Designing better mental healthcare facilities


Unite calls for urgent RAAC risk-register in NHS

Unite, one of Britain’s leading trade unions, has called on all NHS organisations to urgently establish a risk register for reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) that may have been used in buildings across the NHS estate.

NHS could lose out on £1 bn of savings without fast 5G roll-out

Research commissioned by Vodafone has found the NHS will lose out on £1 billion of savings every year if 5G is not rolled out quickly across the UK.

Abloy UK launch facilitates offline access control management

Abloy UK has launched Incedo Offline, an extension to the Incedo ecosystem that it says allows access to be managed both in real-time and offline at the same premises, ‘providing even greater control and flexibility’ for Security and Facilities managers.

Healthcare organisations’ Net Zero plans ‘blown off track’ by energy crisis

Eighty-five per cent of business leaders within the UK and Ireland’s healthcare sectors believe the ‘energy crisis’ will impact their organisation’s ability to meet emissions reduction plans, according to research published by Schneider Electric, the specialist in ‘the digital transformation’ of energy management and automation.

‘Health and care advocate’ joins law firm

An experienced ‘health and care advocate’ has become the second partner in as many months to join Bevan Brittan’s market leading Health & Care - Regulatory team, as it continues to grow to meet client demand.

WiFi SPARK’s healthcare business rebrands

WiFi provider, WiFi SPARK, is rebranding its healthcare arm as SPARK Technology Services, with the new identity marking the completion of the integration of the former Hospedia bedside unit business, and ‘a new vision for the NHS, based on patient engagement and application services’.

Work progressing on multi-million Norwich mental health inpatient facility

IHP says that the development of three new ‘state-of-the-art’ wards, and refurbishment of two existing wards at The Rivers Centre, Hellesdon Hospital in Norwich for Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has ‘taken an exciting step forward’

Work underway on £105 million mental health unit in Manchester

Work on a new, ‘state-of-the-art’ £105 m adult mental health inpatient unit, to improve mental health care and facilities for patients, is now underway in Manchester.

Birmingham Children’s Hospital expansion plans approved

Plans for a BDP-designed expansion and upgrade to Birmingham Children’s Hospital have been approved by Birmingham City Council’s Planning Committee.

Music charity ‘inspires staff working in dementia care’ with new free resource

A music charity with over 25 years’ experience of working with care staff has released a new, free resource to – as it puts it – ‘inspire and encourage the use of music in dementia care’.

Independent health and social care charity’s new CEO joins ‘at a critical time’

Sarah Woolnough, currently Chief Executive of Asthma + Lung UK, has been appointed as the new CEO of The King’s Fund, succeeding Richard Murray, who will step down in November.

A complex flooring job on St Ann’s Hospital redevelopment

The redevelopment of St Ann’s Hospital, a multi-purpose healthcare campus in Tottenham, included a new, purpose-built mental health inpatient building.

Mental health to be a key focus for occupational health and safety ‘alliance’

Nine of the UK’s most prominent health and safety organisations have united to form the Occupational Safety and Health Stakeholder Alliance.

UVC water trap disinfector tackles multi-drug-resistant bacteria

DDC Dolphin has launched new technology designed to stop the spread of multidrug-resistant (MDR) bacteria in what is says are ‘among the most contaminated areas in hospitals’ – sink water traps.

BESA backs call to triple retrofit recruitment

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has called for a major injection of funding and planning into addressing the skills shortage which it claims is preventing the refurbishment and retrofitting of buildings in line with the Government's carbon reduction targets.

Mental health bedroom ‘sets new bar’ for the future

Offsite healthcare construction specialist, Darwin Group, officially showcased at June’s Design in Mental Health 2023 event ‘a pioneering modular mental health bedroom that sets a new bar’.

Insulation jackets for enhanced energy efficiency

Spirax Sarco, a ‘global leader’ in steam system engineering and solutions, says its ‘advanced new range’ of insulation jackets are ‘designed to optimise energy efficiency and reduce heat loss in industrial processes, and represent a significant advancement in insulation capability’.

Plans for James Paget diagnostic centre takes further step forward

Plans for a new Diagnostic Centre at the James Paget University Hospital (JPUH) in Great Yarmouth (see visualisation) have taken a further step forward following ‘a significant investment’ from the Department of Health and Social Care.

Medway Trust gets real-time electronic bed management and patient flow system

Medway NHS Foundation Trust has signed a long-term contract with TeleTracking UK to deliver the Trust’s new Care Co-ordination Centre, ‘a centralised, holistic approach for bed management and patient flow’.

CABE ‘delivering the future of building control’ with new regulator

CABE’s Building Inspector Competence Assessment Scheme has been approved as an independent provider scheme by the Building Safety Regulator (BSR).

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