Designing better mental healthcare facilities


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’.

Kohler expands distributor partnership with WB Power Services

Following the success of its authorised distributer partnership with Kohler, WB Power Services has announced the expansion of the arrangement, which now gives the critical power provider exclusive rights to service all data centres in England, Scotland, and Wales.

Integrated door alarm activation and annunciation system launched

Two leading manufacturers and suppliers of patient safety products specifically designed for mental health and challenging environments have joined forces to develop an integrated door alarm activation and annunciation system.

Water Kinetics announces ‘strategic partnership’ with press-fit specialist

The award-winning pipework manufacturing company, Water Kinetics, has announced a ‘strategic supply partnership’ with the SANHA group, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of press fit-pipe systems.

Government announces £160 m dementia fund

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has launched a new ‘national mission’ to tackle dementia as he doubled research funding in memory of the late Dame Barbara Windsor.

Environmental strategy launched at low-carbon Orkney hospital

A new national strategy aimed at making the country’s NHS environmentally sustainable has been launched at Scotland’s first low-carbon new-build hospital by Scottish Health Secretary, Humza Yousaf.

University’s new midwifery suite ‘at the cutting edge of maternity care’

The mental wellbeing of women throughout their pregnancy and beyond is at the heart of a multi-million-pound centre at the University of Sunderland, which will ‘educate the next generation of midwives’.

New Hospital Programme hosting ‘Industry Day’ to encourage participation

The New Hospital Programme (NHP) is hosting an ‘Industry Day’ on Tuesday 20 September at the Vox Conference Venue, Resorts World, Birmingham, ‘to outline how businesses across the supply chain can play a role in the biggest hospital building programme in a generation’.

Parr FM secures place on NHS SBS hard FM framework

UK-wide facilities management company Parr Facilities Management has announced its ‘continued success supporting the healthcare sector across the UK’ after being named as a supplier on the NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) ‘second-generation’ Hard Facilities Management framework agreement.

Work to start in October on West Midlands older adult unit

Construction work will commence in October for a new-build inpatient unit at Dorothy Pattison Hospital, part of Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, following NHS England/Improvement (NHSE/I) approval of the Full Business Case.

Planning approval for new-build Highgate facility

Hunters Architects’ healthcare team has won planning permission for a new Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service (MHCAS) for the Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust.

'Immersive experience' launched to 'calm and de-stress' London commuters

A new ‘immersive mindfulness experience’ designed and created by Pixel Artworks, ‘Room to Breathe’, opened in London on 25 July.

An international perspective on common issues

The Design in Mental Health Network has recently launched, and highlighted at its 2022 Conference in Coventry in June, the seventh in its series of Design With People in Mind booklets.

Planning green light for Bexhill inpatient facility

Planning permission has been granted to Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to build a new 54-bed mental health hospital on a site in Mount View Street, Bexhill-on-Sea, to replace outdated services at the Department of Psychiatry in Eastbourne.

Rockwool creates ‘UK’s lowest lambda stone wool’

As pressure mounts on the construction industry to deliver more thermally efficient buildings while preserving high standards of fire and acoustic performance, Rockwool has launched NyRock technology.

New North Manchester mental health unit name unveiled

On the NHS’s 74th Anniversary (5 July), Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH), announced that the name of its major new inpatient mental health unit to be constructed at North Manchester General Hospital will be ‘North View’.

NHSPS publishes three-year ‘Green Plan’

NHS Property Services (NHSPS) has today (21 June) published its first three-year Green Plan, ‘to transform estates to mitigate the impact of climate change, and drive the NHS to achieve Net Zero carbon status by 2040’.

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