Designing better mental healthcare facilities


Door furniture is ‘antimicrobial to the core’

P-Wave, a specialist supplier of washroom air fresheners and antibacterial products, says its Steri-Core antimicrobial silver ion technology door furniture helps reduce the spread of bacteria and viruses.

Bespoke modular COVID-19 testing building contract ‘doubled’ to 50

The multi-million pound contract awarded to offsite construction specialists, Premier Modular, to provide bespoke modular buildings for COVID-19 testing has been doubled to 50 sites across the UK.

Nottingham scheme finds better homes and frees hospital beds

During the pandemic a health and housing scheme in Nottingham is, its proponents say, ‘showing the value of partnership work’ in helping residents find good quality housing that helps them stay healthy, and reduces unnecessary time in hospital.

Portable ‘smart device’ harnesses AI to combat loneliness

A British technology start-up focused on helping the elderly live more independently in their own home has received financial backing from the Government.

Over 100 key ‘transformational’ projects set for delivery

NHS Property Services has announced that over the next three years it will deliver over 100 key ‘transformational’ projects that will ‘make essential improvements to the healthcare estate for the benefit of patients, and healthcare professionals'.

Reducing ligature risk in mental healthcare settings

A webinar being held at 2 pm on Monday 26th October, 2020 will see Trevor Santer, Intastop’s National Sales Manager, highlight some of the research and collaboration that has seen the company develop its SECURA ‘Protecting People’ range.

PM confirms £3.7 billion for 40 hospitals in major building programme

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has confirmed that 40 hospitals will be built by 2030 as part of a package worth £3.7 billion, while the proponents of further eight schemes have been invited to bid for future funding.

Change of leadership and ‘re-shaping’ at Imtech

Imtech, jointly owned by EDF and Dalkia, has announced changes to its leadership and organisation as it ‘re-shapes’ to better meet the rapidly evolving market conditions across its business sectors and build on its diversified growth strategy.

Views sought on new Glan Clwyd inpatient unit

Plans for a new inpatient mental health unit in Denbighshire have gone on display to the public.

£10 m learning disability unit opens

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust has officially opened a new low secure Learning Disability Residential Unit at Tatchbury Mount in Calmore in Hampshire.

Manufacturers urged to digitise product data to reduce risk

A new initiative aims to get manufacturers in the construction industry to take ownership of their product information, with a series of articles being produced and manufacturers being encouraged to join a discussion group to share their views.

CIC launches Design Quality Indicator for Health 2

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has launched an updated version of its design quality evaluation tool, the Design Quality Indicator for Health 2 (DQIfH2).

Mammoth-sized Safevents chosen for St Ann’s Hospital redevelopment

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust have chosen the latest iteration of Britplas’ Safevent window for the new buildings at St Ann’s Hospital in Haringey as part of a significant redevelopment project at the site.

Mersey Care takes ownership of new Rowan View MSU on Merseyside

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust has taken ownership of the keys for Rowan View, its new ‘state-of-the art' medium secure unit on the Maghull Health Park on Merseyside.

First female winner of regional construction study award

Claire Ryan, an Estates officer at mental health / disability services provider, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, has become the first female winner of a regional award which recognises her commitment to the study of construction.

A successful Digital Week with an international flavour

With the 2020 Design in Mental Health Conference, Exhibition and Dinner postponed to November due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Design in Mental Health Network held a Digital Week from 8-12 June, comprising webinars presented by key sector experts.

Poole eating disorders unit gets planning permission

A new Eating Disorders Unit in Poole providing specialist eating disorders care to the population of Dorset and the South West of England has gained planning consent.

‘Multi-technology’ IoT location tracking platform

RFiD Discovery, part of Paragon ID, a provider of identification solutions, has partnered with geolocation specialist, Apitrak, to develop a ‘multi-technology’ cloud-hosted IoT platform ‘for the tracking of assets, inventory, and people’.

Product testing guidance will fill a key ‘gap’

With the safety of service-users in mental health inpatient units critical, and often affected by the products selected for the built environment, coupled with what it perceives as a lack, to date, of clear guidance on product selection, ‘or the ability to assess multiple options to improve such spaces’, the Design in Mental Health Network (DiMHN) has ‘partnered’ with the Building Research Establishment (BRE) to launch a new guidance document, Informed Choices: Testing Guidance for Products in Mental Health Facilities.

Sliding windows give ‘stunning results’ at new £13. 5 m Maidstone facility

Leading secure window provider for medical establishments, Crittall-Fendor, says it worked closely with the architects throughout the design phase of Cygnet Healthcare’s Cygnet Hospital Maidstone, supplying both its CleanVent and AlphaLine sliding windows for the £13.5 m facility. The low-level secure and rehabilitation unit, comprising four wards for up to 65 male and female patients, was designed by designed by Tangram Architects, a London-based practice specialising in facilities for medical and police services.

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