Worcestershire manufacturing firm Dortrend International are among the sponsors at this year's National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit's (NAPICU) conference in York on 9th/10th September.
The firm, which specialises in developing anti-ligature products, has been working with the mental health sector for many years and the protection and safety of those in need of psychiatric care is central to the business' objectives.
This is the first year Dortrend have had a presence at NAPICU, and they will be the first company to showcase both ant-ligature and anti-bacterial products.
Dortrend International manufacture anti-ligature door and window handles, locks and hinges which are used in mental health hospitals and psychiatric prisons to combat the issue of patient/inmate suicide.
Philip Dean, Managing Director of Dortrend International said "We are very pleased to be among the sponsors at this year's event, and playing a part in helping to raise the issue of safety in Psychiatric Intensive Care Units.
"The use of anti -ligature door and window fittings within Mental Health Units has increased dramatically since the beginning of this decade, and preventing self harm is a high priority in these institutions.
"Mental health professionals have rightly demanded high quality products that are fit for purpose."
The theme of this year's conference is 'Improving the Patient's Experience' and ensuring vulnerable patients feel safe and comfortable is key to Dortrend when manufacturing their products.
"Modern mental health units do not want door fittings that have an institutional appearance, as this would detract from the general ambience of the building.
"Anti-ligature handles need to be designed so they are as unobtrusive as possible but are securely fitted to the door using concealed or tamperproof fixings" continued Mr. Dean.
NAPICU is a multi disciplinary, clinician lead organisation committed to the development of psychiatric intensive care and low secure services primarily in the UK.
This year's conference features a detailed programme of speakers, Team of the Year, Dragons Den, and a variety of Trust Stalls.
The event will be the 15th conference held by NAPICU.
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