SHEFFIELD HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST – INTENSIVE SUPPORT SERVICES UNIT

The Appointment of Total Group as Principal Contractor. The ISSU is an eight-bed inpatient unit that includes two self-contained step-down flats. State-of-the-Art Facilities. Supporting the Community. Collaboration and Partnership. Enhancing Care and Support. A Commitment to Excellence. A Hub of Care and Support. The construction of the Intensive Support Services Unit (ISSU) in Sheffield represents a significant investment in the well-being of the community. The ISSU is a symbol of the trust's commitment to excellence and its mission to provide the highest standard of care and support to all individuals.

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Project details:

Client:  Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust

Team:  Total Group

Type: JCT Design & Build Contract

Location: Sheffield

Project value: £2.7m

Procurement: Competitive Tender

Project Overview

Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Trust (SHSC) provides a wide range of specialist and primary care services to the city of Sheffield and surrounding communities.

In 2012, the trust appointed Total Group as the principal contractor for the construction of a new and advanced Intensive Support Services Unit (ISSU) on Firshill Rise, Sheffield. This project aimed to provide a state-of-the-art facility to cater to the needs of the community and bed-based service users.

The Features of the ISSU

The ISSU is an eight-bed inpatient unit that includes two self-contained step-down flats. These flats are designed to offer a supportive and transitional environment for patients who are ready to move towards independent living. The unit also consists of various clinical and activity rooms, which will be accessible to both the community and the bed-based service users.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

The construction of the ISSU focused on creating a facility that would meet the highest standards of care and support. The unit has been equipped with cutting-edge technology and modern amenities to ensure the comfort and well-being of the patients.

Supporting the Community

The ISSU not only serves the needs of inpatient service users but also benefits the wider community. The clinical and activity rooms within the unit are available for use by the community, providing a space for various therapeutic and recreational activities. This inclusivity fosters a sense of community engagement and promotes the overall well-being of all individuals involved.

Collaboration and Partnership

The construction of the ISSU was made possible through a collaborative effort between the trust and Total Group. This partnership allowed for the seamless execution of the project, ensuring that the facility was completed to the highest standards of quality and within the designated timeframe.

Enhancing Care and Support

The ISSU represents a significant milestone in the provision of intensive support services in Sheffield. The unit’s modern design and state-of-the-art facilities contribute to an enhanced environment for patients, promoting their recovery and well-being. The availability of self-contained step-down flats also supports the transition of patients towards independent living, further empowering them on their journey to recovery.

A Commitment to Excellence

The trust’s decision to appoint Total Group as the principal contractor for the construction of the ISSU reflects their commitment to excellence in healthcare. By selecting a reputable and experienced contractor, the trust ensures that the facility meets the highest standards of quality and safety, providing the best possible care and support to patients and the community.

A Hub of Care and Support

The ISSU on Firshill Rise is not just a building; it is a hub of care and support for individuals in need. With its state-of-the-art facilities, inclusive approach, and commitment to excellence, the ISSU stands as a testament to the trust’s dedication to improving the lives of those it serves.

Overall, the construction of the Intensive Support Services Unit (ISSU) in Sheffield represents a significant investment in the well-being of the community. The trust’s partnership with Total Group has resulted in the creation of a modern and advanced facility that supports the recovery and transition of patients, while also providing valuable resources to the wider community. The ISSU is a symbol of the trust’s commitment to excellence and its mission to provide the highest standard of care and support to all individuals.

The Total Group Solution

Communication

Total Regen consulted heavily with the future facility’s clinical team to ensure the design incorporated the needs of the patients, including consideration of patients with learning disabilities and mental health requirements.

The firm also engaged clinical staff and patients in the design process, with all of the artwork chosen or created by service users. Decisions were made around colour, light and circulation space create a positive environment for recovery and rehabilitation.

Prior to commencement of works we carefully planned the programme to allow efficient management of concurrent trades so as not to disrupt the ongoing service delivery and still deliver the works within a tight programme. Furthermore, daily liaison with ward sisters helped inform Total Regen of any ‘off limit’ zones, allowing programmed activities to be tweaked/moved accordingly.

Sustainability

In line with the building’s BREEAM requirements, a ‘green’ roof was designed using recycled hard-top insulation boards and attenuation layer. This ensured the building mirrored the surrounding natural environment.

Glare control strategies were implemented into the buildings design to maximise natural daylight levels whilst providing shading from high level summer and low level winter sunlight.

The facility contains specialist facilities for patients including interview rooms, assisted living kitchen facilities, a multi faith room with a footbath, an open air courtyard, a fitness room, a clinical room and sensory garden, changing facilities, disabled facilities and a large parking area.

The building achieved a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating for its environmental design and considerate construction, and is one the most environmentally friendly and low energy health service buildings in Sheffield boasting a ‘green’ roof and wall, and includes solar panels, sun pipes, ground source heat pumps, and good sound and heat insulation.

PROJECT ACHIEVEMENTS

WASTE MINIMISATION – initiatives undertaken by Total Regen saw the project achieve an increase in recycling recovery rates, with 88% of waste being reused

ENVIRONMENTAL CREDENTIALS – the building achieved BREEAM ‘Excellent’ for its environmental design and considerate construction

USER GROUP ENGAGEMENT – Total Regen engaged clinical staff and patients in the design process

LOCAL SUPPLIERS – with 60 years’ experience, we were able to re-engage local suppliers; ensuring we maintained a low carbon footprint in line with our sustainable procurement policy, all timber was sustainably sourced and accredited to the FSC scheme

INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS – Both construction and mechanical works were undertaken by Total Regen’s in-house teams

HIGH-QUALITY FINISH – Total Regen worked with the client and other contractors on the project to deliver a state-of-the-art facility that was highly commended by the client:

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