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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10 Feb 2017

Developing my emotional resilience muscles

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    By Marion Janner I hope you’ve enjoyed the last few newsletters which are now headed by Star Wards’ new Director Geoff Brennan. Keep an eye out for a new newsletter coming very soon. Since handing over to Geoff in January from my very active role with Star Wards, I’ve been reflecting on the […]

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15 Dec 2016

Getting Eventful

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      In the December 2016 edition of the ‘Imagine’ Newsletter, I was really proud to feature the work of some the talented staff from the ward I work on. On our ward, we dedicated the day prior to our unit wide smoking ban to hosting a wellbeing day to promote to our patients […]

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14 Dec 2016

Star Wards Newsletter – Christmas 2016

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Welcome back to the Winter 2016 edition of Imagine, the Star Wards Newsletter dedicated to our members! It’s been a tough year, folks. I suspect that many people come to the end of 2016 with relief and some concerns for the future. You won’t need me to put any detail into those sentences, and I’m [...] read blog
12 Oct 2016

Star Wards awakens an engaging online force

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  By Nic Higham First published in print: 05 October 2016. Mental Health Practice. 20, 2, 12-12.     How a charity that focuses on improving inpatient experiences by making small changes has inspired and motivated staff and service users alike. An online resource has been set up by Star Wards, the project using small […]

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29 Sep 2016

Our first “Star Home” – Castle Hill Home, Bodmin

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  By Geoff Brennan   Maria was born in Italy, but came to the UK in 1955. Janet has seven great-grandchildren. Both are residents of Castle Hill care home in Bodmin, and Marie tells me that Janet was the main reason she decided to be a resident. “When I came here with my Daughter I […]

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14 Sep 2016

Sharing News and Experiences About Ward Life

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  By Sam Wilson   Hello everyone! It’s nice to be back behind the keyboard talking about my experience of life on a ward. In this blog I want to mull over some thoughts about sharing news and ideas with other staff members and patients in your ward community. But let me start with a […]

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14 Sep 2016

Star Wards Newsletter Autumn 2016

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Low on ink? Download a print-friendly version here

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14 Sep 2016

Delightful Durham!

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    By Geoff Brennan Whenever we give out a Full Monty, we meet staff and patients who humble and inspire us. So, this July, when I went to the beautiful cathedral city of Durham, I was expecting to be impressed.  I have to tell you, I was more than impressed –  I was blown […]

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