Designing better mental healthcare facilities


Work begins on £60 m Northgate Hospital redevelopment in Morpeth

Construction has begun on the £60 m redevelopment of Northgate Hospital in Morpeth, designed by Medical Architecture for NTW Solutions – Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, with the main contractor being Sir Robert McAlpine.

‘Proactive maintenance’ for security systems launched

An ‘innovative’ cloud-based service designed to keep security systems up and running, ‘for maximum effectiveness at a minimum cost’, has been launched by Stanley Security.

‘Urgent and radical reform’ to social care needed, 'coalition' says

A poll of politicians from across the political spectrum carried out by YouGov on behalf of the Health for Care 'coalition' reveals that ‘nine out of 10’ MPs say local government does not have enough resource to meet the growing need for social care.

Static Systems Group welcomes Halma as its new owner

Static Systems Group, the Staffordshire-based designer and manufacturer of nurse call systems, custodial and staff attack alarm systems, bedhead and mobile trunking, wearable communication devices, and fire alarms, has been acquired by Halma.

Seven sites to test benefits of ‘connecting people with nature’

Seven sites which will test the ways in which connecting people with nature can improve mental wellbeing have been awarded a share of a £5.77 million ‘pot’, Environment Minister, Rebecca Pow, has announced.

NHS Lothian CAMHS services on the move in Edinburgh

NHS Lothian's inpatient Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are set to move to their new home at the new Royal Hospital for Children and Young People in Edinburgh this month.

Door furniture is ‘antimicrobial to the core’

P-Wave, a specialist supplier of washroom air fresheners and antibacterial products, says its Steri-Core antimicrobial silver ion technology door furniture helps reduce the spread of bacteria and viruses.

Bespoke modular COVID-19 testing building contract ‘doubled’ to 50

The multi-million pound contract awarded to offsite construction specialists, Premier Modular, to provide bespoke modular buildings for COVID-19 testing has been doubled to 50 sites across the UK.

Nottingham scheme finds better homes and frees hospital beds

During the pandemic a health and housing scheme in Nottingham is, its proponents say, ‘showing the value of partnership work’ in helping residents find good quality housing that helps them stay healthy, and reduces unnecessary time in hospital.

Portable ‘smart device’ harnesses AI to combat loneliness

A British technology start-up focused on helping the elderly live more independently in their own home has received financial backing from the Government.

Over 100 key ‘transformational’ projects set for delivery

NHS Property Services has announced that over the next three years it will deliver over 100 key ‘transformational’ projects that will ‘make essential improvements to the healthcare estate for the benefit of patients, and healthcare professionals'.

Reducing ligature risk in mental healthcare settings

A webinar being held at 2 pm on Monday 26th October, 2020 will see Trevor Santer, Intastop’s National Sales Manager, highlight some of the research and collaboration that has seen the company develop its SECURA ‘Protecting People’ range.

PM confirms £3.7 billion for 40 hospitals in major building programme

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has confirmed that 40 hospitals will be built by 2030 as part of a package worth £3.7 billion, while the proponents of further eight schemes have been invited to bid for future funding.

Change of leadership and ‘re-shaping’ at Imtech

Imtech, jointly owned by EDF and Dalkia, has announced changes to its leadership and organisation as it ‘re-shapes’ to better meet the rapidly evolving market conditions across its business sectors and build on its diversified growth strategy.

Views sought on new Glan Clwyd inpatient unit

Plans for a new inpatient mental health unit in Denbighshire have gone on display to the public.

£10 m learning disability unit opens

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust has officially opened a new low secure Learning Disability Residential Unit at Tatchbury Mount in Calmore in Hampshire.

Manufacturers urged to digitise product data to reduce risk

A new initiative aims to get manufacturers in the construction industry to take ownership of their product information, with a series of articles being produced and manufacturers being encouraged to join a discussion group to share their views.

CIC launches Design Quality Indicator for Health 2

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has launched an updated version of its design quality evaluation tool, the Design Quality Indicator for Health 2 (DQIfH2).

Mammoth-sized Safevents chosen for St Ann’s Hospital redevelopment

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust have chosen the latest iteration of Britplas’ Safevent window for the new buildings at St Ann’s Hospital in Haringey as part of a significant redevelopment project at the site.

Mersey Care takes ownership of new Rowan View MSU on Merseyside

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust has taken ownership of the keys for Rowan View, its new ‘state-of-the art' medium secure unit on the Maghull Health Park on Merseyside.

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