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User views play substantial part in product evolution

The Network’s editor, Jonathan Baillie, reports on a visit to Pineapple Contract Furniture’s highly impressive Aylesford office and manufacturing base in Kent. Here he discovered that fundamental to the company’s growing success in mental healthcare has been developing a range with a design, features, and ‘style’, that reflect the views, experience, and preferences, of both healthcare providers and service-users – for whom the quality of the furniture they encounter daily can ‘make or break’ the comfort and ambience of the care environment.

Complex project to create new Broadmoor Hospital

The £242 million redevelopment scheme to, as the West London Mental Health (WLMHT) NHS Trust puts it, ‘transport the 150-year old Broadmoor Hospital into the 21st century’ is progressing well, with the first patients due to move from the existing Victorian-built hospital to the new facilities later this year. As The Network’s editor, Jonathan Baillie, discovered during a visit to the construction site, the new buildings will provide single bedrooms with washroom facilities for 210 male patients, and space for 24 ‘flexible beds’, in light and airy modern accommodation, together with an extensive range of activities designed to speed recovery for patients receiving treatment at the high secure facility.

Multiple benefits for service-users and staff

Derek Quinn, technical manager at Pensher Skytech, which designs and manufactures bespoke, high specification blast-resistant doors, windows, curtain wall, and modular buildings, outlines the company’s approach to developing doors and windows that are not only well-designed, secure, robust, and innovatively engineered, but also help enhance the service-user environment, give service-users a degree of control, and help speed recovery. As he explains, all the products are exhaustively tested to ensure that they will stand the test of time and the rigours of even the most ‘extreme’ environments.

Bridging the mental and physical health gap

According to the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death, the failure to integrate physical and mental healthcare by hospitals means patients with mental health issues get poor care.

Dementia and design: facing the challenges

When the design and manufacturing team at Shackletons wanted to learn more about designing for people with dementia, they turned to industry expert Dr Claire Craig from Sheffield Hallam University for her advice and guidance

Continuous improvement – a force for change

Philip Ross, a director of both door safety specialist, Safehinge, and door hardware supplier, Primera Life (following Safehinge’s acquisition of Primera in November), examines the importance of continuous improvement of the products, architectural design, and technologies, used in the mental healthcare environment in creating modern, recovery-focused units.

Unused ward converted to high quality PICU

Construction of Lincolnshire’s first Psychiatric Intensive Care unit (PICU) is progressing well, with the facility, which will be housed within a converted unused ward building at Carholme Court on the old St George’s Hospital site in Lincoln, set to admit its first inpatients this summer. The Network’s editor, Jonathan Baillie reports.

Successful partnership aids local regeneration

Medical Architecture looks back on an 11-year partnership with a major north-east Englandbased mental healthcare NHS Trust, which has seen much of the latter’s estate transformed, and a number of its buildings winning coveted awards.

RFID-based system that meets multiple needs

Jerry Smith, director of Primera Life, a specialist designer and manufacturer of anti-ligature door and window hardware, explains how the company develops and manufactures tailor-made access control systems for a range of providers of community health, specialist mental health, and learning disability services. Balancing safety, security, and an anti-ligature design with pleasing aesthetics, the company’s products are designed to provide a range of benefits for service-users and staff alike.

Minimum disruption, maximum satisfaction

Philip Ross, commercial director at door, door hardware, and door safety specialist, Safehinge, explains – including via a look at a recent installation for Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust – how the company ensures that installations at client sites progress with the minimum disruption, thanks to ‘a meticulous and methodical design, testing, prototyping, and planning process’, and close working partnerships with service-users and staff.

Three sites,one vision for children

Barbara Miszkiel, a senior principal leading Specialty Healthcare in the Toronto office of Stantec, explains how the creativity and skills of the architectural practice and the wider design team were put to excellent use in the design of three new facilities for children with physical and development disabilities, communication disorders, and autism, created for Ontario’s ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development.

‘Home-from-home’ design for adolescent patients

David Rodgers, a project manager for St Andrew’s Healthcare, a leading UK charity that provides specialist mental healthcare, discusses the design and construction of FitzRoy House – a new £45 million inpatient building for young people at the organisation’s Northampton site, discussing the project, the brief, and the numerous benefits anticipated for the serviceusers who, from early next year, will be accommodated within Europe’s largest mental healthcare facility yet built for young people.

From ‘institutional’ to welcoming and therapeutic

In the opening keynote at May’s Design in Mental Health 2016 conference, Tom Cahill, CEO of the Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT), explained how, over the past 3-5 years, the Trust had put an ever-stronger focus on the quality of its buildings – wherever possible ‘de-institutionalising’ them – to improve the care and recovery environment, and centralised its services into fewer, purpose designed facilities. The Network’s editor, Jonathan Baillie, reports.

Former champion boxer delivers knockout performance

Former WBC World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Frank Bruno MBE – well-known since his retirement from the sport both for his charity work, and for his efforts to destigmatise mental health following his own diagnosis of bipolar disorder in 2003 – was the after-dinner speaker and award presenter at this year’s Design in Mental Health Awards. Held on 17 May – the first day of the 2016 Design in Mental Health conference and exhibition – the awards dinner saw over 250 guests gather at the National Conference Centre in Solihull to celebrate achievement in categories ranging from Project of the Year to Healthy Outdoor Lifestyle.

A complex engineering project at Chester CAMHS unit

Steven Hunt describes his company’s specialist design and provision of a comprehensive ‘package’ of building engineering services for a new CAMHS inpatient in Chester.

Service-user input key to St Bernard’s arts scheme

Jane Willis, director of Bristol-based Willis Newson, explains how the arts and health consultancy engaged service-users in decision-making around the art, interiors, colours, and furniture, for a new £60 million mental health building for the Medium Secure Unit at St Bernard’s Hospital in Ealing.

Reinvention, rather than make do and mend

Peter Stead and Cath Lake of P+HS Architects explain how, working with Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, they designed a new Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) within the existing Longley Centre at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital. As they explain, the decision to relocate the unit to the front of the centre, within the former CAMHS unit, provided ‘both opportunities and constraints’.

Farnham Road facility melds old and new

PM Devereux Architects has recently completed the design and procurement of a new 60-bed adult acute mental health facility for the Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SABPT) at its existing site in Farnham Road, Guildford. As senior healthcare director, Mark Carter, reports, a key element of the brief was to provide a service that de-stigmatises those suffering from a mental health illness.

Specification challenges in mental health examined

Jerry Smith, director of Primera Life, a UK company focused solely on the design and manufacture of anti-ligature door and window hardware, gives a personal viewpoint on some of the specific challenges in the process of mental health care specification. The company’s products are designed and produced in the UK, and used ‘in some of the most challenging healthcare environments’.

Dementia, designers, and dandelions

Garden designers, Debbie Carroll and Mark Rendell, from Step Change Design, carried out a research project in the care sector to answer a simple question, ‘Why aren’t care home gardens used more actively?’ As they explain, the answers found had little to do with the design of the outside spaces, and more to do with the complex phenomenon of care culture.