Designing better mental healthcare facilities


Refreshed’ vinyl flooring’s ‘beautifully balanced designs’

Forbo Flooring Systems has launched the ‘second generation’ of its premium homogeneous vinyl sheet collection, Sphera Energetic.

Comprehensive security system at Rowan View

Mersey Care Foundation Trust’s new medium secure unit, Rowan View, required a security system that would ensure the convenience and safety of all guests, visitors, and staff.

‘Borders and boundaries’ and their significance explained

A new Design in Mental Health Network guide to designing ‘with borders and boundaries in mind’ was unveiled on the first day of August’s DiMH 2021 conference and exhibition at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

Manchester multi-level inpatient unit part of wider Trust plans

Construction of one of the first multi-level inpatient mental health units in the north of England – the new 150-bedded Park House development at the North Manchester General Hospital site – is expected to start next January.

PPE decontamination solutions’ award shortlisting

Two solutions for decontaminating single-use and reusable personal protective equipment (PPE) used by healthcare staff during the COVID-19 pandemic have been shortlisted for the National Technology Awards.

UK’s ‘greenest health centre’ opens to patients in Coventry

A building described as ‘the UK’s greenest health centre built to meet Passivhaus certification’ – Foleshill Heath Centre in Coventry – has opened its doors to patients.

CPD focuses on ensuring access for all

GEZE UK’s RIBA-approved CPD, ‘Removing Barriers to Access’, has been ‘completely revised and updated’, and includes new visuals and updates to regulation, all in GEZE’s new branding.

Static Systems Group appoints new MD

Static Systems Group, the Midlands-headquartered manufacturer of of nurse call, fire alarm and prison alarm, staff attack alarm, and medical trunking systems, has announced the appointment of Rosie Cunningham Thomas as its new managing director.

Climate change ‘widespread, rapid, and intensifying’, says IPCC report

Scientists are observing changes in the Earth’s climate in every region and across the whole climate system, according to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.

New dementia e-Suite range heads Wallgate line-up in Coventry

At this year’s Design in Mental Health (DiMH) conference and exhibition, taking place from 24-25 August 2021 at the Coventry Building Society Arena, Wallgate will showcase its new dementia e-Suite range.

Improving the lives of autistic people

Improving the lives of autistic people focus of new multi-million pound strategy launched by the government in late July, which will run until 2026.

NHS has first female CEO in its history as Pritchard takes charge

Amanda Pritchard – for the past two years the service’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) – has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of NHS England.

Sodexo partnership to help prevent infection in healthcare settings

Sodexo has partnered with the Infection Prevention Society and the Tork professional hygiene brand, to launch an Environment, Cleaning and Decontamination programme to help infection prevention specialists tackle infections in healthcare settings.

NHS England proposes new mental health access standards

The NHS is set to take another major step towards improving patient access to mental health services with the introduction of five new waiting time guarantees, under plans recently set out.

APT Skidata launches ‘total parking solution’ for healthcare sector

CARE, a new 'solution' that the UK parking solutions business says will enable healthcare facilities – from hospital estates to single GP surgeries – to manage their own parking system simply and effectively, has been launched by API Skidata.

Ultra-low noise chiller installed at Craigavon hospital

An ultra-low noise CIAT chiller operating on lower global warming potential (GWP) R-32 refrigerant has been installed at the Craigavon Trauma and Orthopaedic Wing at Craigavon Area Hospital in Northern Ireland.

‘Pioneering’ cleaning strategy based on ‘scientific approach’

ISS Healthcare has commissioned a project that it says will ‘take a scientific and behavioural approach to healthcare cleaning, and drive the nation’s healthcare journey in our places that heal’.

PPE and other ‘critical equipment’ reliably disinfected

Mackwell Health, part of the Mackwell Group, has announced that it has partnered with Whitebox, a Swedish-based provider of surface and air disinfection solutions, to develop what the two companies say are ‘state of the art’ UV-C disinfection chamber

Improved ventilation essential to safe building use, engineers warn

Good ventilation inside public buildings and on transport systems is essential to reducing the risk of COVID-19 and other infections, a report published by the Royal Academy of Engineering and its National Engineering Policy Centre warns.

Intastop webinar will see anti-ligature solutions discussed

Intastop will deliver a keynote webinar to those with a professional / personal interest in the creation of safe and secure mental healthcare settings on 4 August at 2pm, in association with Mental Health Design & Build.

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