New Board members’ varied experience

Following an election held last year, two new personnel have joined the Design In Mental Health Network Board. Steve Jameson, property

services director for Red Rose Corporate Services (RRCS), has worked either directly for, or in partnership with, NHS Trusts for 27 years, and has ‘a wealth of experience’ within mental health. RRCS provides a full range of estates and facilities services to Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, one of England’s largest mental health and community Trusts. He also provides advice and support to major capital projects, and was a key contributor to LCFT’s new flagship mental health facility in Blackpool, The Harbour.

Cath Lake. Steve Jameson.

Cath Lake is an architect with over 15 years’ practical experience in designing and delivering mental healthcare facilities for both private clients and NHS Trusts, and is Mental Health lead for P+HS Architects. Her experience includes detailed

design and construction expertise relating to dementia, acute, learning disability, CAMHS, secure, and specialist services. Both were welcomed as new Board members at the DIMHN 2015 AGM, which was held during the IHEEM Healthcare Estates conference and exhibition in Manchester last October. The AGM also saw Kevin Gorman, one of the Network’s founder members, step down

World-class holistic care building facility

A new residential building for young people with mental illness, autism, and learning difficulties at St Andrew’s Healthcare’s Northampton site will be Europe’s largest facility of its kind when it opens this autumn, the charity and psychiatric services provider says.

Designed by P+HS Architects, FitzRoy House will house purpose-built residential facilities, sports and therapy areas, a café, courtyards with outdoor activity spaces, and landscaped gardens. It will also incorporate a modern new facility for St Andrew’s College – the charity’s OFSTED ‘outstanding’ school – equipped with teaching rooms with better access to technology, a science demonstration room, a new library, an outdoor education area, a bespoke music room, and a recording studio. ‘Ground-breaking’ treatment offered will include sensory integration techniques and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, specially adapted for young people.

Staff and invited guests gathered in mid- October to celebrate the ‘topping out’. At a ceremony on the new building’s roof, St Andrew’s Healthcare chairman, Peter Winslow, thanked everyone involved in the project, before CEO, Gil Baldwin, attached the first piece of stone coping to the building. Guests included Sean Bowles, MD of contractors Galliford Try, Cath Lake, of P+HS Architects, who designed the building, and MP for Northampton South, David Mackintosh.

from the DIMHN Board. To show the Network’s appreciation for his contribution, President, Joe Forster, took the occasion to present the Britplas chairman with a piece of commemorative glassware as ‘a thank you’. Before handing this over he said: “I’ve known Kevin for about 10 years. The Design In Mental Health Network is about the same age; so he was in at the start. What immediately struck me with him though was that he really ‘got’ what the Network was about – serving the needs of service-users, carers, relatives, and staff. Kevin’s company is a success because of his appreciation of that, and the Network is a success because of his input.”

Creating more peaceful spaces

Sheffield PICU provides care close to home

A new Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) for Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust (SHSC NHS), Endcliffe, has been officially opened by the Trust’s chair, Professor Alan Walker CBE.

The development, on the former Oakwood site at the Longley Centre, Northern General Hospital, was formed through refurbishment and new build; the design team included CAD21 building services engineers and Arcadis, which led the project. The sloping site

‘provided both a challenge and opportunity to create entrances to both the main hospital and the new PICU, to create separate and defined routes into the building’.

The scheme is light and spacious, with plentiful views to outside. It includes 10 bedrooms, garden spaces, an occupational therapy room, a sensory room, a prayer/quiet room, lounges, an activity room, and staff facilities. Kevan Taylor, SHSC NHS chief executive,

said: “We are delighted to be opening Endcliffe Ward. We have made a significant investment to create an environment to support service-users’ recovery in their home city; they will no longer have to go out of Sheffield for PICU treatment. Carers and family members will be able to maintain contact with service-users more easily, and community services will be able to liaise and engage with them more effectively.”

Safehinge has unveiled a ‘ground-breaking’ new acoustic threshold seal designed to create more- peaceful environments and ensure privacy and safety for patients in psychiatric facilities. Reportedly the only such product specially designed for mental healthcare facilities, SUREsound was developed in direct response to architects’ requests for an anti-tamper, anti- ligature door threshold seal installable on anti- barricade and double-acting doors. With SUREsound (patent pending), the rubber seals are divided into small sections before being fitted from the top into an extruded carrier. Once in place, they are clamped securely with anti- tamper screws, ‘making it impossible for the seal to be removed’. Safehinge said: “With an acoustic rating of 32 Rw dB, and fully fire rated, the concealed units will help dampen noise from within the room, meaning important consultations can be carried out with the patient in a familiar environment, reducing anxiety, and producing better outcomes.” Director, Philip Ross, added: “Hotels spend considerable time and money on acoustics, and it’s an interesting parallel to mental health environments – where people are co-habiting whether they like it or not, making acoustics extremely important.”

The standard unit is supplied in 800 mm lengths for door leaf widths up to 1,000 mm, with larger lengths available on request.


January 2016


Photo courtesy of P+HS Architects.

Photo courtesy of St Andrew’s Healthcare.

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