IMAGINATION

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Imagination – what’s it like for the patient? Addressing 200,000 civil rights campaigners on August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King did not say: “I have a strategic initiative.” Imagination is the invisible but powerful engine of ward staff’s empathy, creativity and effectiveness. Staff have to continuously and energetically consider what it’s like for patients. It […]

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ACTIVITIES

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Activities – social, recreational, physical Wards are now offering patients a rich assortment of individual and group activities, from book clubs to tours of the local football club. These provide patients with not just stimulation but also comfortable social contact, skills and interests’ development, improved self-esteem – and increased safety! The National Audit on Violence […]

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GENEROSITY

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Generosity – sharing, kindness, giving As Action for Happiness put it: Or Dr Seuss (our second favourite doctor) “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It’s not.” Working on a mental health ward requires extraordinary personal and professional generosity, starting with the generosity of imagination which enables […]

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INVOLVEMENT

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Involvement – and information, inclusion, influence, independence The 5 ins. All crucial ingredients in inpatients having a therapeutic, empowering, admission which equips them well for maintaining their stability when they’re back home. (OK. We’ve stopped doing the in- thing now.) The fact that the government are very keen on patient autonomy isn’t a strong enough […]

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NEIGHBOURS

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Neighbours – and friends, family, fellow patients Being away from home and one’s social circle is hard, and much more so at a time when love, affection, familiarity, comfort and connection would really help cope with feeling really crap. Many friends and relatives of patients are tenacious and resilient about keeping in good contact during […]

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EMPATHY

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Empathy – for self and others The quality and skill of empathy is threaded through every one of the 77 Ideas, including this specific bunch. Ward staff carry out very non-random acts of kindness through every shift, as well as all those additional and spontaneous acts of generosity which punctuate patients’ time in hospital. Many […]

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