Enhanced safety measures for workers on mobile elevating work platforms

Willmott Dixon is rolling out a new harness-based technology on its construction projects that it says will provide an even safer working environment for everyone using a boom-type mobile elevating work platform (MEWP).

Senior appointments at Community Health Partnerships

Community Health Partnerships has appointed two new Non-Executive Directors to its Board – Pete Cornforth and Eric Guillaume – for a three-year term.

North View to be England’s first ‘all-electric’ mental health unit

North View, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH)’s new mental health unit currently under construction in North Manchester, will be England’s first all-electric mental health unit when it opens in 2024, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust says.

Buildings need to be made to work better ‘for social and economic reasons’

Buildings should be made to work better for social and economic reasons; not just to meet safety and climate change goals, according to the President of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

Six-storey eating disorders clinic open in Harley Street

Orri, a specialist clinic in London’s Harley Street Medical Area, has opened a new day treatment facility on Wimpole Street for patients seeking support for eating disorders.

OCS announces first ‘bolt-on’ acquisition under the ownership of CD&R

In what it describes as ‘a strategic acquisition and a significant milestone’ for the business, OCS, the global facilities service provider, has acquired Accuro, ‘a UK provider of business-critical facilities management services to the education and healthcare sectors’.

Green Plans: progress and pitfalls examined

As the time comes for many NHS Trusts to update their Green Plans, in line with the NHS’s concerted drive towards a Net Zero carbon service, how many are on track to deliver their stated objectives?

Planners’ go-ahead for Dorset County Hospital development

Plans to develop the Dorset County Hospital (DCH) site in Dorchester – including building a brand-new Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit – have been approved by Dorset Council.

Archus’s continuing role in NHS estates guidance

Healthcare infrastructure specialist, Archus, has been re-appointed as the lead supplier to NHS England for the delivery of the next phase of the NHS Estates Technical Standards and Guidance Programme.

Bagpiper leads guests at Derbyshire topping-out

Integrated Health Projects (IHP), the joint venture between VINCI Building and Sir Robert McAlpine, celebrated the topping-out of the Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s new mental health facilities in Chesterfield and Derby early in October.

Research prompts launch of re-designed en-suite door

Yewdale says its latest anti-ligature en-suite door, SafeDoor Connect, is designed to offer the high quality that its original SafeDoor provides, but with repositioned magnets fixed to the door rather than being hidden in the door’s hinge – ‘to ensure zero risk of service-users accessing the magnets’.

Modular build specialist expands in Ireland as it targets healthcare sector growth

The expansion of global modular building specialist, Volumetric Building Companies, continues with the opening of its first operation in Ireland, which it says will be an international centre of excellence for MMC to serve Irish, UK, European, and global markets.

Lexica’s Property Consultancy team strengthens North West presence

Lexica, a specialist consultancy supporting health and life sciences organisations in the UK and internationally, has appointed Yogesh Luhar as Associate Director to its Property Consultancy team.

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’

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