Contemporary design for challenging spaces

Pineapple Contracts has released four new products targeted at ‘challenging environments’.

One operation to open multiple locks

Designer and manufacturer of anti-ligature products, Intastop, has added to its range of removable doorstops with its SecuraStop Multi Point DoorStop where one operation opens multiple locks.

Chubb Community Care becomes approved provider

Chubb Community Care, part of Chubb Fire & Security Ltd, has been awarded a place on a significant framework agreement with ESPO, a public sector-owned professional buying organisation, to deliver the latest technology-driven care solutions to organisations throughout the UK.

Help for those with a learning disability

Local plans to ‘transform care for people with a learning disability and/or autism’ have been published by NHS England, ‘backed by millions of pounds of dedicated funding’.

Programme launched to help new or expectant mothers

The NHS has launched a programme that it says will ‘each year help an extra 30,000 new or expectant mums who experience serious mental ill health’.

Mental health research gets £70 m DH funding

The Department of Health is to put £816 million in funding into research into key areas including mental health, dementia, and antimicrobial resistance.

Funding success for autism-related project

The University of Cumbria has received £70,000 in funding from the CRH Charitable Trust towards ‘a unique research project’ which will investigate the issues of autism and the criminal justice system.

Recovery-centred care at Wellesley House

A new low secure mental healthcare facility just outside Wellington near Taunton is now complete, say the architects, P+HS, who have been working closely with developer, Montpelier Estates, to deliver Wellesley Hospital, which will provide ‘high quality, recovery-centred care’ for a range of users.

New staff strengthen UK sales team

A manufacturer of products ‘designed to protect doors, people, and places’, has strengthened its field sales team with the appointment of three new area sales managers.

Ancora House, Countess of Chester Health Park Completed

A new £14 million ‘state-of-the-art’ CAMHS facility in Chester has been completed. Ancora House, located on the Countess of Chester Health Park, will provide Tier 4 inpatient and day patient care for children and young people with severe and/or complex mental health conditions ‘beyond the remit of community services’.

Award-winning shower valve from Australia

The new GalvinCare Anti-Ligature Shower Control Valve with Electronic Activator – winner of the Product Innovation of the Year Award at May’s Design in Mental Health 2016 Awards – was designed to provide service-users and patients with an easy-to-use way to activate and control a shower, ‘while providing the anti-ligature and vandal-resistant features needed in mental healthcare environments’.

Fire detection system ‘app’ launched

Apollo Fire Detectors has launched a new mobile ‘app’ for iOS and Android devices to help users ensure compliance with BS 5839-1 rules and regulations when installing fire detection and notification devices.

Intastop extends BIM library

With the mandate for the use of Level 2 Building Information Modelling on public sector projects now in force, Intastop has seen ‘a noticeable rise’ in downloads of its ‘BIM-responsive data’, and has accordingly expanded its library to include its ‘IVision’ vision panel and ‘unique’ Door Top Alarm.

‘Breakthrough’ access control system

At last month’s IFSEC International 2016 event in London, UK biometric face recognition system specialist, Aurora, unveiled a claimed ‘world-first’ in access control technology – a system that allows registered users to open doors simply by looking at a sensor, with no need for additional verification such as tokens, cards, or PINs.

Supportive design features for Ayrshire facility

Woodland View, a £46 million adult acute mental health and community facility in Irvine in Ayrshire, has opened its doors to service-users.

Thames Lodge’s extensive outdoor space

Thames Lodge, a new £60 million mental health building at St Bernard’s Hospital, Ealing, designed by David Morley Architects, and built by Kier, has opened.

DIMHN and NAPICU to co-produce new PICU design guidance

At May’s Design in Mental Health Network 2016 conference at the National Conference Centre in Solihull, the Design in Mental Health Network (DIMHN) and the National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care and Low Secure Units (NAPICU) announced that they would be working together to create new design guidance for psychiatric intensive care units.

Go-ahead for Nottingham young people’s unit

Nottinghamshire Healthcare’s proposed £21 m new unit for Children, Young People and Families has received planning permission from Nottingham City Council.

Service-users help design welcoming interiors

Service-users have created poetry, inspired artworks, and helped to design the interior of Thames Lodge, a new Medium Secure Unit at St Bernard’s Hospital in West London which opened in February 2016.

‘Dementia-friendly’ toilet seats for Daisy Hill

Wallgate has worked closely with Bradford District Care Trust’s architect, DLA Freeman White, to introduce a new range of ‘dementia-friendly’ colours for anti-ligature fixed toilet seats for the award-winning new Dementia Assessment Unit centre at Daisy Hill House in Bradford.