22 Aug 2017

Sport Mirrors Life

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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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8 Aug 2017

Implementing The 75 Ideas and Changing Attitudes

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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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20 Jul 2017

Clearbrook’s Full Monty

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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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21 Jun 2017

Marsden Ward Full Monty

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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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6 Jun 2017

Roker Ward’s Full Monty

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14 Dec 2016

Star Wards Newsletter – Christmas 2016

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Welcome to the Christmas 2016 edition of Imagine, the Star Wards Newsletter dedicated to our members!

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24 Apr 2017

Mowbray Ward’s Full Monty

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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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19 Apr 2017

Recovery Based Activity Teams

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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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29 Mar 2017

Bronte’s and Shelley’s Full Monty

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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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14 Mar 2017

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

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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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