Clarke opens centre

KENNETH Clarke MP has officially opened the new learning and development centre at Rampton Hospital.

The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice also toured the centre for training and conferences, and looked around other areas of the hospital when he visited on Friday.

Opening of the Mike Harris Learning and Development Centre at Rampton Hospital, opened by the MP Kenneth Clark.  Pictured is MP Kenneth Clarke with Coun Jeff Rickells and Chairman of Bassetlaw Council Coun Kenneth Bullivant.  (w110118-6o).

Opening of the Mike Harris Learning and Development Centre at Rampton Hospital, opened by the MP Kenneth Clark. Pictured is MP Kenneth Clarke with Coun Jeff Rickells and Chairman of Bassetlaw Council Coun Kenneth Bullivant. (w110118-6o).

The £3.5million Mike Harris Learning and Development Centre is named after Dr Mike Harris, executive director of Notts Healthcare, who has responsibility for the forensic division of the trust.

Dr Harris, who has managed Rampton Hospital since 2001, has played an important role in the development of the trust as the leading provider of forensic mental health services in the country.

“It’s usual for a new building to be named after someone who has died or is retiring but I am not planning on either of those yet,” said Dr Harris.

“I am immensely proud of this new building and the facilities that we can now provide for our staff and the local community.”

“I look forward to the centre becoming a popular and effective conference venue, with its wide variety of potential uses.”

The centre has five separate air conditioned training rooms, which can hold between 10 to 200 people. There is a conference centre which can hold a maximum of 200 people, and it is also the base for the largest forensic library in the country.

The building has been designed with the environment in mind. One third of the centre’s energy is taken from renewable resources.

The centre will host a range of art work, with exhibitions from the patient group at Rampton Hospital to local artists.