Designing better mental healthcare facilities


Boosting quality care with new York facility

York City Council has approved an application for a new 72-bed mental health hospital for adults and older persons on the city’s Haxby Road, expected to be completed in 2019.

Scenes from South Shields provide a stimulus

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.

Increasing importance of ‘EPDs’ stressed

The Door & Hardware Federation (dhf) is emphasising the increasing importance of Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) to the construction industry – and particularly to architects, builders, and specifiers.

Report highlights importance of ‘quality improvement’

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.

Work begins on Irish forensic hospital

Construction has started on the new €160 million National Forensic Mental Health Hospital in Portrane, County Dublin, designed by Scott Tallon Walker Architects in collaboration with Medical Architecture, and scheduled to open in early 2020.

Approval given for dementia village funding

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, Kent County Council, and partners across east Kent and Europe, have secured ‘significant European funding’ for a ‘dementia village’ to be built near the former Buckland Hospital site in Dover.

Humber Trust seeks CAMHS unit approval

Humber NHS Foundation Trust has applied for planning permission for a new multimillion pound mental health inpatient unit for children and young people in Hull.

Cutting the cost of empty space

NHS Property Services (NHSPS) has launched a ‘vacant space handback scheme’ to help NHS commissioners cut the cost of empty space in their buildings.

CQC report highlights outdated facilities

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’.

Beds sub-contracted to Notts Trust

Nottinghamshire Healthcare has officially opened a 16-bedded ward for adult mental health patients to ensure they can be treated closer to home, with the beds subcontracted from Priory Healthcare and Partnerships in Care in a two year-deal.

Pebble Lodge becomes centre of excellence

Dorset is now ‘home to one of the leading inpatient mental health services for young people in the country’, says the Dorset Children and Adolescent Mental Health Team (CAMHS), based at Pebble Lodge, Bournemouth, and run by Dorset HealthCare.

Plan aims to tackle a 'burning injustice'

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.

Mental Health Unit Improvements Receive Funding

Capital funding has been made available by NHS England for the redesign St Charles’ Health Based Place of Safety to be larger, more comfortable, and more responsive to service users, their families and staff.

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".

A window to even greater success

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.

Sir Robert McAlpine selected for £50 million construction deal

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.

Official opening for Hull ‘sanctuary’

A sanctuary for people in serious emotional distress in Hull was formally opened in mid-May at an event described as a ‘watershed moment’ for mental health services in Hull and East Riding.

‘Domestic aesthetic’ for eating disorders unit

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.

‘Dementia-friendly’ demonstration home

Construction of a ‘dementia-friendly’ home designed to help researchers learn about supporting those living with the condition will begin on the BRE Innovation Park at Garston near Watford this Autumn.

Design Review Panel’s 80 years’ experience

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.

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