25 November 2013
The Tyne Unit, Morpeth named best healthcare development delivered so far through the ProCure21 or ProCure21+ frameworks
A team of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, Medical Architecture and Laing O’Rourke received the award for the 24-bed Tyne ward at Northgate Hospital, which provides locked forensic rehabilitation services exclusively for male patients over 40 years old with learning disabilities.
Celebrating those helping to transform the medical practice, the Building Better Healthcare Awards were presented by Michael Portillo in London on 6 November, in front of an audience of over 500 NHS and healthcare representatives.
The strength of the 10-year partnership with the client was cited as a key factor in the successful delivery of the scheme, which completed on time and under budget, with cost savings re-invested into making improvements to the patient care areas.
The BBH Awards judges said: “Forensic medicine is a really difficult area to work in and they have put a lot of work in and tried to bring the outside inside.
“These are very secure units because they have to be, but they have not used fencing and have instead used the building as the boundary and that is a really good move. It is very robust, but very good and little touches like the curves in the tables in the bedrooms are very nice. There is also a very usable garden that can mature over time.”
"To have won this award, in a category of such high calibre projects, is a fantastic achievement for Joe Jefferson and the Tyne team," said Laing O’Rourke Health Sector Leader Stuart McArthur.
"It's a testament to what can be achieved through partnership working, with a client with whom we have built a fantastic relationship through over a decade of work."
The Tyne Unit forms part of the Trust’s wider forensic Learning Disability service, providing specialist multidisciplinary care and treatment for men who are vulnerable and or at risk to themselves or others - considered one of the most-challenging and resource-intensive services in the NHS and existing largely outside the public gaze.
The unit was opened to the public in November by the Duchess of Northumberland.
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