24 Oct 2017

Joanna Cannon – another artist in our psychiatric midst

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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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19 Oct 2017

The whole unit was buzzing

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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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17 Oct 2017

Ensuring the safety of service users, staff and visitors

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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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13 Oct 2017

Bright’s response to the Mental Health Act Review

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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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11 Oct 2017

“Mighty things from small beginnings grow”

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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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3 Oct 2017

Improving Patient-Centred Care: 10 Customer Service Tips

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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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19 Sep 2017

Creating therapeutic acute care environments

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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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14 Sep 2017

Making Mental Health Wards Great Places to Work

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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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13 Sep 2017

Stephenson Ward’s Full Monty

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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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29 Aug 2017

Psychology on the Wards

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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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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.