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‘Unacceptably low’ spending on mental health

Mind has found that local authorities in England spend an average of just 1.36 per cent of their public health budget on mental health – despite having a remit to prevent both physical and mental health problems in the communities they serve.
Architect’s guide to aluminium in building

Architect’s guide to aluminium in building

A new specification guide to its portfolio of architectural aluminium glazing systems has been published by Kawneer.

First Scottish project for Medical Architecture

Medical Architecture has won its first commission in Scotland, that will see the relocation of NHS Borders’ Mental Health Rehabilitation unit.

Changes to the Network’s Board

At its AGM held at IHEEM’s Healthcare Estates 2016 event in Manchester in October, the Design In Mental Health Network announced the appointment of new members of the board of DIMHN.

Picture not improving, CQC survey suggests

People in England’s experiences of being cared for in the community for their mental health problems – ranging from depression to psychosis –had not improved since the publication of the corresponding report in 2015, the results of the Care Quality Commission’s Community Mental Health Survey 2016, published last November, revealed
Contemporary design for challenging spaces

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 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

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

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

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

‘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

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.

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