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Wardipedia – 34. Appreciative culture

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Appreciative culture

There are zillions of books, gurus, websites and Post-it notes in the shape of company logos, all designed to help staff and customers feel appreciated. We can now reveal the Star Wards’ take on all this. Three words: “Thank you for…..” Oh. And another three: “Well done for….”

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Wardipedia – 35. Bring yourself to work day

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The real you Introduction No, this isn’t about getting a life sized cardboard cut-out photo of yourself printed and bringing it into work with you. This is about bringing the real you to work. Bring Yourself to Work Day (Bytwd to its friends. Sounds Welsh) is, you won’t swoon with surprise to learn, an American […]

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Wardipedia – 36. Role flexibility

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Shared interests Introduction What’s the best way of instantly boosting the skills available to your team, running more specialist activities for patients, increasing job and patient satisfaction, improving retention of great staff? With a budget of £0? It is simply using all the talents of all your staff. What unused potential can the staff team […]

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Wardipedia – 37. Arriving and leaving

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All my bags are packed Introduction Our first moments in a new environment are disproportionately important in setting the tone for the rest of the experience. Especially when the new environment is one that carries considerable anxiety or even terror. There are few times in life when we are sent somewhere against our will or […]

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Wardipedia – 38. Patients birthdays

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Make a wish! Introduction This is a simple one! We think it’s really important that birthdays are celebrated on the ward, if the patient wishes. Wishing of course being a birthday theme. Although we’re including here quite a few thought starter ideas for ward birthday parties, they don’t have to be expensive or elaborate. Simply […]

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Wardipedia – 39. Café

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Tea and empathy Introduction A mother arrives for her first visit to her son in a mental health hospital. She is bracing herself for some nineteenth century Hammer Horror film-set of a building… She’s put on a smart frock and a brave face but is tormented by what her adored son is going through and […]

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Wardipedia – 40. Senior managers

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From board to ward Introduction A recurrent theme in Wardipedia is the importance of staff seeing things from patients’ perspectives. The same equally applies to senior managers and their staff teams. The only way to get a strong grasp on what it’s like to be a patient, member of staff or visitor on the ward, […]

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Wardipedia – 41. Shopping options

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Buy in Introduction Online, offline, mail order, clothes, groceries, snacks, personal care, music… there’s so much to buy and so many ways to shop. Shopping can be fun, interesting and is often a necessity but sometimes very difficult to do when in hospital, especially while on a section. Mental health inpatients often feel very cut […]

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Wardipedia – 42. Charities

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Good feel causes Introduction Being able to contribute to others is increasingly being recognised as a powerful way of feeling better about ourselves. Lots of wards generously take part in all sorts of fund-raising, and awareness-raising, activities and these can be some of the most fun, satisfying and bonding days of the year for patients […]

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Wardipedia – 43. Going Green

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Thinking out of the refuse box Introduction Greenyness is great for healthier living, feeling positively connected with the world outside the ward, contributing to the local and global challenge of saving the planet. And of course many patients and staff will be passionate environmentalists and can provide lots of great ideas for gentler, more sustainable […]

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