Product testing

targets to help manufacturers and product developers identify how best to best improve their offering over time.

A test by Tough Furniture demonstrated that its Tough Plus bed lives up to its name.

clinical teams to establish early on in a project what the key parameters are for their specific care pathways, and in turn use these parameters to assess and select a shortlist of products to investigate further. As part of the second phase of development, we will work with a core group of clinical, estates, and design experts to create some standard example arrangements for common user groups such as CAMHS, Medium Secure, PICU, or older age and dementia. The other benefit with a grading approach is that we can set ambitions beyond what is actually achievable today, placed as aspirational

FULL STEAM AHEAD We’ve settled on priorities. We’ve got a trusted partner, and our members are committed to helping. Over the past month or so we have pulled together a plan for bringing everything together, and, all being well, by November we will be sending out the first draft of the testing guidance. If that gets a good response, we should be rapidly moving towards establishing the testing and certification process with BRE, with a view to launching this mid-2019. That, of course, relies on continuing input from our Advisory Panels, who will be meeting at the BRE head office in Watford over the next few months to establish the requirements for the new tests. A lot of progress has been made, but the details are still to be finalised. Should you get involved? Yes! We’re looking to have estates and clinical staff, architects, contractors, and product manufacturers, involved. Without you, the standards might miss critical details. I want to thank everyone who has contributed so far and ask for your continued support – we’re within touching distance of delivering on this product standards testing workstream. Every time we discuss this particular workstream, we recognise the significance of its impact to the sector, delivering better recovery for service-users and safer environments for staff. I’m determined to ensure that it’s a real success. Thank you all.

Philip Ross

Philip Ross joined the DIMHN board in August 2014, and has taken an active role in developing the Network since then. During his first two years on the Board, he worked to create the commercial membership structure. A mechanical engineer with a background in Product Design Engineering from the University of Glasgow and the Glasgow School of Art, he is experienced in developing products and the testing processes and risk assessment procedures that are required with innovation. It is this expertise that resulted in him being selected to lead the Design in Mental Health Network’s Testing and Innovation workstream, beginning in 2016. He is also a director of Safehinge Primera, a leading product design company specialising in doorsets and locksets for mental healthcare.

n a sense of security

Red Alert staff attack systems have been protecting staff in the workplace from the threat of attack and abuse for more than 15 years.

The new Curo alarm transmitter gives staff the ‘sense of security’ that help can be quickly summoned, by the press of a button or the tug of a transmitter.

Response personnel are notified of a call for assistance by interfacing with radio paging equipment and indicator panels. With the technology being based on high-powered IR transmission, functionality, reliability and simplicity of use are key attributes of the Red Alert system.

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