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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.


Securing the Future: funding health and social care to the 2030s – a report commissioned by the NHS Confederation – states that UK spending on healthcare will have to rise by an average of 3.3% a year over the next 15 years just to maintain provision at current levels, and by at least 4% a year if services are to be improved. The report, by


Sean Duggan.


the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Health Foundation, also puts forward a model under which 70 per cent of people with mental health problems receive treatment, which would see annual mental health funding levels need to more than double, to £32 billion by 2033-34 – from 9% of the health budget to around 12%. The IFS and the Health Foundation conclude that to fund a modernised NHS, including this mental health standard, a funding rise of at least 4 per cent per year for the next 15 years could be necessary. Sean Duggan, chief executive of the Mental Health Network, part


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. MD, Darren Swindlehurst, said: “Atus Systems is already synonymous with high- end personal and staff security systems. By adding diverse and multi-functional devices from COBS to our range, we aim to combine the best of both worlds and deliver the ultimate in staff security solutions to our customers. Whether a client needs a portable panic button, a DECT telephone, an all-in-one ‘smart’ cordless phone/messaging device, or all of these combined with location detection, then we have a system we can offer them.” Atus says COBS personal security


products are ‘designed to protect and secure staff’, and will typically be used in


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’. Intastop’s Door Top Alarm helps to prevent attempted suicide by detecting when weight is applied to the door top. Intastop explained: “This tamper-proof system can easily be retrofitted to existing doors, and works via a


discrete sensory pad installed at the top of a standard door; should a weight be applied, it will alert staff via a preferred method such as an audible alarm, visible light, staff indicator panel, or via a pager/main computer.” CWP provides inpatient and community mental health services for children, adults, and older people across Cheshire and Wirral. The survey by the Trust’s property management team focused on specific risks associated with en-suite doors and sourcing viable solutions that still provided both patient privacy and safety. Daniel Allmark, head of Capital and Property Management, said: “After assessing three different options – removal of en-suite doors, chamfered door tops, and a door top alarm, the CWP Health & Safety Well-being Sub Committee agreed that the Intastop Door Top Alarm would provide the most robust solution to managing ligature risk. We are now looking at a programme of installation for a number of areas, including adult acute, PICU, and low secure units.”


psychiatric hospitals, detention centres, and secure children’s homes. Darren Swindlehurst added: “The COBS range of handsets can alert the user with specific messages based on their location e.g. ‘Door Locked?’, and can send an alarm if they fall (man-down), or if the guard tour deviates from its normal route. All of this is in addition to having a staff alarm button, an assistance button, and the facility to make phone calls for help at any time.”


of the NHS Confederation, said: “It is well publicised that we are seeing a rise in the number of people needing treatment for mental health issues, and it was a welcome step for the Government to state its intention to put mental health on equal standing with physical health. If we are to really take mental health seriously, however, and not fail thousands of people in need of help, then one thing is crystal clear – investment must be found. “Nobody wants to pay more than they have to – and all services, including mental health services, must continue to strive to be as efficient as they can be – but this is about protecting our health and ensuring that people experiencing mental health problems are not left without proper treatment and support.”


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.


Apollo says the flush-fitting detector


‘offers the choice of an aesthetically pleasing detection device’. It is also designed to prevent tampering, with a chamberless detector. If the device is covered, the proximity sensors will give a fault signal.


The Soteria Dimension Specialist detector variant, meanwhile, encompasses all the technology seen within the standard detector, plus an anti-ligature metal faceplate and tamper-resistant screws. It has been tested and approved for anti- ligature certification to TS001, and meets the requirements of the Ministry of Justice specification, STD/E/SPEC/038. Apollo said: “The result is a detector with greater resilience against interference or damage, suitable for use in high-risk areas such as prisons and healthcare establishments.” Both device variants have surpassed


the requirements of European Standards EN 54 Part 7 and EN 54 Part 17, and have been designed to communicate with CoreProtocol (but are also backward compatible with Discovery and XP95 protocols), and to facilitate maintenance and servicing, with a comprehensive feature set – ‘from self-test capabilities to drift compensation warnings on dirty detectors’.


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