Virtual reality to aid recovery

Salford residents living with dementia are taking part in what the Salford Clinical Commissioning Group describes as ‘a revolutionary virtual reality rehabilitation pilot’, led by a local brain injury charity.

Remote management for energy savings

Following ‘a significant investment’ in its Trend Energy Services Division, Trend Control Systems can now ‘tackle demand side energy management even more effectively’ – by remotely managing a customer’s BEMS so it works more efficiently, thereby creating greater energy savings and lowering CO2 emissions.

Care now all under one roof in Guernsey

Guernsey’s new £24 million Oberlands Centre, situated alongside Princess Elizabeth Hospital in St Martin, which opened its doors in January this year – will see all mental health services on the island under one roof at the facility.

‘Powerful’ lone worker protection system

Skygd, a Swedish provider of lone working solutions, and Atus Systems, a UK provider of paging and on-site staff alarm systems, have announced a UK branding partnership.

NHS England pledges £1bn a year to improve mental healthcare

The NHS in England has committed to ‘the biggest transformation of mental healthcare across the NHS in a generation’, pledging to help over a million extra people, and to invest more than £1 bn annually by 2020/21.

Heavyweight line-up for May event

Delegates at this year’s Design in Mental Health conference at the National Conference Centre, Birmingham (taking place from 17-18 May, 2016) will be treated to keynotes from Tom Cahill, CEO of Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation NHS Trust, and former-service user, Ian Callaghan – now Recovery and Outcomes manager at Re-Think Mental Illness.

Multiple benefits for young people’s mental health unit

Four designs and eight colourways from Forbo Flooring Systems’ Marmoleum floor collection have created a durable, design-led, resilient surface flooring solution for NHS Tayside’s new CAMHS unit in Dundee.

Sensitive design for Farnham Road Hospital

A new 60-bed adult acute mental health unit at Farnham Road Hospital in Guildford, designed by PM Devereux and built by Laing O’Rourke, has opened on the site of an existing mental health service provided by Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

‘Passport-style’ brief for young people launched

A ‘passport-style’ brief of key facts that children and young people using mental health services can use to help them avoid repeating their history and preferences has been launched by NHS England.

Salford’s ‘ground-breaking’ new dementia study

A new three-year action and research study into living well with young onset dementia has been announced by the University of Salford’s Institute for Dementia and Salford City Council.

Some councils spend ‘next to nothing’ on prevention

A Freedom of Information Act request by Mind has found that local authorities in England spend ‘an average of 1% of their public health budget on mental health’.

Sheffield PICU provides care close to home

A new Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) for Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust (SHSC NHS), Endcliffe, has been officially opened by the Trust’s chair, Professor Alan Walker CBE.

World-class holistic care building facility

A new residential building for young people with mental illness, autism, and learning difficulties at St Andrew’s Healthcare’s Northampton site will be Europe’s largest facility of its kind when it opens this autumn, the charity and psychiatric services provider says.

New Board members’ varied experience

Following an election held last year, two new personnel have joined the Design In Mental Health Network Board.

Initiative seeks to better protect against assault

Staff working in mental healthcare sector should be better protected against assault in the future with the planned launch of a new partnership protocol by NHS Protect, the National Police Chiefs’ Council, and the Crown Prosecution Service, which will help the NHS, police, and CPS, ‘work together to respond to incidents of crime, investigate, and take appropriate cases forward for prosecution’.

£600m extra pledged for mental health

In his first Autumn Statement since May's General Election, Chancellor George Osborne announced an increase in funding for mental health services.

Call for consistent lone worker protection

As NHS workers become more mobile, and provide more services out in the community, NHS Protect has completed a survey of lone worker protection across the NHS in England, finding ‘wide variance’ in provision by employers.

UK’s first Recornect ‘Media Wall’ installed

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (BSMHFT) is the UK’s first mental health Trust to install one of Dutch company Recornect’s Media Wall screens which it is planning to use ‘to help bring calm to distressed patients’.

Milestone reached in 'new' Broadmoor project

A milestone in the major ongoing redevelopment at England’s best-known high secure mental healthcare facility was celebrated recently, with the topping out of one of the five new buildings which will make up the new Broadmoor Hospital near Bracknell.

Dementia Conference will tackle ‘a global issue’

Taking place from 3-4 November 2015 at Vox Birmingham, the UK’s first ‘cross-sector’ International Dementia Conference will ‘bring together leading figures from across the world and a variety of different industry backgrounds to learn and share ideas on the best solutions to tackle this global issue’.