Worcestershire Hospitals improve care for patients with learning disabilities and mental health problems

Nine new Learning Disability and Mental Health Nurses, who will work across wards at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch and Worcestershire Royal Hospital, joined Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust on September 25 in a move that the Trust describes as "innovative".

A window to even greater success

Crittall Holdings has acquired the trade and assets of Fendor – the Washington, Tyne and Wear-based manufacturer of high security, ballistic, and ‘bomb-proof’ fenestration, which also supplies windows used in custodial and mental health institutions and the petrochemical industry.

Sir Robert McAlpine selected for £50 million construction deal

NTW Solutions (a subsidiary of Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust) has selected Sir Robert McAlpine as its preferred delivery partner for a five-year strategic partnership expected to generate at least £50 m of construction turnover through a range of minor and major capital works.

Official opening for Hull ‘sanctuary’

A sanctuary for people in serious emotional distress in Hull was formally opened in mid-May at an event described as a ‘watershed moment’ for mental health services in Hull and East Riding.

‘Domestic aesthetic’ for eating disorders unit

Pensher Skytech has supplied its Skytech Lite window unit for the new 2 Warwick Road eating disorder clinic in High Barnet, North London, which required a specialist antiligature solution that maximised natural light ingress and access to entilation.

‘Dementia-friendly’ demonstration home

Construction of a ‘dementia-friendly’ home designed to help researchers learn about supporting those living with the condition will begin on the BRE Innovation Park at Garston near Watford this Autumn.

Design Review Panel’s 80 years’ experience

Manufacturer of anti-barricade doorsets, vision panels, and hardware for mental healthcare use, the Kingsway Group, says its recently established Design Review Panel (‘DRP’) – comprising individuals with a variety of expertise from clinical, estates and facilities, capital projects, and nursing backgrounds – plays a valuable part by ‘critiquing its designs’ prior to a product’s commercial launch.

‘Massive’ mural’s American feel

Patients, staff, and volunteers, at a secure hospital for people with mental illnesses in Hull have painted a ‘massive mural’ of an American diner on its walls.

Evidence-based inpatient design guide

A concise but informative evidence-based guide to how elements such as high quality personal space, some control over the environment, suitable therapeutic facilities, access to nature, attractive aesthetics, and good acoustics, can significantly aid recovery in inpatient mental health settings, has been published by the Design in Mental Health Network (DIMHN).

Basins and fittings designed to combat infection

Armitage Shanks has launched two ‘innovative healthcare solutions’ designed to help in the fight against infection in healthcare facilities.

Danfloor’s carpet collection is ‘Evolving’

After ‘substantial investment into revolutionary technology’, and design collaboration with its parent company Ulster Carpets, supplier of carpets to the healthcare sector, Danfloor UK, is due to launch two new collections.

Showing the way

Architectural consultancy, Michael Hall Associates, selected Zeta Specialist Lighting’s Ecolux Solar LED trough lighting system, which is ‘entirely powered by solar’, to illuminate a newly designed wayfinding system at Bradford’s Lynfield Mount Hospital.

TB+A’s Investors in People success

UK-based engineering design consultancy and DIMHN member, Troup Bywaters + Anders (TB+A), has become only the third construction industry organisation globally to be awarded the Platinum standard by Investors in People (IiP).

‘Clear momentum’ behind programme

A report recently published by NHS England outlining the progress made in the first year of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health sets out which areas are beginning to see improved access to care, and outlines examples of good local practice.

Wireless system for The Retreat

Multitone Electronics has installed its EkoTek staff protection and patient alert system at The Retreat, a charitable, not-forprofit specialist mental healthcare provider in York, which offers services for people with complex and challenging needs.

Fire door code of practice revised

BSI, the business standards company, has revised the BS 8214 Code of practice for fire door assemblies.

Charity’s £10,000 grant to garden project

The Masonic Charitable Foundation is donating a £10,000 grant to a new therapeutic gardens project at Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield, which will see two gardens at the hospital’s Highlands Wing transformed.

Lord Carter leading review of community and mental health Trusts

NHS Improvement said in February it had commenced its review into community and mental health Trusts, ‘building on the approach of the Carter Report on operational productivity and performance in NHS acute hospitals’.

Cameras with no ligature point

UK security manufacturer, ITS Products, has released new stainless steel versions of its high security CMD cameras; they are now available in a choice of finishes and as an IP or analogue unit.

A ‘new chapter’ of specification

The latest version of Bristan’s specification brochure provides comprehensive information on its ‘tailored collection’ of taps, showers and accessories – including for healthcare – and enables users to search for items by product type or specialist sector.