Designing better mental healthcare facilities


Butterflies and forget-me-nots adorn commemorative artwork

A new permanent piece of artwork has been unveiled at the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary Wigan (RAEI) ‘in remembrance and recognition of the extraordinary gift made by organ donors and their families’

NAO report highlights delays on New Hospital Programme

The Government's New Hospital Programme (NHP) has experienced delays, and is expected to deliver 32 of the intended target of 40 new hospitals by 2030, according to a new National Audit Office report (NAO).

Fire alert system designed with high-rise structures in mind

Johnson Controls says its new FireClass FC-EAS Evacuation Alert System is designed to provide fire and rescue service personnel with a simple, intuitive way to initiate an evacuation alert signal within high-rise structures.

DuPont works to increase recycling of uncontaminated PPE

With disposable PPE generally more complex to recycle than other textiles, and thus a substantial source of waste, DuPont has worked with a leading plastic recycler in Germany to recycle used uncontaminated DuPont Tyvek garments.

NHSPS marks decade ‘supporting NHS customers and communities’ alongside service’s 75th anniversary

NHS Property Services (NHSPS), which employs over 5,000 frontline staff, is celebrating 10 years of serving patients, customers, and local communities, ‘with facilities management, property expertise, and transformation of the NHS estate’ across England.

Academy report highlights engineering’s importance and impact

A new report from the Royal Academy of Engineering and Metro Dynamics, Engineering Economy & Place, reveals that engineering represents 32% of total national economic output, and 26% of jobs nationally, but warns that without action to implement a place-based approach to engineering policy, ‘the UK risks hindering the growth of its economy’.

World-first anti-biofilm’ polymer launched

The University of Nottingham and water management company, Angel Guard, say they are set to 'revolutionise’ the world of plastics through the joint launch of a new polymer that they claim ‘could save thousands of lives’.

BESA welcomes ‘surge in demand’ for engineers

Demand for engineers is predicted to grow faster than any other occupation, according to a report, Engineering skills needs – now and into the future, published recently by EngineeringUK.

White Paper advocates using surplus land for health worker homes

Housing is ‘a critical part of the current NHS staffing crisis’, and surplus NHS land should be used to deliver homes for health and social care workers to support staff retention and recruitment, according to a White Paper launched this week.

Streamlining fault-fixing process for critical medical equipment

Traka, a provider of ‘intelligent’ key and asset management solutions, has unveiled new technology that it says should help healthcare facilities ‘streamline the fault-fixing process for critical medical equipment’.

‘Hybrid’ construction for ‘truly integrated’ Hornchurch care hub

McLaren Construction has won the £28 million contract to build the St George’s Health and Wellbeing Hub in Hornchurch, bringing together primary care, mental health, and prevention services, along with cancer care and dialysis, in purpose-built premises.

Community diagnostic centre to benefit patients in Tameside and Stockport

Approval has been given for a new medical centre offering diagnostic care close to home for patients in Tameside and Stockport.

Trusts offered free training on use and maintenance of thermostatic tap

Washroom product manufacturer for the commercial and healthcare sectors, Armitage Shanks, is offering free on-site training on the use and maintenance of its Markwik taps to NHS Trusts across the country.

Demand for engineers faster-growing than for other occupations

As the UK ramps up its focus on becoming a Net Zero economy, a new report commissioned by EngineeringUK finds that demand for engineers is predicted to grow faster than for other occupations, and that vacancies for ‘green engineering’ roles in the UK have increased by more than half (55%) over the past five years.

Roofing specialist’s new MD has lengthy track record

Tony Lowther has been appointed manage director at commercial roofing specialist, BriggsAmasco, following many years’ successful service with the business.

Arco launches ‘responsible workwear’ with ‘fully traceable supply chain’

UK safety company, Arco, says its new ‘responsible workwear’ range comprises a new line of garments ‘made to last, ethically sourced, and produced with a fully traceable supply chain’.

Archus establishes first Welsh office in Swansea

Specialist healthcare infrastructure consultancy, Archus, has established its first office in Wales.

New NHSPS appointee will ‘build key customer relationships’

NHS Property Services (NHSPS) has appointed Jackie Ducker as its Chief Customer Officer.

Joining the NHSPS Executive Board this month from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) – where she was Executive director for Customer and Product – she brings significant executive-level expertise in building key customer relationships, and business growth and improvement, as well as extensive leadership in customer experience.

COVER STORY: Mental health construction has evolved

Over the last decade, mental health construction has seen a remarkable transformation, with innovative new approaches making facilities safer, more comfortable, and tailored to individual needs. From anti-ligature measures to personalised bedrooms, the focus has shifted towards providing patient-centred care in a calming, supportive environment.

Care closer to home for new mothers in North Wales with severe mental health issues

New and expectant mothers from North Wales needing specialist hospital care for severe mental health problems will be able to access treatment closer to home, when a new mother and baby unit opens its doors next year.

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