St Andrew's Healthcare - Fitz Roy House



Challenge
St Andrews Healthcare were challenged to design & build a new ‘Home-from-home’ for up to 110 adolescent patients, with a budget of £45 million as part of Europe’s largest mental health care facility yet for young people. Firstly, the new building had to fit within the heritage of the existing Northampton site. Secondly, it must deliver the safety and security needed: the patients and staff need to be kept safe at all times, and individual wards will require differing levels of security, and thirdly it all has to create an environment that is warm and welcoming, helping patients recovery.


Market: Health Care
Location: East Midlands
Partner: Mobotix, Flir & Gallagher


Challenge
St Andrews Healthcare were challenged to design & build a new ‘Home-from-home’ for up to 110 adolescent patients, with a budget of £45 million as part of Europe’s largest mental health care facility yet for young people. Firstly, the new building had to fit within the heritage of the existing Northampton site. Secondly, it must deliver the safety and security needed: the patients and staff need to be kept safe at all times, and individual wards will require differing levels of security, and thirdly it all has to create an environment that is warm and welcoming, helping patients recovery.

Solution
St Andrews Healthcare elected Check Your Security to install a Milestone Corporate VMS (Video Management System), it is critical that all cameras are unobtrusive and part of a calming environment. As a result hemispheric, corner mount and wedge cameras were installed in strategic subtle places creating a familiar, safe and relaxing environment for patients. A Com- mend Intercom and Control Desk Conductor allows for quick communication in the event of an emergency, ensuring quick response times and the safety of patients and staff.

Benefits
FitzRoy House benefit from a scalable and adaptive solution meeting future requirements, with advanced integration and interconnectivity, creating enhanced safety and reassurance for staff, with ease of use for end user.


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St Andrew’s Healthcare is a Charitable organisation providing psychiatric services in England. Its headquarters is at St Andrew’s Hospital in Northampton. The charity dates back to before the hospital opened in 1838. It is by far the largest mental health facility in UK, providing national specialist services for adolescents, men, women and older people with mental illness, learning disability, brain injury, autism and dementia. The charity caters for patients requiring open, locked, low or medium-secure accommodation and has a primary focus on rehabilitation pathways and recovery. St Andrew’s also has hospitals in Essex, Birmingham and Nottinghamshire.

As of 2013, St Andrew’s Healthcare employs over 4,000 people across the United Kingdom and receives over 95% of its revenue (and patients) from the National Health Service through referrals from NHS commissioners. St An- drew’s has the capacity to cater for around 1,000 patients across its various sites, having grown rapidly since 2000. Its charitable accounts show turnover of £187.5million in 2013/14. Awards include 2011 Third Sector Provider of the Year and 2012 Mental Health Provider of the Year.

FitzRoy House, on Cliftonville Road, brings together the Charity’s adolescent services, currently in two buildings. The two-storey facility gives specialised, bespoke care for up to 110 young people in a building that includes:

Enterprise Audit Report - EAR©
To develop a strategy for this project, St Andrew’s Health care appointed Check Your Security to evaluate the current physical security system in place, to analyse and determine which products and solutions will be optimal for the creation of a secure & safe building for adolescents with mental health issues.

This process was undertaken by utilising the Enterprise Audit Report (EAR©) to first establish a facility characterisation with the key stakeholders. Part of this was to take into consideration how the latest technology could be implemented, offering enhancements to the security teams monitoring and further protection of staff, patient and public safety in trend with the security industry culture changes.

"We have complete confidence in Check Your Security as we have worked with them for many years now, they have created a safe and reliable solution throughout the whole hospital, it is paramount for our rehabilitative work with vulnerable young people that we ensure the safety of patients and staff 24/7."
abc, Project Manager, St. Andrews Healthcare


With its curved walls and calming colours and open environment, cameras are deployed not to disrupt the relaxing visual equilibrium, placed above the eye line or forming a pattern in larger areas. Curved walls allow patients to see further in the hospital and reduce anxiety, as a result smaller cameras are used due to the nature of the area covered.

Something that is central to how we support every patient is that we work with them as an individual, and design a package of care that suits them and only them. We don’t just look at their condition - we take into account their personality, preferences, hobbies, beliefs and physical capabilities. We find that physical activity, occupational therapy, and spiritual well being, can be influential over recovery as traditional therapeutic approaches. Paul Bentham, Service Director - Adolescent Pathway, St Andrews Healthcare

Check Your Security were elected to install and integrate a bespoke security system that serves the needs of Fitz Roy House and their patients. Check Your Security is able to provide a detailed comprehensive analysis of any site and determine the best security strategy. Having gained a deep understanding of the buildings architecture and the potential psychological and physical needs of young adolescents with mental health issues through the EAR©, one of the many professional services Check Your Security provide.

"At Check Your Security we take great pride in our work being able to help young people at a time of need, our ability to utilise our analytical approach towards security allows us to determine a security system & strategy that encompasses the unique needs of every customer."
Wayne Dyble, Services Director, Check Your Security LTD