Designing better mental healthcare facilities


Government strategy highlights value of FM, says BESA

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has welcomed the government’s first comprehensive strategy for facilities management (FM).

FWP delivers inspiring CAMHS facility in Stockport

An ‘inspiring new home’ for child and adolescent mental health services in Stockport delivered by architects, FWP, has opened its doors to young people and families at a special ceremony.

Archus strengthens leadership team as part of ambitious growth plans

Healthcare infrastructure specialist, Archus, has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of Shane Dineen (pictured) as managing director, and Victoria Head as Commercial and Performance director.

Assa Abloy Opening Solutions launches ‘revolutionary’ BIM mobile app

Assa Abloy Opening Solutions UK & Ireland has launched its new Openings Studio Mobile App, which it says ‘allows users to manage buildings as a holistic system’.

NHS waiting lists won’t fall unless we fix ventilation’, campaigners say

The first ever World Ventilation Day ( earlier this week (on 8 November) highlighted what the proponents say is ‘the growing public health crisis linked to poorly ventilated buildings’.

Training to support those caring for people with a learning disability and autism

Following a long campaign, The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism has been launched to assist health and care staff caring for, and supporting, people with a learning disability and autistic people.

Imtech signs agreement to acquire SPIE UK

Imtech, a UK technical services engineering group jointly owned by EDF and Dalkia, has announced the acquisition of technical engineering services provider, SPIE UK, subject to the fulfilment of customary conditions and regulatory approvals.

Scientists and engineers join forces to champion building ventilation

An international awareness campaign to promote ‘the critical role of better building ventilation’ in supporting health, wellbeing, and productivity, has been launched by a coalition of scientists, academics, engineering bodies, and environmental activists.

Key issues identified for those disproportionately affected by health inequalities

The findings of new research commissioned by NHS Property Services (NHSPS), and published today, 25 October, reveal what matters most to 10 different communities ‘disproportionately affected by health inequalities’ when they access and use repurposed NHS community spaces.

Next steps for Apollo Protocol to be revealed at live launch

The team behind The Apollo Protocol white paper, which calls for a common language across digital twins, are to reveal details of how they will begin to set up The Apollo Forum at a live streamed launch event on 25 October.

Over £800 million to boost innovation and growth, and improve patient safety

The Government has announced that over £800 million of funding, to be allocated by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), will go to support specialist research facilities bringing together scientists to create an environment where experimental medicine and patient safety research can thrive.

Framework will see electronic devices repaired

The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Commercial Procurement Services has awarded public sector specialist, Kingsfield IT, to its new National Framework Agreement, ‘to provide a sustainable and cost-effective method for extending the lifecycle of electronic devices to workers across the UK’.

New adult and older person’s mental health unit for Glan Clwyd

BAM has been asked by Betsi Cadwaladr University (BCU) Health Board to develop the detailed design for constructing a new inpatient adult and older persons’ mental health unit at Glan Clwyd Hospital near Rhyl in North Wales.

Final phase of Monkwearmouth Hospital redevelopment begins

Monkwearmouth Development (MDL) – a joint venture between Sir Robert McAlpine Capital Ventures (SRMCV) and Argon Property Development Solutions (APDS) – has been awarded the task of delivering a new entrance and ‘state-of-the-art’ office building at Monkwearmouth Hospital in Sunderland.

First new mental health ward at Worcester Royal Hospital opens

The £400 million nation-wide ‘dormitory elimination’ initiative is making progress in Worcestershire, as the programme strives to improve the quality of mental health wards in hospitals.

NTH Solutions launches ‘intelligent thermostat’ to help Trusts meet Net Zero carbon targets

As the NHS works towards being carbon-neutral by 2045, NTH Solutions, an NHS subsidiary of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, has piloted an ‘intelligent thermostat’ – Coolnomix – that attaches to air-conditioning units to help improve their efficiency.

Work begins on £7 m autism unit at Brooklands Hospital

Willmott Dixon has begun construction of a new Autism Secure Unit at Brooklands Hospital in Marston Green, Birmingham, which it says is expected to be one of the top facilities of its kind once operational.

Private and public sectors collaborate to create young people’s inpatient unit

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Elysium Healthcare have come together in partnership to build and manage a new dedicated mental health inpatient unit for young people.

UK healthcare workers doubtful of receiving future mental health support

A global study by the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) suggests that UK healthcare practitioners are among the most doubtful of receiving mental health support in the future.

Making homes, premises, and public places more accessible to people living with dementia

Experts from the University of Stirling have created a new tool which they say was developed ‘to support families, businesses, and professionals, to make homes, premises, and public places, more accessible to an ageing population and those living with dementia’.

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