nurses and patients head bids to improve wards
by staff reporter
health nurse and patient teams are to head projects aimed at improving
the physical appearance of mental health and learning disability
This month £1.2m was granted by the government for teams of
mental health nurses and patients to lead bids to spruce up their
mental health unit corridors, waiting areas and wards, and to construct
gardens and "quiet spaces".
refurbishment funds have been allocated to service providers from
23 strategic health authorities outside London.
a refurbishment scheme has been ongoing in mental health and learning
disability units in London since 2001.
King’s Fund, a charitable foundation which trains patients
and nurses on improving the physical appearance of units, claims
a better environment leads to faster "recuperation" rates
for patients, reductions in vandalism and improvements in staff
recruitment and retention rates.
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