Mental Healthcare Modular Buildings

The impact of the pandemic has led to more people seeking community mental healthcare than ever before. A recent report from the Care and Quality Commission (CQC) suggested that due to community health care services being unable to deal with the increased capacity it is seeing more people detained under the Mental Health Act (MHA). One area of particular concern is the number of children and young people detained and admitted to adult wards, because of a lack of inpatient child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) beds.

Learning Disability Services Monthly Statistics from January 2022 reported that there are 2,040 people with learning disabilities and/or autism as inpatients in England (56% of these have had a total length of stay over 2 years) with a third of patients living in environments that were of poor quality, and some had not had access to fresh air for many months. To combat this the UK Government has committed to improving the safety, privacy and dignity of patients with mental illness by eradicating dormitory accommodation and replacing it with purpose built En-Suite Accommodation Blocks.

Darwin Group has provided next-generation Mental Healthcare Modular Buildings Feasibility and Design Commissions to several trusts and has recently completed on a brand new En-Suite Mental Healthcare Accommodation block for a Southern Trust. Fully aligned to a Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) approach and employing our volumetric next-generation mental healthcare modular buildings, that are manufactured off-site at our Shropshire based factory we can offer efficiencies previously not achievable through conventional builds. Once installed, we employ efficient, onsite ‘fit-out’ techniques to create a bespoke best of breed building, enabling you to commission exactly what you require and expect, unrestricted by traditional modular build or the length of time of a conventional one. Our innovative, Fit-for-the-Future, building technologies are completely adaptable, allowing easy, cost-effective reconfiguration as the future health needs of our communities change.

Explore just some of the examples of our future-proof mental healthcare modular buildings below and discover why with Darwin Group, we are Construction… Evolved.

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Acute Inpatient Mental Healthcare Modular Buildings

Acute care deals with people who are experiencing a severe, short-term episode of mental illness. By investing in improving patient outcomes and experience, it is also expected that this will contribute to a reduction in the average time spent in hospital, bringing the typical length of stay in all adult acute inpatient down to 32 days or fewer by 2023/24.

Whether working with Older People Mental Health (OPMH) or Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) our Acute Inpatient Mental Healthcare Modular Buildings are designed and built to HBN and HTM standards. Offering single en-suite accommodation blocks with the option of accessible bedroom as standard, they provide a therapeutic living environment for Fit-for-the-Future Mental Healthcare Estate capable of growing with the community needs.

Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Mental Healthcare Modular Buildings

The focus of Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) services is stabilisation with a view to moving service users as quickly as possible to the most appropriate and least restrictive environment, whilst avoiding the need for readmission. PICU are small wards in terms of patient numbers compared to open psychiatric wards. They have with higher levels of Registered Mental Nurses (RMNs) and Health Care Support Workers (HCSWs), in addition to a full complement of Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) members including Psychologists, Occupational therapists, Art Therapists, and Social Workers.

Our Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Mental Healthcare Modular Buildings are designed and built to an open plan to ease observation. Offering a higher level of security compared to our Acute Inpatient Mental Healthcare Modular Buildings, they include seclusion facilities and en-suite rooms as well as office space for the staff and communal spaces.

Medium-Secure Rehabilitation Wards Mental Healthcare Modular Buildings

Medium secure mental health services provide treatment and rehabilitation for people who may be exhibiting dangerous and challenging behaviour due to their severe and enduring mental health problem. Although most of the existing permanent units are designed mainly for mentally ill people, there is a need for further medium secure services for people with learning disabilities (mental handicap), for those with psychopathic or personality disorder, and for mentally disordered people who require longer-term medium secure provision.

Providing the highest level of security, our Medium-Secure Rehabilitation Wards Mental Healthcare Modular Buildings look not only at the internal aspect of the ward but how the surrounding environment is designed and integrated in the overall estate. Creating outdoor secure zones using Anti-Climb fencing systems, the location of windows for monitoring and applying a graded level of security across the new estate. Internally, are maintained in single occupancy en-suite bedroom in pleasant and practical surroundings to HBN and HTM standards.