Designing better mental healthcare facilities


‘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.

RICS unveils ‘world-first’ land measurement guidance

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors has formally published ‘world-first’ guidance to define the exact measurement of land and associated metrics, which it says will now serve as best practice ‘for virtually all real estate professionals'.

Projects Office creates ‘third space’ at Edinburgh hospital

A ‘radically designed’ new Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) has opened in Edinburgh.

Easier wayfinding around a hospital or other healthcare facility

Creator of navigation solutions, BuzzStreets, and London’s Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have announced the launch of what they claim is a ‘unique’ indoor wayfinder ‘app’ for hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

‘World-first’ product testing scheme launched

During the recent 2021 Mental Health Awareness Week, BRE and the Design in Mental Health Network launched what they believe is a ‘world-first’ testing scheme for construction products used in mental healthcare facilities.

A new branding for ‘disruptive’ outdoor estates services company

GRITIT Group has re-launched under a new brand as OUTCO – a name it says reflects its ‘evolution into the UK’s leading outdoor estate compliance expert’, with a ‘new and unique’ service offering.

Dulux Trade launches design support for dementia care living spaces

In tandem with this year’s Dementia Action Week, which runs from 17-23 May, Dulux Trade has launched the Dulux Trade Occupant Centred Colour and Design (OCCD) hub.

Hospitals, schools, and workplaces, need an ‘annual building MoT’

Hospitals, schools, and workplaces should be subject to an annual ‘building MoT’ or health check to ensure they are properly ventilated and maintained to protect users from airborne viruses such as COVID-19.

Dementia Design Tool launched ‘to promote independent living’

Gradus has launched an interactive 'Dementia Design Tool' to enable designers and specifiers to create inclusive designs for their buildings, so people with dementia can use them independently and comfortably.

Forbo introduces ‘dementia-inclusive design’ CPD

With the number of people with dementia in the UK continuing to rise, Forbo Flooring Systems has developed a new RIBA-certified CPD which examines flooring’s role in ‘dementia-inclusive’ buildings.

Non-combustible upstand board launched

In what it dubs its ‘latest step to help specifiers and contractors mitigate fire risk in the fifth façade’, Rockwool has launched HARDROCK UB34, a non-combustible insulation solution specially designed for parapet walls and upstands on flat roofs.

Sir Simon Stevens thanked for his ‘brilliant and passionate service’

Sir Simon Stevens (pictured) formally notified the NHS England Board on 29 April of his decision to stand down, ‘as planned’ at the end of July this year, after more than seven years as NHS Chief Executive.

AR technology to simply insulation material choice

Rockwool has enhanced its range of resources for specifiers, contractors, and building owners, with Rockwool Interactive City, ‘a 3D environment’ that facilitates visualising, specifying, and learning about its non-combustible stone wool insulation.

Work starts on £4 m PICU for young people at Warneford

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust says work to build a new eight-bed psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU) for young people at the Warneford Hospital site in Oxford, set to open in early September 2022, is now under way.

‘Limitless options’ for customised floors and walls

‘Innovative’ new Custom floors and walls from Altro allow healthcare specifiers ‘to create unique spaces exactly as they want them’ – the flooring and wall cladding specialist says.

Scottish healthcare facilities’ replacement windows get warm welcome

Issues with ageing timber windows at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy, a 300-bed acute facility, and learning disability hospital, Lynebank Hospital in Dunfermline, have seen the operator of both sites, NHS Fife, fit replacement PVCu units from REHAU.

Mental health ‘recovery plan’ backed by £500 million in funding

People with mental health difficulties ranging from severe mental illnesses, to more common mental health issues, are to benefit from expanded mental health services backed by £500 m as part of the Government’s Mental Health Recovery Action Plan.

Intastop’s £200,000 investment ‘driving greater efficiencies’

Intastop, a manufacturer and supplier of door and wall protective products, and anti-ligature and access, seals, and acoustic products for markets including healthcare, has recently invested £200,000 in design, manufacturing, and assembly functions.

‘Coalition’ discusses pandemic’s impact on young mental health

A new coalition of health and education experts – the Mental Health Action Group – met for the first time recently, to look at the pandemic’s impact on the mental health and wellbeing of children, young people, and education staff, across England.

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