Safevent window for Devon’s first PICU

Devon Partnership NHS Trust has chosen the latest iteration of Britplas’s Safevent window for its new, 10-bedded £5.5m Wonford PICU, The Junipers. Since its invention in 2006, Britplas says the Safevent has been installed ‘in hundreds of mental health facilities across the UK’. The design has been continually improved, evolving through eight models, while retaining its core anti-ligature design, natural light and ventilation, and patient control features.

Established architects join forces

Cowan Architects has announced that it has incorporated Alexander Sedgley Architects of Greenwich into its East Grinstead and London Bridge practice, with immediate effect.

Leading UK and Canadian architects form partnership

BDP has made ‘a strategic investment’ in Toronto-based Quadrangle, ‘one of Canada’s most respected architecture and interior design practices’. The practices say the partnership will create a platform for continued international growth in key markets and sectors across Canada and North America.

Prime acquires Interserve Prime and sets out ‘new vision’

Health and care property company, Prime, has completed a deal to purchase full shares in joint venture company, Interserve Prime. The company will be known as Prime Partnering Solutions. Prime says the acquisition ‘will have no impact on ongoing projects, other than to offer increased efficiency and the convenience of a single point of contact to clients and suppliers’. It added: “Interserve remains a key supply chain partner to Prime, and the two companies continue to enjoy a good working relationship.”

New name and identity for Assa Abloy UK

Assa Abloy UK, a division of Assa Abloy Group, which claims to be ‘the global leader in door opening solutions’, has unveiled its new name, with the business known as Assa Abloy Opening Solutions UK & Ireland. The company says the new business descriptor reflects the Group’s ongoing commitment to strengthening the Assa Abloy brand, and helping its customers ‘to better understand the organisation’s solutions, services and capabilities’.

Major new investment round to speed product innovation

Oxford VR, a spin-out company from the University of Oxford, has raised £3.2 million with investors including Oxford Sciences Innovation, the University of Oxford, Force Over Mass, RT Capital, and GT Healthcare Capital Partners.

Development of mental healthcare product standard progressing well

The DiMHN and BRE’s joint work to develop a fitness-for-purpose standard for products used in mental healthcare settings is progressing well, with the goal being a launch at this year’s DiMH conference.

Thanks given to ‘a real all-rounder’

At the DiMHN’s 2018 AGM in Manchester in October, President, Joe Forster, paid tribute to the work of the Board members, Workstreams, and the Network’s commercial members, and, after the formal proceedings had closed, said one individual who exemplified this commitment and contribution was Russell Hogarth, who recently stepped down as a Board member.

Book highlights importance of ‘co-production’

DiMHN was represented recently at the launch of an important new book at London South Bank University.

New Board member's extensive experience

Following the retirement ‘by rotation’ of Russell Hogarth, Clive Stone, and Cath Lake, as directors of the Design in Mental Health Network during 2018, Jenny Gill reported at the Network’s 2018 AGM in Manchester in October that while the latter two individuals had been re-elected, a new member had been elected to the Board.

A busy year for the Network’s Workstreams

Speaking at the Design in Mental Health Network’s 2018 AGM at October’s Healthcare Estates 2018 event in Manchester, the DiMHN’s chair, Jenny Gill, explained that all the DiMHN Workstreams had had a very busy year.

RSK Group acquires Pellings

RSK Group, which claims to be the UK’s leading integrated environmental, engineering, and technical services business, has announced its latest acquisition – design, property, and construction consultancy, Pellings – the ninth acquisition that RSK, a privately owned company with 36 international offices, over 2,700 staff, and an annual turnover of £200 m, has made in the 2018/2019 financial year.

£2.3 bn a year extra for mental health promised in NHS Long Term Plan

The NHS Long Term Plan, launched on 7 January, sets out how the £20.5 billion budget settlement for the NHS, announced by the Prime Minister last summer, will be spent over the next five years, and includes measures to prevent 150,000 heart attacks, strokes, and dementia cases, as well as to provide better access to mental health services for adults and children. The Department of Health says the Plan ‘focuses on building an NHS fit for the future’, by: •enabling everyone to get the best start in life; •helping communities to live well; •helping people to age well.

'Consensus Statement' sets out seven priorities

The Mental Health Policy Group has published a ‘Consensus Statement’ with ‘partner organisations committed to improving the lives of people with mental health problems’.

DHF releases Best Practice Guide for building hardware sector

The Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) has released a new Best Practice Guide for the locks and building hardware industry covering the British Standard for Mechanically Operated Push-Button Locksets (BS 8607:2014 + A1:2016).

Static Systems hosts CPD visit from DiMHN Board

Static Systems Group recently welcomed committee members from the Design in Mental Health Network (DiMHN) to its Staffordshire headquarters, where the DiMHN committee combined a CPD visit with its latest board meeting. The main aims of the visit, which was co-hosted by Static Systems Group and Guardian Staff Safety Systems, were to establish opportunities for collaborative working and highlight the latest product developments in attack alarm, fire, and call systems.

Mental Health Network welcomes new ‘anti-violence’ strategy

Sean Duggan, chief executive of the Mental Health Network, part of the NHS Confederation, has welcomed Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock’s announcement of a new strategy for dealing with violence against NHS staff.

An end to PFI announced in 2018 Budget

Confirmation of the extra £20.5 bn more in ‘real terms’ annual funding for the NHS by 2023-2024 announced this June, – including at least £2 bn annually for mental health, and an end to the use of the current PFI model, were among the notable elements impacting on health and social care in Chancellor Philip Hammond’s 2018 Budget Speech delivered on 29 October.

A detailed guide to stakeholder involvement

The third in a series of ‘Design With People in Mind’ guides to be published to date by the Design in Mental Health Network – this time focusing on the importance of stakeholder engagement in the design of both new-builds and refurbishments in mental healthcare, was launched at IHEEM’s Healthcare Estates 2018 in early October.

BBA and LABC’s rallying call for ‘100% Hackitt’

100% Hackitt – an industry initiative to encourage the government to deliver all of the recommendations contained within Dame Judith's report – was launched in Westminster on 22 October by Local Authority Building Control (LABC) and the British Board of Agrément (BBA).