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‘Dementia-friendly’ demonstration home opened

A new ‘dementia-friendly’ home has been developed jointly by leading building science research centre, BRE, and Loughborough University experts, at the BRE Innovation Park in Watford, ‘to help educate housebuilders, carers, and relatives on how to better support those living with dementia’. Formally opened by Lord Richard Best OBE DL, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Housing & Care for Older People, the 100 m2 Victorian house has been adapted to cater for different types and stages of dementia, and is aimed at allowing sufferers to live independently. The upper floor been adapted for the more advanced stages of dementia.

'Homestead formation' for new rural Omagh facility

With its height, whitewashed walls, slate-clad appearance, and rural setting all combining to lend it a homely domestic feel, at first glance the new Rathview Mental Health Facility in Omagh is perhaps not what you would expect. “In fact,” say its architects, Todd Architects, ‘it would be hard to know it was a healthcare building at all.” Rathview, completed in April this year for the Western Health and Social Care Trust by main contractor, P&K McKaigue, was carefully designed ‘to break down traditional, preconceived ideas of mental health facilities, offering a fresh, residential approach in a peaceful countryside setting’.

Strategic estates partnership for south Devon Trust

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust (TSDFT) has announced that it is to enter into a ‘50:50 strategic estates partnership and joint venture’ with Health Innovation Partners ‘to support the development of its estate and delivery of the community’s ambitious estates strategy’. Morgan Sindall said: “This flexible, non-exclusive partnership is for an initial 15 years, and follows a successful public procurement and competitive dialogue process. This joint venture approach allows the Trust and care model partners to draw on the commercial expertise of Health Innovation Partners, and its parent companies, Arcadis and Morgan Sindall Investments.

Integrated care centre opens as NHS marks 70th birthday

Hull’s new Jean Bishop Integrated Care Centre (ICC) opened in July during the week the NHS celebrated its 70th birthday. Architect, Medical Architecture, says one of the centre’s key goals is to ‘transform lives for the elderly’ in Hull – by providing out-of-hospital care, while reducing unnecessary hospital admissions, ‘enabling enables residents to keep fit, healthy, and living independently, in their own homes’.

Ascom rolls out smartphones for ‘300+' doctors at Royal Bolton

Ascom UK is deploying hundreds of its Myco smartphones to enable on-call doctors at the Royal Bolton Hospital to better care for seriously ill patients at night and over weekends. Initially, 30 handheld Myco smart devices are being used by on-call doctors and night nurse practitioners to triage emergencies across the hospital’s medical, surgical, and orthopaedics wards – the first phase in a phased rollout of 303 Ascom smartphones, part of an electronic observations project to ‘deliver time-critical alerts’ to clinical teams across Bolton NHS Foundation Trust.
‘Co-production’ in mental healthcare delivery

‘Co-production’ in mental healthcare delivery

‘Co-production’ in the design and delivery of mental healthcare was the central theme at an evening event held in June at london’s Dragon Café in Borough, reports DIMHN President, Joe Forster, who attended.
DH-endorsed ‘interactive’ healthcare ‘colour palettes’ launched

DH-endorsed ‘interactive’ healthcare ‘colour palettes’ launched

In support of this year’s Dementia Action Week – the Alzheimer’s Society’s annual awareness campaign which ‘asks everyone to take actions big and small to improve the lives of people affected by dementia’, Dulux Trade launched its new ‘evidencebased’ Healthcare Colour Palette as part of its commitment ‘to ensure that all healthcare environments are as dementiafriendly as possible’.
Evidence-based guide to making sound choices

Evidence-based guide to making sound choices

last May’s launch – at DIMH 2017 – of the first in what the DIMHN intends will be a series of concise but informative evidence-based guides to improving various elements of the mental healthcare environment, was followed this May by the unveiling of a second publication, focusing this time on the impact of sound on all those using such spaces.

Stanley Security to partner Oxehealth

Stanley Security it to partner with software manufacturer, Oxehealth, ‘to supply advanced patient care and staff safety systems for the UK mental health sector’.
 ‘Hotel-feel’ for well-lit retirement ‘village’

‘Hotel-feel’ for well-lit retirement ‘village’

H igh levels of natural light and ventilation |are the hallmarks of Tree Top Village in Newcastle, a retirement village ‘with an inspirational design’ that roof window supplier, Velux says ‘achieves its goal’ through extensive use of Velux Modular Skylights.
Pinpoint system addresses staff safety problem

Pinpoint system addresses staff safety problem

The failure of a personal safety alarm system to live up to the supplier’s promises has seen care home operator, Millennium Care, replace it with a Pinpoint Staff Personal Safety Alarm System at its Sunnyborough facility near Goole in yorkshire, a specialised care home for adults with conditions ranging from autism to learning difficulties, and with ‘very complex needs and extremely challenging backgrounds’.

VR therapy with ’90% success rates’

A psychology clinic on London’s Harley Street claims to be ‘pioneering the way for virtual reality (VR) to be used to treat a range of mental health issues’.
Collaboration sees ‘world’s first smart fire door’

Collaboration sees ‘world’s first smart fire door’

Fire door manufacturer, Firedoors, says its recent collaboration with alarm management specialist, Drax Technology, has resulted in the development of ‘the world’s first smart fire door’.
 A window to collaborative design

A window to collaborative design

Safehinge Primera has opened a new ‘Design & and Innovation Studio’ at its Blackpool office.
Bringing natural light indoors

Bringing natural light indoors

At May’s Design in Mental Health 2018 exhibition, Sutton-headquartered Designplan lighting showed its Basilica Tuneable White luminaire – designed to mimic circadian rhythm, and thus to help speed recovery, particularly in inpatient settings.
Fire detector for ‘high-risk’ environments

Fire detector for ‘high-risk’ environments

Apollo Fire Detectors has launched a new, ‘unique’ low-profile fire detector – Soteria Dimension, which uses new optical sensing technology ‘in the form of a virtual sensing chamber’ that operates on the light-scatter principle.
Door top alarm still maintains patient privacy

Door top alarm still maintains patient privacy

A survey by the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) which found that, on specific doors, ‘there were high risks associated with the attachment of ligatures, primarily over door tops’, has seen the Trust opt for what supplier, Intastop, says is ‘a recognised and highly acclaimed solution’.
Security solutions range strengthened

Security solutions range strengthened

The COBS personal security range of products is now available from Atus Systems, strengthening its range of both personal and staff security solutions.
Current spending far too low, report claims

Current spending far too low, report claims

Current mental health spending would likely need to double to take the number of people with mental health problems receiving NHS treatment from 40 per cent to 70 per cent, according to a new funding report.

World’s first ‘design school’ for dementia held

People with dementia and a supporter were able to work together with design experts to learn the skills needed to become more involved in the process of designing dementia inclusive environments at what is claimed to have been the world’s first design school for people with dementia, held at Birmingham’s Crowne Plaza Hotel last month.

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