, including of seagulls, the sea, and people eating fish and chips – all ‘recalling the joys of the outdoors of South Tyneside and South Shields’ – are captured in a range of illustrations introduced by art and design consultancy, Art in Site, into Haven Court, an integrated care hub in South Shields that supports elderly people’s health and wellbeing.
Mental health providers should adopt quality improvement to improve patient care, a new King’s Fund publication, The Quality improvement in mental health report, argues.
In a recently published Care Quality Commission report following a comprehensive threeyear inspection of all specialist mental health services in England – rating services provided by 54 NHS Trusts and 221 independent mental health locations – inspectors express concerns about ‘the poor physical environment of many mental health wards’.
A pledge to treat an extra one million mental health patients by 2020/2021, provide ‘seven day-a-week, 24-hour-a-day’ services, and ‘integrate mental and physical health services for the first time’, were the highlights of a new plan unveiled this summer by Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt.
Worcestershire Hospitals improve care for patients with learning disabilities and mental health problems
Nine new Learning Disability and Mental Health Nurses, who will work across wards at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch and Worcestershire Royal Hospital, joined Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust on September 25 in a move that the Trust describes as "innovative".
Crittall Holdings has acquired the trade and assets of Fendor – the Washington, Tyne and Wear-based manufacturer of high security, ballistic, and ‘bomb-proof’ fenestration, which also supplies windows used in custodial and mental health institutions and the petrochemical industry.
NTW Solutions (a subsidiary of Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust) has selected Sir Robert McAlpine as its preferred delivery partner for a five-year strategic partnership expected to generate at least £50 m of construction turnover through a range of minor and major capital works.
Pensher Skytech has supplied its Skytech Lite window unit for the new 2 Warwick Road eating disorder clinic in High Barnet, North London, which required a specialist antiligature solution that maximised natural light ingress and access to entilation.
Manufacturer of anti-barricade doorsets, vision panels, and hardware for mental healthcare use, the Kingsway Group, says its recently established Design Review Panel (‘DRP’) – comprising individuals with a variety of expertise from clinical, estates and facilities, capital projects, and nursing backgrounds – plays a valuable part by ‘critiquing its designs’ prior to a product’s commercial launch.