A freestanding privacy screen can offer more flexibility than a wall-mounted one, as it can be positioned in different areas of the room. In some cases, for example in a day centre with staff who are familiar with the equipment, a freestanding privacy screen may be preferred to a wall-mounted version. Providing a freestanding privacy screen should be informed by stakeholder engagement and consultation with end-users. If a freestanding privacy screen is provided, it should have a sturdy castor base that can carry the weight of the privacy screen when moving, and prevent it from tipping over. 

A freestanding privacy screen, in lieu of a wall-mounted privacy screen, will not prima facie, indicate compliance with Part M of the Second Schedule to the Building Regulations (as amended).

Image 11 Example of a wall-mounted privacy screen in the extended position.