Psychology on the Wards

29 Aug 2017

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  By Dr John Hanna, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Highgate Mental Health Centre All ward-based staff know the sense of achievement acquired by successfully helping a service user through a purposeful admission which aids in recovery and social inclusion. Many or most also know the frustration involved in not feeling adequately trained or qualified to meet a major […]

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Sport Mirrors Life

22 Aug 2017

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    By Malcolm Rae, Former Joint Lead of the National Institute of Mental Health England (NIMHE) Sport mirrors life and its dramas and also mental health – its unpredictable outcomes, the plummeting of emotions and morale, and its uplifting experiences. Sport offers important messages for those involved in health and social care, on how we motivate, […]

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Implementing The 75 Ideas and Changing Attitudes

8 Aug 2017

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  We love sharing stories about inspirational Star Wards journeys! In this blog we hear from Daniel Hughes, an Activities Facilitator at Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust. Daniel works at Ward 2 which is part of Walkergate Park in Newcastle upon Tyne. The unit is a 16-bedded neuro-psychiatry unit for assessment and treatment […]

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Clearbrook’s Full Monty

20 Jul 2017

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Congratulations Tracy Kerry and team at Clearbrook ward for achieving the Full Monty! Back in April 2016 when they first embarked on their Star Wards journey, Clearbrook had many of the 75 ideas already in place and a couple which were partially achieved. It has taken them since April 2016, which was when they first […]

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Marsden Ward Full Monty

21 Jun 2017

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Marsden Ward ‘Living in the moment with us’   By Sam Wilson Marsden ward is part of a growing group of new fab Full Monty award winners at Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust! We were delighted to recently visit the older persons in Sunderland present the team with their much deserved Full Monty […]

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Roker Ward’s Full Monty

6 Jun 2017

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Mowbray Ward’s Full Monty

24 Apr 2017

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By Nic Higham   ‘Be passionate, be brave, be human, be skilled, be a leader, be approachable – BE YOU!’       Mowbray Ward, which is part of Monkwearmouth Hospital in Sunderland, is a specialist admission and assessment ward for older females with a primary diagnosis of dementia. One of the reasons the team […]

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Recovery Based Activity Teams

19 Apr 2017

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  “Don’t give up being positive!” – Recovery Based Activity Teams in Greater Manchester.   At Star Wards, we LOVE activities on wards – mainly because we know that patients and staff get so much good stuff from attending and hosting them. Good stuff like feeling part of a community, getting some relief from boredom, […]

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Bronte’s and Shelley’s Full Monty

29 Mar 2017

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By Geoff Brennan      Let me tell you a story. In 2016, at the headquarters of Star Wards, we received an e-mail and a detailed audit from yet another fab service. The service had implemented all 75 star wards ideas across two wards and were asking both to be considered for a full Monty. […]

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Do the small things – St David’s advice for the NHS

14 Mar 2017

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Well, dear Star Wards people, as you know we are totally committed to our motto of “small things making a big difference”, but we didn’t know it was a divine message! Have a read of this lovely blog for St David’s day from the ACE Paul Jenkins who is not only a very clever man, but also has been a […]

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