Designing better mental healthcare facilities


‘Massive’ mural’s American feel

Patients, staff, and volunteers, at a secure hospital for people with mental illnesses in Hull have painted a ‘massive mural’ of an American diner on its walls.

Evidence-based inpatient design guide

A concise but informative evidence-based guide to how elements such as high quality personal space, some control over the environment, suitable therapeutic facilities, access to nature, attractive aesthetics, and good acoustics, can significantly aid recovery in inpatient mental health settings, has been published by the Design in Mental Health Network (DIMHN).

Basins and fittings designed to combat infection

Armitage Shanks has launched two ‘innovative healthcare solutions’ designed to help in the fight against infection in healthcare facilities.

Danfloor’s carpet collection is ‘Evolving’

After ‘substantial investment into revolutionary technology’, and design collaboration with its parent company Ulster Carpets, supplier of carpets to the healthcare sector, Danfloor UK, is due to launch two new collections.

Showing the way

Architectural consultancy, Michael Hall Associates, selected Zeta Specialist Lighting’s Ecolux Solar LED trough lighting system, which is ‘entirely powered by solar’, to illuminate a newly designed wayfinding system at Bradford’s Lynfield Mount Hospital.

TB+A’s Investors in People success

UK-based engineering design consultancy and DIMHN member, Troup Bywaters + Anders (TB+A), has become only the third construction industry organisation globally to be awarded the Platinum standard by Investors in People (IiP).

‘Clear momentum’ behind programme

A report recently published by NHS England outlining the progress made in the first year of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health sets out which areas are beginning to see improved access to care, and outlines examples of good local practice.

Wireless system for The Retreat

Multitone Electronics has installed its EkoTek staff protection and patient alert system at The Retreat, a charitable, not-forprofit specialist mental healthcare provider in York, which offers services for people with complex and challenging needs.

Fire door code of practice revised

BSI, the business standards company, has revised the BS 8214 Code of practice for fire door assemblies.

Charity’s £10,000 grant to garden project

The Masonic Charitable Foundation is donating a £10,000 grant to a new therapeutic gardens project at Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield, which will see two gardens at the hospital’s Highlands Wing transformed.

Lord Carter leading review of community and mental health Trusts

NHS Improvement said in February it had commenced its review into community and mental health Trusts, ‘building on the approach of the Carter Report on operational productivity and performance in NHS acute hospitals’.

Cameras with no ligature point

UK security manufacturer, ITS Products, has released new stainless steel versions of its high security CMD cameras; they are now available in a choice of finishes and as an IP or analogue unit.

A ‘new chapter’ of specification

The latest version of Bristan’s specification brochure provides comprehensive information on its ‘tailored collection’ of taps, showers and accessories – including for healthcare – and enables users to search for items by product type or specialist sector.

Anti-ligature Curtain Track

Recently introduced by Anti-Ligature Shop, the J Trac is a new anti-ligature ceiling/wall fixed curtain track which incorporates glider runners designed to unclip when a specific weight is applied.

‘Bold ambitions’ supported by new website

The Design In Mental Health Network (DIMHN) has launched an all-new website aimed at communicating its bold ambitions to a wider audience.

Anti-ligature base launched by Gent

Manufacturer of life safety solutions, Gent by Honeywell, says its ‘new and improved’ S-Quad Anti-Ligature (fire detector) Base (ALD302) is designed to provide additional safety within buildings that accommodate individuals considered to be at risk.

Helping people enter and stay in work

NHS England, along with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Department of Health (DH), is to invest £70 million over the next four years ‘to test different ways to support people with a disability or long-term condition to get in and stay in work’.

Safehinge acquires door hardware specialist

Safehinge has acquired Primera Life, a specialist manufacturer of anti-barricade locksets and other specialist door hardware widely used in mental healthcare environments.

Patients past and present contribute ideas

A £4.4 million purpose-built facility designed to care for some of Fife’s most vulnerable patients has opened its doors at Stratheden Hospital.

‘Unacceptably low’ spending on mental health

Mind has found that local authorities in England spend an average of just 1.36 per cent of their public health budget on mental health – despite having a remit to prevent both physical and mental health problems in the communities they serve.

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