Service-user contribution highlighted atAintreeevent

Service-users, carers, staff, and the public came together on 5 February at Aintree Racecourse for a ‘Members’ Event’ organised by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust – a regular and enthusiastic attender at the Design In Mental Health conference, exhibition, and awards.

One attendee with strong links to the area was DiMHN President, Joe Forster, who said: “Mersey Care’s members are key to the Trust’s community engagement. Members elect a Council of Governors to hold the non-executive directors to account for the Trust board’s performance. Nearly 100 members came together to hear reports from the chief operating officer of each clinical division. Managers and directors spoke about the Trust’s work, and took many lively and searching questions.” The Trust says its approach to design ‘is crucial’ in its creation of ‘comfortable, modern environments that support recovery’. Trust chairman, Beatrice Fraenkel, told The Network: “The foundation of commissioning our healthcare buildings is the involvement of service-users, clinical staff, community, procurement, estates, and finance personnel at the beginning, all acting as a different facet of being a client.” A Design Champions Group ensures that all stakeholders are actively involved throughout the design process. Through a combined programme of new building and refurbishment, the Trust ‘seeks to provide

for a step change in care and preparation for sustainable life beyond care’. Alongside using inpatient hospitals, community integration is enhanced by the innovative Life Rooms initiative. These locally embedded buildings incorporate Recovery College learning facilities, meeting spaces, IT suites, and advice centres. Elaine Darbyshire, executive director of Communication, Engagement and Estates, explained: “They reposition the role of social prescribing at the Trust, and with its partners throughout the community.” The Trust is currently developing design guidance tools to ensure that this quality of insight is built into all its estates development programmes. Formal evaluation and learning is being built in to ensure lessons are learned and benefits realised from each development. Joe Forster welcomed progress towards co-production across the mental health sector: “Service-users increasingly take positions as governors, staff members, or directors of Trusts. Their influence need no longer be limited to being consulted by organisations.”

Pictured at the Members’ Event are, from left to right, Elaine Wilkinson, Strategic Estates Project Manager (secure division), Elaine Darbyshire, and Deana Huizer, Strategic Estates project manager (local division). Also shown are Joe Forster (far left) and Trust CEO, Joe Rafferty (centre).

Extinguisher cabinets’ positive reception

Creative Ironmongery has recently further developed its fire extinguisher boxes, which it says have enjoyed a very positive reception in the sector, having been specified by mental healthcare providers including St Andrew’s Healthcare, Rushcliffe Care, and Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust.

Owner, Alan Rees, said: “Their

durable, long-lasting design – they are manufactured from high grade aluminium and are fully welded – gives clients the peace of mind that the cabinets will last. We can produce them in a variety of standard sizes, ensuring a suitable option for all circumstances. They can be wall-mounted, fixed to appropriate flooring, or left freestanding. “There is also a potential for the cam-

lock to be keyed to an existing master suite, meaning they can be purchased and used without unnecessary changes. An anti-ligature and anti-tamper design make them ideal for mental health premises and other applications where user safety is a potential concern. The panel at the front is made from tough 10 mm polycarbonate, for added resilience.”

Pinpoint launches new mobile ‘app’ for its personal alarms

Following the launch of an ‘app’ for PC and Android last year, personal alarm system manufacturer, Pinpoint, has introduced a new Pinpoint Mobile Alert application for iPhone and iPad mobile devices running iOS.

Allan Aikman, senior design engineer, said: “Where ‘BYOD’ (bring your own device) is permitted, users can now interact with the Pinpoint system on their own phone, as well as existing iPads they have with them every day, rather than having to carry additional mobile devices.”

Thje Pinpoint Mobile Alert enables mobile devices to receive information


such as alarms, patient calls, and system status updates. Data transmission utilises any available connection – for instance Wi-Fi and cellular 4G, which Pinpoint says means ‘better coverage and reliability than traditional paging systems’. The company added: “Thanks to the combination of these technologies, operating range is unlimited, and message delivery almost always guaranteed.” When an alarm is activated, it is sent

straight to the mobile devices. A ‘push’ notification appears that takes the user to the full notification, which indicates the severity level of call, the system it originated from, and the zone and the address of the call button or personal transmitter. It also makes the device vibrate and emit an audible alert. The display differentiates between active and resolved alarms on separate tabs. Each user has a personalised profile that specifies which alarm types and call zones the mobile application should alert to. Users can clearly see which alarms are ongoing, and how long they have been active, and which have been dealt with.


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