14 Jul

Music and movement “Cheers you up”

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By Wendy Hughes, Assistant Practitioner Physiotherapy Inpatient Services, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust I deliver as part of my role as Physiotherapy Assistant Practitioner a Rise and Shine session every morning on the Older Persons wards which can be chair exercise to movement with a soft ball. I always deliver these sessions to music as […]

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6 Jun

Ellie is Fundraising for Star Wards – The Great British Open Water Swim Off

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By Ellie Walsh RNMH   24 hours 3 countries 1 focus!   In 2006, I started my first ward manager post on an acute ward, it was recognised as failing but the service had a vision for the future. I was sent to an awards ceremony somewhere near Stafford not understanding what I was going […]

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24 May

Star Wards Newsletter – Spring 2018

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27 Mar

Cleadon Ward Does The Full Monty in Style

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By Nic Higham Cleadon ward has been a member of Star Wards for two years but they never felt that they’d be in a position to apply for the full Monty award. That was until December 2017 when they benchmarked themselves against the 75 ideas. Cleadon, which is run by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS […]

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20 Mar

Well Done Full Monty Riding

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Guest blog by Carol Oliver – Ward manager, Riding ward at Ferndene Unit.   We are an inpatient unit for young people, offering assessment and treatment. Our patients have mild to moderate learning disability or moderate to severe learning disability. They are admitted to Riding require assessment and treatment for complex mental health / behavioural […]

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1 Mar

A Big Star-Wardsy Well Done to Castleside

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A big Star-Wardsy well done to Castleside ward for achieving the Full Monty Award! Castleside is an inpatient unit for older people with mental health problems arising from organic disorders such as dementia. On my visit to the ward, staff told me that it was encouraging to see that many of the 75 ideas were […]

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21 Feb

Full Monty – Ward three Walkergate Park Hospital

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  By Geoff Brennan, Executive Director Star Wards   “It has been a very positive process to recognise and acknowledge the excellent work which the whole team have already undertaken and identified other possibilities for further developments.” – Dawn Young, Ward Manager – spot on comment as you will see! If you are a keen reader […]

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14 Feb

Every act of kindness creates a ripple

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  By Nic Higham, Inpatient Care Project Manager   Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.  – Scott Adams   Star Wards is all about random (and organised) acts of kindness. And even though it’s International Random Acts of Kindness Week this […]

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8 Feb

The Mental Health Act review needs to know what patients (and carers) think!

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  By Geoff Brennan, Executive Director, Star Wards Unless you have been on a trip to Mars, you will know there is a major review of the mental health act going on. If you follow us on twitter you will have seen us tweet about the survey for patients and their carers. We have also posted […]

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6 Feb

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 and Unique Recovery Journeys

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By Nic Higham – Children and Young People Lead, CAMHeleon   This week is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (5-11 February 2018). This year’s campaign is all about inspiring children, young people and adults to celebrate their uniqueness. Being at-ease with who they are is so important which is why the hashtag #BeingOurselves is being […]

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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. You can donate on the website or discuss fundraising by e-mailing here. Thank you for all you do.