Designing better mental healthcare facilities


Kier claims construction first in ‘tackling modern slavery’

To take action against modern slavery’, Kier claims to be UK’s first contractor to train its Mental Health First Aiders (MHFAs) to spot the signs of modern slavery and exploitation.

Campaign launched to ‘tackle injustices’ in construction industry

A new campaign to tackle work-related rights within the construction industry is launched this month (November), as experts say they fear ‘workers’ rights are being dismissed’.

AR headset claimed to ‘take construction to next level’

XYZ Reality, the ‘transformational construction technology’ company behind Holosite, reportedly the world’s first Engineering-Grade Augmented Reality platform, has launched what it claims is ‘the most accurate AR headset for construction'.

Construction starts on therapeutic eating disorders unit

Construction has started on a new £8 m inpatient eating disorders unit at St Ann’s Hospital in Sandbanks for Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust.

‘Green light’ given for new £105.9 m Manchester mental health unit

Final approval has been given for Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH) to build a new adult mental health unit at North Manchester General Hospital (NMGH).

Leeds Trust the UK’s first to officially be ‘Carbon Literate’

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust says it has become the UK's first NHS hospital Trust to officially become’ Carbon Literate’, allowing it to 'take an important step towards its goal of becoming one of the UK’s greenest NHS Trusts’.

Bacteria eliminated via ‘pioneering’ door handle

A Glasgow-based company is producing a ‘pioneering’ hygienic door handle which it says ‘eliminates bugs within seconds, reducing the cross-transmission of infectious bacteria and viruses’.

Budget Speech confirms rise in healthcare resource spending

In an Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021 speech to Parliament today (Wednesday 27 October), the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, noted that investment was growing, public services were improving, public finances were ‘stabilising’, and wages were rising.

Helping Trusts implement their decarbonisation plans

A new partnership to help NHS Trusts develop and implement their decarbonisation strategies has been launched, as senior NHS leaders say decarbonising the NHS estate is ‘fundamentally not complex’, but that more data and greater guidance are needed.

Ground broken for new low-secure Maghull facility

VINCI's IHP team, a joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine, has officially broken ground at the site of a new 40-bed specialist low secure hospital for people with learning disabilities at Maghull Health Park, Merseyside.

Latest ERIC returns show rises in estate running and backlog costs

In 2020/2021 the total cost of running the NHS estate in England was £10.2 billion – a 4.8 per cent increase on 2019/20, with total energy usage from all sources across this estate 11.4 billion kWh, 1.6 per higher than in the previous year.

Survey to examine ‘masculinity in engineering’ issues

Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50, and male construction workers are almost four times more likely to take their own life than the average of those working in any other industry or profession.

£1.7 bn funding bid to improve healthcare in and around Bradford

Europe’s ‘first carbon-neutral’ hospital, a mental health facility replacing a Victorian era building, and a single hospital site bringing two hospitals together – all in Bradford – form part of an ambitious funding bid submitted to the Government.

Three new staff for Mott MacDonald’s Healthcare team

Mott MacDonald has made three new appointments to its UK Healthcare team – Steven Bentley as Healthcare technical lead, Alison Ryan as deputy Healthcare technical lead, and Andy Witchell as Strategy and Development lead for Health.

Masterkey system’s benefits shown at Bath facility

The Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust is the latest healthcare organisation to benefit from Triton2, a patented, high-security masterkey system from Assa Abloy.

Specialist ‘tech company’ appoints new CEO with eye on business growth

Sewell Estates has announced Claire Harrison as the new CEO of Parallel Data Intelligence.

Fusion21 announces £750 m Decarbonisation Framework

Procurement organisation and social enterprise, Fusion21, has announced the launch of its national Decarbonisation Framework, worth up to £750 million over a four-year period, and is now inviting bids from interested SMEs and contractors.

Indoor ‘Sky Garden’ opens at Chelsea and Westminster

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and its charity, CW+, have unveiled a new indoor botanical Sky Garden at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, designed by award-winning landscape designer and CW+ Artist in Residence, Jinny Blom.

Emotive suicide prevention video aimed at construction workers

With almost 500 construction workers taking their own lives every year in the UK and Ireland, a wordless, emotive video has been released as a free resource to highlight the issue, ahead of Friday 10 September, which is World Suicide Prevention Day.

Autumn 2022 study tour in Texas and California

As part of its International Workstream programme, the Design in Mental Health Network is organising a delegation of professionals specialising in mental health and dementia care design to travel to California and Texas on a study tour in late 2022.

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