Self-medication

7 Nov 2017

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Guest blog by Steph Beale-Cocks, (mental health service user at time of writing – now an Eating Disorder Clinician) I have to be one of the worst people for taking meds. It doesn’t matter what it is I will either forget, not care, fear it, hide it, take too much, etc. – and for so many […]

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Joanna Cannon – another artist in our psychiatric midst

24 Oct 2017

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By Geoff Brennan, Executive Director, Star Wards   I know we are always saying how talented, creative and downright superb ward staff can be – but the we are constantly being proven right! So, if it’s alright with you, we’ll continue. Recently the amazing Joanna Cannon joined Star Wards on our new individual joining form. Here […]

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The whole unit was buzzing

19 Oct 2017

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Guest blog by Dolores O’ Doherty, Occupational Therapist at Hadrian Clinic, Newcastle Upon Tyne   We work at the Hadrian Clinic (Collingwood Court & Lowry Ward) in Newcastle which is an Acute Mental Health Unit. We achieved our Star Award on 13Th September 2017. The whole unit was buzzing on that morning as we awaited Nic Higham’s […]

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Ensuring the safety of service users, staff and visitors

17 Oct 2017

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  Guest blog by Dr. Colin Dale, Chief Executive, Caring Solutions (UK) Ltd In the middle of the 19th Century, Florence Nightingale said, ‘It may seem a strange principle to enunciate as a first requirement in a hospital, that it should do the sick no harm.’ One and a half centuries later it is difficult to […]

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Bright’s response to the Mental Health Act Review

13 Oct 2017

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  By Geoff Brennan, Executive Director, Star Wards Being detained under the mental health act is devastating. It is devastating for the person and devastating for their families and loved ones. But, as devastating as it is, it can (and should) be the start of healing. as it was for Bright’s founder, Marion Janner. In recent […]

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“Mighty things from small beginnings grow”

11 Oct 2017

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  By Paul Rooney, Joint National Lead CSIP/NIMHE Acute Care Programme   It’s Star Wards’ Eleventh Birthday! Who would have thought when Star Wards was launched in October 2006 that just 18 months later the majority of acute mental health wards in the country would be enthusiastically participating, with a number of other health services […]

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Improving Patient-Centred Care: 10 Customer Service Tips

3 Oct 2017

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By Phil Dourado     The language and practice of ‘customer service’ doesn’t always transfer easily over into healthcare. Developing customer loyalty, for example, is a preoccupation among firms in the private sector lately. But, it isn’t something we really want to encourage among patients: We want them to get well and not come back, […]

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Creating therapeutic acute care environments

19 Sep 2017

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  By Paul Rooney, Joint National Lead CSIP/NIMHE Acute Care Programme   When I was asked to write a piece on what is important in designing good acute care environments for mental health services, I started by listing some of the traditional key components; the ward, day unit, team base, etc. But, despite the need […]

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Making Mental Health Wards Great Places to Work

14 Sep 2017

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  By Henry Stewart, Chief Executive of Happy, rated 11th best place to work in the UK, in the 2006 Financial Times Best Workplaces list.   What can we learn from the UK’s best workplaces? Imagine that every mental health ward was staffed with highly motivated people who loved their jobs, were full of new […]

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Stephenson Ward’s Full Monty

13 Sep 2017

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Congratulations to Stephenson ward for achieving the Full Monty award! This superb Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) low secure ward at Ferndene unit in Prudhoe, Northumberland, has eight beds and provides assessment and treatment. Service users are aged from 14 to 18 years and have mild to moderate learning disability and require high levels […]

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