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
24 Apr 2017

Mowbray Ward’s Full Monty

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By Nic Higham   ‘Be passionate, be brave, be human, be skilled, be a leader, be approachable – BE YOU!’       Mowbray Ward, which is part of Monkwearmouth Hospital in Sunderland, is a specialist admission and assessment ward for older females with a primary diagnosis of dementia. One of the reasons the team […]

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19 Apr 2017

Recovery Based Activity Teams

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  “Don’t give up being positive!” – Recovery Based Activity Teams in Greater Manchester.   At Star Wards, we LOVE activities on wards – mainly because we know that patients and staff get so much good stuff from attending and hosting them. Good stuff like feeling part of a community, getting some relief from boredom, […]

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29 Mar 2017

Bronte’s and Shelley’s Full Monty

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By Geoff Brennan      Let me tell you a story. In 2016, at the headquarters of Star Wards, we received an e-mail and a detailed audit from yet another fab service. The service had implemented all 75 star wards ideas across two wards and were asking both to be considered for a full Monty. […]

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14 Mar 2017

Do the small things – St David’s advice for the NHS

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Well, dear Star Wards people, as you know we are totally committed to our motto of “small things making a big difference”, but we didn’t know it was a divine message! Have a read of this lovely blog for St David’s day from the ACE Paul Jenkins who is not only a very clever man, but also has been a […]

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17 Feb 2017

Animal Magic

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www.animal-magic.org.uk   Our lovely new website Animal-magic.org.uk will help you get past the obstacles to having pets on your ward and give you the compelling evidence base for the benefits of pets for people with mental illness. Our Top Ten Pet Points are: Pets are definitely allowed onto wards! The Care Quality Commission and the Department of […]

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