Wardipedia – 02. Mono-consultants

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Go one better Introduction The consultant playing table tennis with a patient or sitting in on community meetings? Patients knowing the consultant only by their first name? The consultant and a patient chatting about how soap operas influence people’s views about mental illness? It’s got to be a ward which has just one consultant. The […]

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Wardipedia – 01. Consultant appointments

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Time’s up for ward rounds Introduction If someone was to devise a system that disrupted ward life, drained nurses’ time and provoked anxiety and anger among patients, it would be The Ward Round. Bad things happen when ward rounds are taking place – more incidents, more attempted suicide, more patients going missing. Groovy (and effective) […]

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Wardipedia – 06. Animals

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Furry, fluffy, feathery, finny friends

Pets as therapy, companions, joy-bringers, motivators, exercisers, soothers…. Being with animals is one of the best, and simplest ways of improving hospital experience for everyone, and lots of wards are finding creative ways around the obstacles.

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Wardipedia – 01. Consultant appointments

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Time’s up for ward rounds Introduction If someone was to devise a system that disrupted ward life, drained nurses’ time and provoked anxiety and anger among patients, it would be The Ward Round. Bad things happen when ward rounds are taking place – more incidents, more attempted suicide, more patients going missing. Groovy (and effective) […]

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Wardipedia – 03. Therapeutic liaison worker

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TLC from the TLWs Introduction The role of ‘Therapeutic Liaison Worker’ (TLW) was originally created on Ashby Ward at the Bradgate Mental Health Unit in Leicester by Nic Higham,  a Healthcare Support Worker. (Happily for Star Wards, Nic now works with us!) The unit recognised the need for a role on acute wards to help […]

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Wardipedia – 11. Peer supporters

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He ain’t heavy Introduction What’s one of the best kinds of therapy for aiding recovery from mental health problems? We think it’s peer support. Peer supporters provide a first-hand insight into the impact of the issues patients experience. Drawing on their own experience they can provide reassurance and support and point to light at the […]

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Wardipedia – 10. Creative communicating

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It’s all improv. Introduction It’s sometimes difficult enough to have conversations with patients when they’re in a relatively good mental state. It can feel overwhelmingly daunting to connect with people who have additional communication difficulties, whether through cognitive impairment (eg dementia or learning disability) or overwhelming emotional states (eg paranoia). Creative communicating makes best use […]

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Wardipedia – 09. Engagement is the thing

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Time well spent Introduction More and more wards are moving away from the traditional, very passive (and generally disliked by patients!) practice of ‘observing’ patients as a primary way of trying to keep the ward safe. They feel that using the term and perfecting the practice of ‘engaging’ with patients is much more constructive, and […]

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Wardipedia – 08. Community meetings

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A meeting of minds Introduction Focus group, customer service forum, group therapy, democratic community meeting, therapeutic community meeting, trade/student union meeting. Meetings don’t come more complex than ward community meetings! The variety of names reflects both the multiple aims and also, perhaps, ambiguity about their purpose and value – eg therapeutic community meetings, ward  meetings, […]

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Wardipedia – 07. Mentalising

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Mind awareness Introduction We love the concept of ‘mentalising’. OK, not the name itself which is a bit naff but does have the soundest of origins in psychoanalytic and attachment theories. Mentalising simply means being aware of what’s going on in our own minds and in other people’s minds. Mainly thoughts and feelings, but of […]

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