NEWS Abusy year for the Network’sWorkstreams

Speaking at the Design in Mental Health Network’s 2018 AGM at October’s Healthcare Estates 2018 event in Manchester, the DiMHN’s chair, Jenny Gill, explained that all the DiMHN Workstreams had had a very busy year. She said: “This year have a new ‘International’ Workstream – headed up by Alessandro Caruso, while the Stakeholder Engagement workstream has been busy; at the time of writing, the Stakeholder Engagement Toolkit, the third in our series of ‘Design with People in Mind’ booklets, is set for launch. Outlining a series of tools to assist in fully engaging with the Stakeholder Groups, the booklet should be essential reading for anyone planning or involved with a project.” The Testing & Innovation Workstream had been working with the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and holding several workshops to progress the development of draft guidance for standards in mental health product design which, it was hoped, would be circulated for consultation soon.

The NAPICU joint venture Workstream had started work on a project on seclusion with NAPICU, while the Conference Committee had again assisted in creating a successful, interesting, and exciting, two-day event at the National Motorcycle Museum. This year the annual conference, exhibition, and dinner will move to Coventry’s Ricoh Arena. The Conference Group for 2019 comprises Jenny Gill,

New Board member’s extensive experience

Following the retirement ‘by rotation’ of Russell Hogarth, Clive Stone, and Cath Lake, as directors of the Design in Mental Health Network during 2018, Jenny Gill reported at the Network’s 2018 AGM in Manchester in October that while the latter two individuals had been re-elected, a new member had been elected to the Board.

Jonathan Campbell FCIOB, FIHEEM, MAPM, CBIFM, MIHM, is a professionally Chartered associate director of Capital Development at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, with over 20 years’ experience of mental health, acute, and community services. Previous roles include spells as head of Estates and Facilities at NHS Digital, director of Capital, Estates & Facilities at

the West London Mental Health NHS Trust, chair of the Greater Manchester Branch of the Chartered Institute of Building, and head of Capital Projects and Design at the Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust.

The DiMHN said: “Jonathan is a firm believer in how important the environment is for recovery, and that safe,

robust, and secure environments must also be therapeutic and healing. As part of his role at Greater Manchester Mental Health, he is working closely with the neighbouring mental health Trust to develop an estate strategy that captures all of the mental health requirements for Greater Manchester, which will require significant investment over the next 15 years and beyond.”

‘Stylish’ charger with inbuilt diagnostics

Pinpoint, the designer and manufacturer of personal alarm systems, has launched a new charger station with ‘designer styling’ for its Personal Infrared Transmitters (PIT). The ‘Energizer Station CT’ for Perpetual PITs, the second-generation model of Pinpoint’s Energizer series, is designed specifically to ‘energise’ or recharge the supercapacitor in a Perpetual PIT. Up to two PITs can be connected at the same time. A full recharge can be achieved in under 20 seconds, during which a diagnostic scan of the PIT


is also run. Once the PITs are connected, simply touching the large orange touch pad starts the charging and diagnostic process. Using a ‘traffic light’ system, the LEDs illuminate and change from solid yellow to flashing yellow to indicate that the process is underway. Green LEDs signal a successful recharge and a fully operational PIT. If the LEDs stay illuminated in yellow, or turn red, the Energizer has detected a problem, and the PIT should be disconnected and submitted for repair.


Jeff Bartle, Jonathan Campbell, Wendy de Silva, representing Architects for Health, Chris Dzikiti, representing NAPICU, Katharine Lazenby, an ‘expert-by- experience’, Dr Faisal Sethi, Russell Burnham, and Richard Walker. Jenny Gill closed by ‘thanking a few people – firstly our Members, without whose continued support and contributions we would not exist’. She said: “Thanks are due also to Joe Forster, who continues to raise the DiMHN’s profile, and to support and advance our progress, and to my Board colleagues, for their hard work, support, and contributions in so many ways, both to the Network and to me.” Three directors had retired ‘by rotation’ – Clive Stone, Cath Lake, and Russell Hogarth. The election process had been completed in September, with interviews led by Joe Forster. The President in turn thanked Jenny Gill and Treasurer, Clive Stone (pictured with Jenny Gill), ‘for all their extremely valuable work behind the scenes’.

A smart choice of doorset for Kent PICU refurb

Kent & Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust has selected Kingsway Group’s Smart doorsets for a 10-bedded PICU refurbishment project at Willow Suite, Little Brook Hospital, in Dartford.

The company explained: “The Smart doorsets will replace outdated Wi-Fi standalone access control locks with the centrally controlled and monitored Smart doorset solution, which provides a full real-time audit trail, along with ligature monitoring on the door, to provide the most up-to-date solution available.”

Kingsway Group will work with contractor, Bryen & Langley, to deliver the project, and says it is ‘looking forward to completing the work later this year’.

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