Designing better mental healthcare facilities


Arco launches ‘responsible workwear’ with ‘fully traceable supply chain’

UK safety company, Arco, says its new ‘responsible workwear’ range comprises a new line of garments ‘made to last, ethically sourced, and produced with a fully traceable supply chain’.

Archus establishes first Welsh office in Swansea

Specialist healthcare infrastructure consultancy, Archus, has established its first office in Wales.

New NHSPS appointee will ‘build key customer relationships’

NHS Property Services (NHSPS) has appointed Jackie Ducker as its Chief Customer Officer. Joining the NHSPS Executive Board this month from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) – where she was Executive director for Customer and Product – she brings significant executive-level expertise in building key customer relationships, and business growth and improvement, as well as extensive leadership in customer experience.

COVER STORY: Mental health construction has evolved

Over the last decade, mental health construction has seen a remarkable transformation, with innovative new approaches making facilities safer, more comfortable, and tailored to individual needs. From anti-ligature measures to personalised bedrooms, the focus has shifted towards providing patient-centred care in a calming, supportive environment.

Care closer to home for new mothers in North Wales with severe mental health issues

New and expectant mothers from North Wales needing specialist hospital care for severe mental health problems will be able to access treatment closer to home, when a new mother and baby unit opens its doors next year.

Hill Dickinson appoints new head of Health Real Estate

Health law firm, Hill Dickinson, has announced the appointment of real estate Partner James Atkins, who joins the firm’s Leeds office as its National head of Health Real Estate.

Retrofit failure’ could spark new energy crisis, warns BESA

A collective failure to retrofit commercial buildings to meet Net Zero targets threatens to ignite a new energy crisis, says the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

A ‘sheltered retreat’ for Dorset’s new specialist eating disorder unit

Sited in a protected wooded glade, Kimmeridge Court at St Ann’s Hospital in Poole has – say its architects, Medical Architecture – been carefully crafted to preserve the quality of its natural setting and ‘create a uniquely private and therapeutic environment for the treatment of patients with eating disorders’.

Adjustable washbasins designed for accessible bathrooms

In any accessible bathroom, space is key, and with its new height and sideways adjustable MATRIX washbasin, Pressalit says that ‘creating space quickly and hygienically has just got easier’.

Combined wayfinding and tracking solution launched

RFiD Discovery, a provider of identification and location tracking solutions, has partnered with BuzzStreets, an award-winning indoor navigation platform provider, to offer a combined wayfinding and asset tracking solution for healthcare providers.

Experience ‘live’ 3D construction printing ‘in real time’

COBOD, a global manufacturer of 3D construction printers, says its new ‘Virtual Reality (VR) solution ‘for 3D construction printing allows potential customers to experience live 3D construction printing in real time, ‘right in front of their eyes in virtual reality’.

Tour will raise awareness of human-centric lighting’s importance

Leading lighting company, Glamox, is embarking on a tour of European cities to raise awareness with lighting designers, consultants, and architects, of the benefits of human-centric lighting (HCL) inside professional buildings.

Modular NHS outpatient facility successfully delivered at King’s College Hospital

A new ‘state-of-the-art’, modular outpatient facility has been completed at King’s College Hospital in London, and has opened to the public.

New CEO’s ‘integrity and incisiveness’

Centre for Mental Health has announced the appointment of Andy Bell – who it says has ‘played a fundamental role in driving change in mental health’ during his 20 years with the Centre – as its new Chief Executive.

'Discreet’ staff attack alert system for Staffordshire inpatient facility

Seeking a high-performance staff attack alert system that would prevent violence toward staff members, while not causing undue noise and disruption on the ward, staff at Smallwood Manor, a tier 4 hospital in North Staffordshire offering specialist inpatient support to young people experiencing mental health disorders, have specified Pinpoint’s award-winning staff safety system.

Engineering profession is too slow in developing a true culture of inclusion, says RAE report

Engineering culture in the UK needs to accelerate its drive to become more inclusive if the UK is to continue to be a key player in the global race for engineering skills, says a new report from the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE).

Resource Centre for local community opens at Fulbourn Hospital

A new Resource Centre has been opened at Fulbourn Hospital in Cambridge to provide the local community with ‘a modern and sustainable healthcare hub tailored to the needs of patients and staff members’.

CCC report highlights a ‘striking lack of climate preparation from Government’

A ‘striking lack of climate preparation from Government’, and ‘fully credible’ planning for climate change apparent in just five of the 45 adaptation outcomes examined in the publication, are highlighted by the Climate Change Committee (CCC) as its publishes its latest report on England’s adaptation progress today (Wednesday 29 March).

Guide to car park surfacing and structural issues

Waterproofing and surfacing specialist, Triflex has put together a guide, Solutions for failing asphalt, for multi-storey car parks.

Planning approval for Grange University Hospital’s new mental health treatment centre

A new, 73-bed specialist inpatient service unit (SISU) for mental health treatment at Grange University Hospital in Cwmbran, designed by Arcadis IBI, has received planning approval.

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