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Wardipedia – 76. Good night

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Good night

Night-time on wards can be relaxed and satisfying, or deeply fraught and disturbed. Many patients require high levels of care, there are many of the same tasks and challenges as earlier in the day plus many other duties and dilemmas particular to the night. Sleep being the obvious one.

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Wardipedia – 67. Ward culture of empathy

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Tea and empathy Introduction Mental health inpatient care is rooted in empathy – the ability to share in another’s emotions. This is the personal quality, and professional skill, that is most cherished by patients (but sometimes difficult to maintain when under intense and sustained pressure). Arguably, all the 77 ideas have empathy at their heart, […]

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Wardipedia – 68. Talking therapies

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Beyond CBT…. Introduction Talking therapies, psychologically minded staff, mentalising… all as essential as medication on inpatient wards. (And usually without the nasty side-effects often inflicted by medication.) A patient may be  continuing with their pre-hospital therapy or experiencing psychotherapeutic  relief, challenges and changes for the first time. Medication does wonders in knocking some symptoms on […]

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Wardipedia – 69. Therapeutic interior design

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Easy on the eye, warm in the heart Introduction Some of the best practice we’ve seen has been in some of the worst designed environments we’ve seen. But, the staff  have to put vast effort into counter-acting the safety, social and therapeutic impact of inappropriate environments. Hospitals burdened by old buildings (even the 1970s produced […]

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Wardipedia – 70. Comfort objects

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Touchy feely Introduction Cuddly toys, snuggly blankets, toys, photos, ornaments, clothing (eg fluffy dressing gowns), pillows…. Certain objects soothe, reassure and comfort us. They provide an emotional anchor to ‘feel good’ memories or associations, making us feel a little bit better in the here and now. Some of the classic features include soft, tactile, or […]

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Wardipedia – 71. Housekeeping heroes

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Making hospital hospitable Introduction The ward environment and services are major influences on the quality of inpatients’ stay. In appreciation of this, the Government has supported the introduction of ward housekeepers in mental health hospitals. Housekeepers, cleaners, domestic and catering staff are the unsung heroes of inpatient wards. They’re principally focused on the needs of […]

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Wardipedia – 72. Complementary therapies

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Hands on healing Introduction Hand massage, head massage, aromatherapy, reflexology…. Whatever the technical healing properties of different complementary therapies, there’s no question that patients find these experiences soothing and pleasurable. Wards are increasingly offering complementary therapies by suitably qualified practitioners, whether: Staff Ward staff Physios OTs Volunteers Experienced but pre-qualification practitioners The (excessive but don’t […]

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Wardipedia – 73. Addiction support

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Rehab. Introduction “In the past, the idea of recovery has sometimes  been  equated with abstinence. More recently, however, a new kind of recovery-based approach has been  developed as a basis for consensus across the drug field. It acknowledges that different people  will need  different kinds of services  at different times, and shifts the focus to […]

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Wardipedia – 74. Samaritans

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Good for patients, good for staff, good for you. Introduction Samaritans are truly amazing. Their emotional support to individuals is not only 24/7, not only by phone, email, letter, text or face-to-face, but also includes brilliant work in the local community, visiting schools, prisons and workplaces. And they run the awesome Listeners scheme in prisons: […]

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Wardipedia – 75. Reflective practice groups

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Releasing time to share That’s the gag, and the point really, in homage to the very excellent Productive Ward. It’s essential to release time for staff to share in order to cope with the emotional impact of all the time released to care. Reflective practice groups are a sanity-protecting opportunity for staff to express the […]

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