22 Oct 2014

CQC inpatients’ survey

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You’ve probably seen or heard about the findings of the Care Quality Commission’s Mental health acute inpatient service users survey 2009, released to an indifferent public last week. There wasn’t much media coverage, just an article in the Guardian: http://tinyurl.com/cqcsurveyguardian   The CQC describe the survey as follows: The survey of acute adult inpatient mental health […]

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22 Oct 2014

Hello again from marion

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Hello I’m sorry I’ve been so behind-the scenes (and occasionally wilting behind the scenery) the last few months. The bumpiness of my mental health at least meant I got to have a good old experiential catch-up on front-line Star Wards’ action. Yes, I popped back for my annual fortnight’s break at St Ann’s, Tottenham. As […]

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22 Oct 2014

The Independent Safeguarding Authority and the new Vetting and Barring Scheme

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The Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) was created following the recommendations of the Bichard Enquiry, which was set up in response to the Soham murders in 2002. The new Vetting and Barring Scheme will aim to help organisations increase their protection of children and vulnerable adults, by improving the current provisions for screening both potential and […]

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22 Oct 2014

Red Nose Day

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Lots of wards take the opportunity of Red Nose Day http://www.rednoseday.com for plenty of zany fun, and bucket-fulls of feeling good. This year’s Red Nose Day is particularly significant as Comic Relief has made even more of a commitment to mental health than previously. It’s one of the main themes of the day and they’ve also […]

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22 Oct 2014

Happy Internet Safety Day!

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Although Safer Internet Day and its resources are primarily directed towards protecting children, the issue of user-safety is still very relevant to adult wards because: We’re dealing with vulnerable adults here – and the info is valuable to vulnerable people of whatever age and ability there may be issues about protecting children from Internet use […]

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22 Oct 2014

CQC inpatients’ survey

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You’ve probably seen or heard about the findings of the Care Quality Commission’s Mental health acute inpatient service users survey 2009, released to an indifferent public last week. There wasn’t much media coverage, just an article in the Guardian: CQC describe the survey as follows: The survey of acute adult inpatient mental health services involved […]

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22 Oct 2014

A buddi for Buddy? And me??

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From the Daily Telegraph 2nd July 2009Mental health patients to be ‘tagged’ with GPS trackers Dangerous mental health patients are to be fitted with state-of-the-art GPS trackers by the NHS after a mental patient on the run murdered a pensioner. By Richard Edwards, Crime Correspondent Published: 7:00AM BST 02 Jul 2009   An NHS Trust […]

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10 Dec 2012

Help from my four-legged friends

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10 Dec 2012  Guest blog by Debbie Cleaveley                         Mental ill health. You never think it’s going to happen to you so when it does, it pulls your legs from under you and you fall into a blubbery heap of misery that feels totally, […]

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23 Jan 2012

See Me

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23/01/2013        By Nic Higham, Inpatient Care Consultant @ Star Wards   A few days back, I attended a staff training session at the mental health Trust I often do bank shifts at. In the dinner break I noticed a poem pinned up on a notice board. It really impacted me. I asked […]

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13 Nov 2011

Providing meaningful activity on a busy ward

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14 Nov 2012 Guest blog by Sam Wilson, Healthcare Support Worker Hi I’m Sam. I’m a healthcare support worker and I work in inpatient psychiatry. In this role I work alongside talented professionals such as qualified nurses and occupational therapists to provide therapeutic sessions to our inpatients. In this blog entry I hope to provide […]

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