Designing better mental healthcare facilities


Sodexo partnership to help prevent infection in healthcare settings

Sodexo has partnered with the Infection Prevention Society and the Tork professional hygiene brand, to launch an Environment, Cleaning and Decontamination programme to help infection prevention specialists tackle infections in healthcare settings.

NHS England proposes new mental health access standards

The NHS is set to take another major step towards improving patient access to mental health services with the introduction of five new waiting time guarantees, under plans recently set out.

APT Skidata launches ‘total parking solution’ for healthcare sector

CARE, a new 'solution' that the UK parking solutions business says will enable healthcare facilities – from hospital estates to single GP surgeries – to manage their own parking system simply and effectively, has been launched by API Skidata.

Ultra-low noise chiller installed at Craigavon hospital

An ultra-low noise CIAT chiller operating on lower global warming potential (GWP) R-32 refrigerant has been installed at the Craigavon Trauma and Orthopaedic Wing at Craigavon Area Hospital in Northern Ireland.

‘Pioneering’ cleaning strategy based on ‘scientific approach’

ISS Healthcare has commissioned a project that it says will ‘take a scientific and behavioural approach to healthcare cleaning, and drive the nation’s healthcare journey in our places that heal’.

PPE and other ‘critical equipment’ reliably disinfected

Mackwell Health, part of the Mackwell Group, has announced that it has partnered with Whitebox, a Swedish-based provider of surface and air disinfection solutions, to develop what the two companies say are ‘state of the art’ UV-C disinfection chamber

Improved ventilation essential to safe building use, engineers warn

Good ventilation inside public buildings and on transport systems is essential to reducing the risk of COVID-19 and other infections, a report published by the Royal Academy of Engineering and its National Engineering Policy Centre warns.

Intastop webinar will see anti-ligature solutions discussed

Intastop will deliver a keynote webinar to those with a professional / personal interest in the creation of safe and secure mental healthcare settings on 4 August at 2pm, in association with Mental Health Design & Build.

MTX to complete biggest project to date this year

After what has been an incredibly difficult time for global businesses, Modern Methods of Construction healthcare building specialist, MTX Contracts, is celebrating a decade of year-on-year growth, with 2021 revenues in excess of £90 million.

First intake welcomed on ‘gold standard’ course

Derby-based Develop Training, which has had to alter many of its courses due to the pandemic, has welcomed the first intake of clients on its ‘gold standard’ construction course – with many employers receiving money back from the CITB Levy.

Robust and attractive flooring for Welsh Integrated Care Centre

Polyflor says a selection of its vinyl flooring products has helped to create safe and attractive internal environments within the ‘state-of-the-art’ Cardigan Integrated Care Centre.

Lighting upgrade to deliver 91 per cent energy savings

As part of the £4 million energy performance contract with United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT), Veolia has upgraded lighting at Lincoln County Hospital, Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, and Grantham and District Hospital (pictured).

Streamlining finding and booking of clinical and non-clinical space

NHS Property Services (NHSPS) and Kajima Community, have launched a new, ‘revamped’ website that they say will ‘streamline the finding and booking of clinical and non-clinical space across the NHS estate’.

Protect the user, fitting, and budget

In mental rehabilitation settings, a shower should assist in the delivery of care – providing safe, comfortable warm water for hygiene and wellbeing, while discouraging users from causing intentional harm, either to themselves or their environment.

IHP to deliver new £50 m Children and Young Person’s facility

Integrated Health Projects, the VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine joint venture, has been appointed to deliver a £50 m Children and Young Persons' (CYP) mental healthcare facility for the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

Leeds Beckett students ‘educated’ on BMS systems

Honeywell is working with Leeds Beckett University to provide students at its School of Building Environment, Engineering, and Computing with what the company claims is ‘unparalleled access to industry knowledge and experience’.

Airedale Group looks forward to ‘next phase of growth’

Rubicon Partners, a ‘hands-on investment partnership’ focused on the acquisition and long-term strategic development of complex industrial businesses in Europe and North America, has made a ‘significant investment’ into the Airedale Group.

Self-disinfecting’ door handle on sale from July

Swiss ‘tech company’ Tweaq’s smart self-disinfecting door handle, which it says ‘can potentially eradicate millions of pathogens per building’, will be available from July this year.

‘Blended’ HV electrical course a claimed ‘industry first’

Develop Training is claiming an ‘industry first’ with the launch of a ‘blended’ training course for workers who handle high voltage electrical systems.

Woodland cabins in Norway offer 'physical and mental respite'

Located in verdant woodland just a stone’s throw from the entrance of Norway’s largest hospital, two sensitively designed wooden shelters are aspiring to make hospitalisation easier and more comfortable for patients and their families.

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