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Publication date: 27 September 2022

Jessica Lee, Donna Haskayne, Madihah Hussain, Abbas Darukhanawala and Charlotte Marriott

“Social recovery” is a long-cited aim within the UK early intervention in psychosis (EIP) services; however, there is a lack of evidence regarding existing social recovery…

Abstract

Purpose

“Social recovery” is a long-cited aim within the UK early intervention in psychosis (EIP) services; however, there is a lack of evidence regarding existing social recovery provisions and how these can be improved. This paper aims to evaluate an existing social drop-in facility within an EIP team, ran within the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, and highlight the potential benefits of delivering such services for people diagnosed with first episode psychosis.

Design/methodology/approach

Attendance and basic demographic statistics (age, gender and ethnicity of attendees) were collected over a period of 13 weeks. In addition, two semi-structured focus groups were conducted: one with EIP staff members (community psychiatric nurses and support workers) and the other with current service users, with both groups describing their satisfaction and experience of the drop-in facility and how it can be improved.

Findings

Inductive thematic analysis was used to analyse data from both focus groups, with six overarching meta-themes being identified: reflection, environment, emotional experience, recovery, activities and interactions. Service users and staff reflected that the drop-in facility was an asset to the service, although work could be done to improve overall attendance.

Originality/value

This paper explores how a social drop-in facility can provide a supportive, positive environment that aids recovery from psychosis for service users and improves working conditions for the EIP staff.

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Mental Health Review Journal, vol. ahead-of-print no. ahead-of-print
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1361-9322

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Article
Publication date: 30 September 2022

Ismail Mohammed Budaiwi, Mohammed Alhaji Mohammed and Hammad Ali Harbi

Indoor environmental quality (IEQ) in buildings has an impact on people’s health, productivity and comfort. Maintaining the highest possible IEQ level in complex…

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Purpose

Indoor environmental quality (IEQ) in buildings has an impact on people’s health, productivity and comfort. Maintaining the highest possible IEQ level in complex buildings, such as health care, is difficult due to economic and organizational constraints. This study aims to categorize the vicinities in a typical health-care facility in terms of importance and criticality in relation to the various IEQ factors, as well as to develop an IEQ assessment procedure.

Design/methodology/approach

A comprehensive literature review, established standards and structured interviews with industrial hygiene professionals in health-care settings were used in this study. To test the applicability of the developed IEQ assessment procedure, a pilot study was conducted in an existing health-care facility.

Findings

This study categorized health-care facilities into various vicinities and discovered three respondents group had varying IEQ perceptions (facility managers, environmental health specialists and nurses). According to the findings, indoor air quality is the most important and dominant factor influencing overall IEQ in health-care facilities. The trial application of the framework shows that much work is needed to improve the level of response and readiness of facility management and occupants to allow for the effective use of the developed procedure.

Originality/value

Previous research did not include a detailed categorization of vicinities in health-care buildings based on IEQ requirements. The findings of this study will help to close this knowledge gap and guide facility managers and operators in recognizing the relative importance of different IEQ factors, maintaining functional requirements and identifying priorities when developing maintenance and operational procedures and allocating resources.

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Journal of Facilities Management , vol. ahead-of-print no. ahead-of-print
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1472-5967

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Article
Publication date: 4 July 2022

Modupe Cecilia Mewomo, Petronella Minehle Ndlovu and Comfort Olubukola Iyiola

Although facilities management (FM) has been advocated in the construction industry to address the issues of facilities in buildings, their adoption is still plagued with…

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Purpose

Although facilities management (FM) has been advocated in the construction industry to address the issues of facilities in buildings, their adoption is still plagued with barriers. The factors affecting FM practices need detailed investigation. However, few studies have been conducted on the factors affecting FM practices in developing countries such as South Africa. This study aims to investigate the factors affecting effective FM practices in public buildings in South Africa.

Design/methodology/approach

To achieve this aim, a quantitative survey was carried out using questionnaire to gather relevant data in the study area. The collected data were analysed using descriptive statistics and principal component (factor) analysis. The study was conducted on 39 facilities managers in the Department of Public Works in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa.

Findings

The descriptive analysis revealed that availability of funds, occupants’ knowledge of FM, absence of policy guiding FM practice, state of deterioration of facilities and design concepts and scope were significant challenges affecting effective FM practices in public buildings in South Africa. The result of the principal component analysis of the factors affecting FM practices were grouped into organisational factors, structural/design errors and end users’ elements.

Research limitations/implications

As it is widely understood that “money” plays a significant role in the performance of any activity or function, administrators/governments of public facilities should strive to plan and make appropriate finances accessible to facilities managers. Participation of facilities managers in the planning stage can also help reduce design flaws and their maintenance implications. In addition, adequate training for professionals can improve FM awareness and productivity.

Originality/value

The paper reveals the structural framework of the factors that can influence the effective facilities management practices in public buildings.

