3 Apr 2019

Beech Ward’s Full Monty

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By the Beech Ward Team, Devon Partnership NHS Trust We had been using the Star Wards site for several years before considering applying for the Full Monty and undertaking a more formal process of working through the ideas. We frequently used it for improvement ideas for such a long time that by the most recent […]

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27 Mar 2019

The unique unicorn

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By Geoff Brennan Sometimes you just have to say WOW! Today, I attended the award party for Cygnet Healthcare’s Unicorn ward (it was called Haven but the young people of the ward preferred Unicorn – and they changed it). I can honestly say I was overwhelmed with admiration for what they have done. Not just me […]

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11 Mar 2019

Trusts support people to use tools to improve services

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By Geoff Brennan, Chief Executive Bright To be honest, much as we love them, Star Wards, CAMHeleon and Safewards are just tools. Shiny and lovely and suited for their purpose, but just tools. A hammer never built a house. A chisel never carved a statue. A saucepan never cooked a meal. People do those things. […]

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8 Feb 2019

Star Wards Website Stats 2018 in Review

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It’s February 2019 already. What happened? Well, now we’ve just realised how quickly this year is progressing, it seems like a good time to take a look at last year’s site stats. We always enjoy seeing what content gets the most clicks from you, our lovely loyal visitors. We hope the site continues to be […]

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20 Dec 2018

Inspired to be the first Australia Full Monty

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By Melissa Angelone  Earlier this year I had the absolute pleasure of visiting adult and older person’s mental health services based in Grimsby, Sunderland, and Newcastle upon Tyne.  After attending a conference in Australia where Geoff presented on the fantastic program that is Star Wards, and all the wonderful work being undertaken to support and […]

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6 Dec 2018

Mental Health Act 2018

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By Geoff Brennan, Executive Director The Mental Health Act was a major player in the creation of Star Wards. Many years ago, our founder, Marion Janner, was admitted under section. She experienced a hospital that was full of potential, but existed in a system that lacked imagination. Marion was and is forever grateful for the […]

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30 Nov 2018

Help Fundraise for Bright by Shopping Via ‘Give as You Live’

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Did you know that you can raise vital funds for Bright (Voluntary Sector Communications) for FREE when you do your Christmas shopping online via Give as you Live? Whether you are buying the perfect present, looking for dazzling decorations or ordering the family’s festive feast, remember to shop online via Give as you Live and raise money […]

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2 Nov 2018

Some news about the Star Wards site

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To help you to access all our resources easily and to reduce Bright’s costs (the little charity behind Star Wards), we’ve moved some of our online content to starwards.org.uk. As well as the original 75 ideas to validate existing good mental health ward practice and to inspire further service development, the Star Wards website is […]

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23 Oct 2018

Please Vote For Star Wards

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Help us to keep helping wards by voting for us We’ve applied for the Aviva Community Fund, and happily, we’ve been accepted. But we now need your vote to make it possible for us to reach the Finals, where a judging panel will award the funds. It’s totally free for NHS hospitals to take part […]

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10 Oct 2018

Going Yellow for World Mental Health Day 2018

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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.