SOWENNA CAMHS

Care provider: Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Project type: New build
Architect: Ryder Architecture
Mental Health discipline: Child and Adolescent Mental Health
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Sowenna - the first of it's kind for Cornwall Partnership NHS FT - is a purpose-built child and adolescent mental health (CAMHS) unit, providing inpatient treatment for young people aged between 13 and 18 years.  The project had huge local demand, with young people and their families previously having to travel out of county for vitally important care.

Thoughtfully designed by Ryder Architecture, the unit focuses on non-institutional safety, wellbeing and recovery.  

Normalised living: welcoming, familiar and therapeutic

Cornwall Partnership NHS FT were keen to normalise the environment for young people and their families. This 14-bed facility includes education and activity spaces, a snug, sports barn, and cafe and is centred around a courtyard providing access to outdoor space and natural light.  It has been described by one of the young people as "a beacon of hope".

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  • Young people are empowered to lock and unlock their own bedroom space using our anti-ligature wristbands, increasing feelings of trust and independence

  • Our saloon-style En-suite doors were selected for private bathrooms, providing patient privacy and dignity while staff have partial observation

  • Our doorsets are designed to help create therapeutic settings.  Bedroom and corridor doors come with minimal metal fixings and our en-suite door is available in a choice of colours and prints.

 

" This is not somewhere a young person comes in and knows it's a ward.  It's more than that...
The feeling that you have in this building is that this is somewhere that is safe, that is comfortable, that pays attention to my wellbeing as well as my mental health."

- Dr Barbara Vann, Chair, Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

 

Non-institutional safety and security

We worked with the Trust and the Architect to select the right doors for each of the areas in the building, balancing patient and clinical needs and helping to reduce risk.

In the bedroom area, out anti-barricade doors with full-door ligature alarm were fitted alongside our en-suite door. 

  • With full-door ligature detection, the door acts as a weighing scale - raising an alarm when a vertical load of over 10kg is detected
  • The anti-barricade system with lock override functionality ensures staff can gain fast, reliable access in an emergency
  • Our en-suite door leaves detach at 8kg. The staff-only reset option disrupts ligature learning. 


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NHS Sowenna facade
NHS Sowenna Centre Invictus Trust Cafe
NHS Sowenna Centre Reading Snug
NHS Sowenna Centre Gym
NHS Sowenna Centre Communal
NHS Sowenna Centre bedroom
NHS Sowenna Centre Bodmin Central Courtyard
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NHS Sowenna facade
NHS Sowenna Centre Invictus Trust Cafe
NHS Sowenna Centre Reading Snug
NHS Sowenna Centre Gym
NHS Sowenna Centre Communal
NHS Sowenna Centre bedroom
NHS Sowenna Centre Bodmin Central Courtyard
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SOWENNA: A PROJECT SHOWCASE

Together with Ryder Architecture, we hosted a webinar showcasing the Sowenna CAMHS project.  We explored the Trust's aspirations for the project, the importance of stakeholder engagement, and the impact of selecting the right doors.

WATCH THE WEBINAR RECORDING