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Facilities, vol. 40 no. 15/16
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0263-2772

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Article
Publication date: 1 July 1992

Keith Alexander

Presents an agenda for facilities management research by proposinga framework of key organization, human, environment and economicvariables and suggests that research…

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Presents an agenda for facilities management research by proposing a framework of key organization, human, environment and economic variables and suggests that research should focus on the links that may be found between them, to generate theory and inform practice. Emphasizes the importance of relating facilities considerations to organizational objectives, and proposes that research should contribute to the development of facilities quality management systems. Maps current research at the Centre for Facilities Management against this framework and identifies progress in understanding the links between facilities and “business” success. Introduces a series of papers that illustrate the integrated research programme being carried out at the Centre.

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Facilities, vol. 10 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0263-2772

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Article
Publication date: 1 August 1990

Tony Thomson

Argues that the facilities management is really a field dedicatedto facility planning – where building design meets businessobjectives. Considers reasons for the lack of…

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Argues that the facilities management is really a field dedicated to facility planning – where building design meets business objectives. Considers reasons for the lack of clarity in the facilities management profession. Illustrates the state of the field by formulating a ′generic′ facilities management department. Suggests the importance of facilities management for senior management and presents the facilities management mission.

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Facilities, vol. 8 no. 8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0263-2772

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Article
Publication date: 1 April 2003

Deanna H. Matthews

Corporate environmental benchmarking is difficult with the range and inconsistency of environmental information available, even from facilities within the same firm…

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Corporate environmental benchmarking is difficult with the range and inconsistency of environmental information available, even from facilities within the same firm. Environmental management systems can assist firms in organizing internal corporate benchmarking efforts. They attempt to capture environmental impacts from activities throughout a facility under a single system and generally follow traditional benchmarking cycles of plan, do, check, and act. However, the systems lack important features that enable benchmarking. Based on a critical analysis of environmental management systems, the article recommends minor changes to extend environmental management systems for corporate environmental benchmarking. Consistent goals should be encouraged at all facilities to produce common metrics. Procedures should require data collection and reporting to a central office. Management review should monitor performance and determine where leading facilities can transfer better processes to lagging facilities.

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Benchmarking: An International Journal, vol. 10 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1463-5771

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Article
Publication date: 1 January 1986

It is necessary to identify the appropriate location, shape, size and building systems and furniture for the creation of a successful office building — but it is not…

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It is necessary to identify the appropriate location, shape, size and building systems and furniture for the creation of a successful office building — but it is not sufficient The way in which the physical resources of the office facility are managed after initial occupancy is critical. Last month's Analysis dealt with the background to the ORBIT‐2 study, the four types of survey — organisation, information technology, design strategies and facilities management — and the organisation profiles by which facilities managers could first identify and then rate their own organisation's performance. Where the first part offered guidance on measuring and adapting essentially physical elements, this second article focuses on the role of the facilities manager and offers possible approaches to the facilities management process.

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Facilities, vol. 4 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0263-2772

Article
Publication date: 1 December 1997

Wolfgang F.E. Preiser

Activation is the process of preparing people, equipment and facilities for moving and start‐up. It is little understood, but integral to the success of facility. It…

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Activation is the process of preparing people, equipment and facilities for moving and start‐up. It is little understood, but integral to the success of facility. It starts well before and extends beyond the phases of commissioning and start‐up. Activation is described in six stages as it interacts with the traditional facility delivery cycle: long‐range planning; prioritization/budgeting; facility planning/design; facility completion; Operation; and criteria update/post‐occupancy evaluation. The outcome was a two‐volume, “user‐friendly” Activation Guide that describes activation for large complex projects in a straightforward way, and which is being used by the 172 major hospitals of the Department of Veterans Affairs in the USA. The process is generic and it could be adapted for use in activations of complex facilities in Europe.

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Facilities, vol. 15 no. 12/13
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0263-2772

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Article
Publication date: 1 September 2019

Yandong Yuan, Zhen Li and Huawei Liang

In order to explore the theory of the spatial layout of urban sports facilities, starting with the analysis of theoretical knowledge, the current situation of public…

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In order to explore the theory of the spatial layout of urban sports facilities, starting with the analysis of theoretical knowledge, the current situation of public sports facilities in the central urban area of Jinan is analyzed, the various factors affecting the planning layout are discussed, and the strategies and methods of the layout planning of public sports facilities in Jinan are summarized. The results show that the layout planning of public sports facilities should follow the corresponding patterns and principles. The layout of public sports facilities at all levels should fully consider the factors of urban public transport, urban management system, urban public functions, and reasonable service radius of public sports facilities. It can be seen that excessive pursuit of efficiency will lead to excessive service radius and poor accessibility of urban public sports facilities; excessive pursuit of fairness will result in a small and scattered layout pattern, which easily leads to idle waste.

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Open House International, vol. 44 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0168-2601

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Article
Publication date: 1 January 1995

Stuart Pertz

Reports on a comprehensive study of the real estate and facilitiesgroups of 20 US organizations. Reviews character, growth, age, financeand structure for example. Offers…

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Reports on a comprehensive study of the real estate and facilities groups of 20 US organizations. Reviews character, growth, age, finance and structure for example. Offers facilities issues as critical in affecting investment decisions, operational efficiency and cultural attitudes, which in turn can create a comprehensive view of the corporate condition. Argues that this gives a broad view of the organization and insight for today′s needs and tomorrow′s limitations.

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