Plans Agreed for New Facility in Canterbury

4th July 2014 | Posted in: Healthcare, Project Management, CDM Consultancy, Baqus News

A new, safe and secure building for older adult inpatients with mental health problems moved one step closer with plans being signed off by members of the Clinical User Group.

Phase One of the project to re-locate Cranmer Ward from the west half of the St Martin’s site to the East near to the new Younger Adults’ inpatient facility is now complete with decisions such as types of heating agreed by the Older Adults’ Safe and Secure In-patient Service (OASSIS) clinical user group.

The new 16-bed unit will help KMPT continue to provide first-class care, but in improved surroundings. Each service user will have their own en-suite room, there will be an assisted daily living kitchen, space for therapeutic intervention, such as art and music therapy and internal courtyards. The design of the building has been carefully considered so it is in keeping with the green space around it.

The Clinical User Group, which includes nurses, occupational therapists and medical staff from the current Cranmer Ward, has been meeting twice a month to develop the overall design of the building. Completion is scheduled for January 2016.

Service Development Lead, Vicky Stevens, said: “Cranmer Ward is an old facility and presents challenges for staff, although the multi-disciplinary team still manages to deliver excellent care. The new building is the biggest project taking place in KMPT at the moment – it’s exciting and innovative and will be a wonderful facility for older adults who live in East Kent.”

The current Cranmer Ward poses challenges to the delivery of care. For example, the ward layout does not allow easy observation of service users. Privacy and dignity is difficult to maintain due to the location of the toilets and bathrooms and Cranmer Ward is isolated within the old hospital building. The ward is CQC compliant but the physical environment does not support the therapeutic interventions required to deliver a high-quality service. The team makes the most of the current environment, delivering excellent care despite the limitations of the building.

BAQUS are providing Project Management, Project Administrator and CDM-C services and is being undertaken under the Scape Framework via Pick Everard. For more information about this project please contact Lara McPherson ( or Sue Lee (


Front row left to right: Ken Cox, Michelle Streatfield, Ian Oliver, Jann Gilliland, Amanda Hatfield, Rod Rothwell, Liam Corbett, Fi Sargeant and Vicky Stevens.
Back row left to right: Richard Piper, Simon Puckey, Jason Pearson, Sue Lee, Lara McPherson, Dr Barbara Beats, Alex Tilley and John Carey

More News

News RSS Feed