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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

Aviva Community Fund
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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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2 Aug 2018

Top Ten Tips for Mental Health Inpatient Care by Jonny Benjamin MBE

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The awesome Jonny Benjamin MBE serves up 10 fab tips on making mental health inpatient admissions happier     1. Remind patients that they will recover We can never hear it enough times!   2. Don’t be afraid to ask questions Whether or not medically related, questions lead to conversations which undoubtedly helps to build a connection between […]

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14 Jul 2018

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 2018

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 2018

Star Wards Newsletter – Spring 2018

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27 Mar 2018

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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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.