13 Oct 2017

Bright’s response to the Mental Health Act Review

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  By Geoff Brennan, Executive Director, Star Wards Being detained under the mental health act is devastating. It is devastating for the person and devastating for their families and loved ones. But, as devastating as it is, it can (and should) be the start of healing. as it was for Bright’s founder, Marion Janner. In recent […]

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11 Oct 2017

“Mighty things from small beginnings grow”

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  By Paul Rooney, Joint National Lead CSIP/NIMHE Acute Care Programme   It’s Star Wards’ Eleventh Birthday! Who would have thought when Star Wards was launched in October 2006 that just 18 months later the majority of acute mental health wards in the country would be enthusiastically participating, with a number of other health services […]

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3 Oct 2017

Improving Patient-Centred Care: 10 Customer Service Tips

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By Phil Dourado     The language and practice of ‘customer service’ doesn’t always transfer easily over into healthcare. Developing customer loyalty, for example, is a preoccupation among firms in the private sector lately. But, it isn’t something we really want to encourage among patients: We want them to get well and not come back, […]

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19 Sep 2017

Creating therapeutic acute care environments

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  By Paul Rooney, Joint National Lead CSIP/NIMHE Acute Care Programme   When I was asked to write a piece on what is important in designing good acute care environments for mental health services, I started by listing some of the traditional key components; the ward, day unit, team base, etc. But, despite the need […]

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14 Sep 2017

Making Mental Health Wards Great Places to Work

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  By Henry Stewart, Chief Executive of Happy, rated 11th best place to work in the UK, in the 2006 Financial Times Best Workplaces list.   What can we learn from the UK’s best workplaces? Imagine that every mental health ward was staffed with highly motivated people who loved their jobs, were full of new […]

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29 Aug 2017

Psychology on the Wards

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  By Dr John Hanna, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Highgate Mental Health Centre All ward-based staff know the sense of achievement acquired by successfully helping a service user through a purposeful admission which aids in recovery and social inclusion. Many or most also know the frustration involved in not feeling adequately trained or qualified to meet a major […]

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22 Aug 2017

Sport Mirrors Life

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    By Malcolm Rae, Former Joint Lead of the National Institute of Mental Health England (NIMHE) Sport mirrors life and its dramas and also mental health – its unpredictable outcomes, the plummeting of emotions and morale, and its uplifting experiences. Sport offers important messages for those involved in health and social care, on how we motivate, […]

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8 Aug 2017

Implementing The 75 Ideas and Changing Attitudes

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  We love sharing stories about inspirational Star Wards journeys! In this blog we hear from Daniel Hughes, an Activities Facilitator at Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust. Daniel works at Ward 2 which is part of Walkergate Park in Newcastle upon Tyne. The unit is a 16-bedded neuro-psychiatry unit for assessment and treatment […]

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21 Jun 2017

Marsden Ward Full Monty

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Marsden Ward ‘Living in the moment with us’   By Sam Wilson Marsden ward is part of a growing group of new fab Full Monty award winners at Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust! We were delighted to recently visit the older persons in Sunderland present the team with their much deserved Full Monty […]

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6 Jun 2017

Roker Ward’s Full Monty

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Roker Ward’s Full Monty Roker Ward, based at Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust, is an acute assessment unit for male patients with a history of cognitive impairment. I was greeted and shown around by Moira Brow (Ward Manager) and Claire Wardrop (Acting Ward Manager). At the start of their Star Wards journey when [...] read blog
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