Star Wards Newsletter – Spring 2018

24 May 2018

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Cleadon Ward Does The Full Monty in Style

27 Mar 2018

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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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Well Done Full Monty Riding

20 Mar 2018

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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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A Big Star-Wardsy Well Done to Castleside

1 Mar 2018

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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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Full Monty – Ward three Walkergate Park Hospital

21 Feb 2018

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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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Every act of kindness creates a ripple

14 Feb 2018

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

8 Feb 2018

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

6 Feb 2018

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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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Five Monty Marathon

29 Jan 2018

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By Nic Higham, Inpatient Care Project Manager At the end of last year (2017), we were thrilled to present not one but five Full Monty trophies in a single day! Yep, that’s a new Star Wards record! The brilliant Full Monty achievers, all of which are part of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust […]

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Star Wards Website 2017 In Review

21 Jan 2018

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Another year has passed, and this gives us a perfect opportunity to reflect on what content in this site resonated most with our visitors in 2017. We’ve checked out the site stats and here are the most visited pages, blogs and downloads (cue drumroll). Throughout the following content (as well as the entire site) you’ll […]

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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:

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