Ancora House, Countess of Chester Health Park Completed

A new £14 million ‘state-of-the-art’ CAMHS facility in Chester has been completed. Ancora House, located on the Countess of Chester Health Park, will provide Tier 4 inpatient and day patient care for children and young people with severe and/or complex mental health conditions ‘beyond the remit of community services’.

Award-winning shower valve from Australia

The new GalvinCare Anti-Ligature Shower Control Valve with Electronic Activator – winner of the Product Innovation of the Year Award at May’s Design in Mental Health 2016 Awards – was designed to provide service-users and patients with an easy-to-use way to activate and control a shower, ‘while providing the anti-ligature and vandal-resistant features needed in mental healthcare environments’.

Fire detection system ‘app’ launched

Apollo Fire Detectors has launched a new mobile ‘app’ for iOS and Android devices to help users ensure compliance with BS 5839-1 rules and regulations when installing fire detection and notification devices.

Intastop extends BIM library

With the mandate for the use of Level 2 Building Information Modelling on public sector projects now in force, Intastop has seen ‘a noticeable rise’ in downloads of its ‘BIM-responsive data’, and has accordingly expanded its library to include its ‘IVision’ vision panel and ‘unique’ Door Top Alarm.

‘Breakthrough’ access control system

At last month’s IFSEC International 2016 event in London, UK biometric face recognition system specialist, Aurora, unveiled a claimed ‘world-first’ in access control technology – a system that allows registered users to open doors simply by looking at a sensor, with no need for additional verification such as tokens, cards, or PINs.

Supportive design features for Ayrshire facility

Woodland View, a £46 million adult acute mental health and community facility in Irvine in Ayrshire, has opened its doors to service-users.

Thames Lodge’s extensive outdoor space

Thames Lodge, a new £60 million mental health building at St Bernard’s Hospital, Ealing, designed by David Morley Architects, and built by Kier, has opened.

DIMHN and NAPICU to co-produce new PICU design guidance

At May’s Design in Mental Health Network 2016 conference at the National Conference Centre in Solihull, the Design in Mental Health Network (DIMHN) and the National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care and Low Secure Units (NAPICU) announced that they would be working together to create new design guidance for psychiatric intensive care units.

Go-ahead for Nottingham young people’s unit

Nottinghamshire Healthcare’s proposed £21 m new unit for Children, Young People and Families has received planning permission from Nottingham City Council.

Service-users help design welcoming interiors

Service-users have created poetry, inspired artworks, and helped to design the interior of Thames Lodge, a new Medium Secure Unit at St Bernard’s Hospital in West London which opened in February 2016.

‘Dementia-friendly’ toilet seats for Daisy Hill

Wallgate has worked closely with Bradford District Care Trust’s architect, DLA Freeman White, to introduce a new range of ‘dementia-friendly’ colours for anti-ligature fixed toilet seats for the award-winning new Dementia Assessment Unit centre at Daisy Hill House in Bradford.

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.