Animal Magic – Confirmation That Animals Are Allowed

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

There are many ways in which patients can have contact with animals, and the Care Quality Commission have confirmed that animals are allowed on wards, subject to patients’ needs and Trust policies.

The legal situation page describes this in more detail – and all the specific legislation relates to animal welfare. There are also great examples from wards about managing infection control issues below.=

The head of infection control at the RCN provided this guidance, in addition to confirming there is nothing in the legislation which prohibits animals on wards – or indeed mentions animals! So it’s really down to the discretion of individual organisations:


  • the infection control profession regard proportionality as very important. So what is appropriate and proportionate for a surgical recovery ward mustn’t be used as criteria for what’s appropriate and proportionate on a mental health ward


  • it’s crucial to have good policies and procedures (see the policy page)


There are NICE guidelines which recommend that people with dementia in health and social care settings benefit from contact with animals: Dementia: supporting people with dementia and their carers in health and social care

Categories: Animal Magic


Click here to make a donation


You might be wondering – what difference does Star Wards actually make to mental health wards? It’s a question we continuously ask ourselves, to make sure that we are having a positive impact. Well, we have over 800 wards signed up to receive our resources and, in the past, we have had Star Wards independently evaluated. A micro-summary of what our users have said is that wards who tried Star Wards ideas had:

This is not about us, it is about people like you. These improvements are down to your hard work. And you can check our newsletters for wards doing amazing things right now. So we are told we do help you make a difference – and we want to get better and be here to help you in the future. So, join up, join in and let us know your wonderful ideas – and if you can donate to us or fundraise for us, we would be delighted to hear from you. Thank you for all you do.