8 Feb 2018

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

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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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6 Feb 2018

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

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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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29 Jan 2018

Five Monty Marathon

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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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21 Jan 2018

Star Wards Website 2017 In Review

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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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15 Dec 2017

Akenside Ward’s Full Monty Award

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  By Nic Higham, Inpatient Care Project Manager   Well done Akenside for achieving the Full Monty award! Akenside is a mental health inpatient unit with 18 beds providing assessment, treatment and rehabilitation in Newcastle. The ward is part of the Campus of Ageing and Vitality which is operated by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS […]

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12 Dec 2017

Our Activity Transformation

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Guest Blog Hi, I’m Jim Armstrong. I’ve been working in mental health for over 25 years. Before this I worked in heavy engineering from leaving school (quite a career shift, hey!). I wanted to work with people, while being hands-on and practical. For the last year I’ve been working as part of Lowry and Collingwood […]

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25 Nov 2017

Newton ward is presented the Full Monty award

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Congratulations goes to Newton ward on completing their 75 Star Wards ideas benchmarking sheet and Full Monty report! Newton, which is a unit for men over the age of 18 years, is based within Urgent Care Services at St Georges Park in Northumberland, includes assessment and treatment and rehabilitation. The ward has a specific role […]

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24 Nov 2017

Kinnersley’s Full Monty Award

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By Nic Higham, Inpatient Care Project Manager   Congratulations to Kinnersley for achieving the Star Wards Full Monty award! Kinnersley encompasses a range of independent living bungalows and houses in a homely “close” within St Georges Hospital in Northumberland. What a fabulous concept. A 6 bedded core house is also provided for males who require additional […]

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9 Nov 2017

Blue Nile House Full Monty

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  By Geoff Brennan One bite of Vincent’s Almond and Vanilla cake told me I was in a special place. I can taste it now, rich, not too sweet with a perfect balance of flavours. Fabulous. But I am getting ahead of myself. Blue Nile House, based in Chase Farm Hospital in North London was […]

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7 Nov 2017

Self-medication

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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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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. Thank you for all you do.