Star Wards’ Newsletter #11

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  Welcome to the latest newsletter and a warm welcome to the new members of the network, including all 13 (wow!) wards from South Birmingham and Sandwell trusts. There are now almost 100 wards piloting Star Wards! Thanks to the suggestion from the head of policy at the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health, we’re working […]

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Star Wards’ Newsletter #10

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  Welcome to the latest newsletter and a warm welcome to the new members of the network. You may remember reading in issue #7 about Hartlepool Hospital, which has embraced the Star Wards’ idea of comedy evenings. Thought you’d enjoy hearing, if you haven’t already, about a comedy room (sic) at Oxleas House in south […]

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SWAN Newsletter #9

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  Star Wards Action Network Welcome to the latest issue of SWAN. I went to the Delivering Race Equality conference and met two amazing women from New Zealand, Materoa Mar and Dr Sylvia alt Vorst. They are Maoris and are involved in providing, campaigning and planning for culturally appropriate services for Maori communities. For example: […]

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SWAN Newsletter #8

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  Star Wards Action Network Welcome to the latest issue of SWAN. Malcolm and I are in planning mode for the momentum meeting – the big get-together of all the pilot sites. It’s going to be an amazing day, with the sharing of excellence in practice from the most dynamic and effective wards in the […]

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SW Newsletter #58

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SW Newsletter #57

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SW Newsletter #57

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I hope your summer was delightful despite rain, cuts, riots plus the zillion daily challenges of inpatient care. My summer culminated in an unexpected but voluntary and highly therapeutic return to being an inpatient at St Ann’s. And there’s also a little ‘movie’ I flung together using photos I took while in hospital. For obvious […]

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SW Newsletter #56

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Hello lovely members I hope that you’re all well and coping with the multitude of obstacles continuously lobbed between you and the work you’re so committed to doing. The theme of the latest newsletter is supporting elderly patients, especially those with dementia. I’m increasingly struck by just how complex, sensitive, demanding and exhausting it is […]

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SW Newsletter #55

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  Hello lovely members We hope you’re coping with the snow, and fully appreciate just how remarkable and heroic it is that staff manage to make it into work, by car, bus, walking, sledges or skis. Perhaps we should have a national celebration (Star Wards doesn’t do competitions) of ward snowpeople. If you’ve got any […]

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SW Newsletter #54

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  Hello lovely Star Wards membersWithout any indecent haste, or any haste whatsoever, here, finally, is the latest Star Wards’ newsletter. I’m really sorry about the delay in getting this produced, but the up side is that as a result it’s a whopping 30 pager.You may already know that Mind are launching a major inquiry […]

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You might be wondering – what difference does Star Wards actually make to mental health wards? It’s a question we continuously ask ourselves, to make sure that we are having a positive impact. Well, we have over 800 wards signed up to receive our resources and, in the past, we have had Star Wards independently evaluated. A micro-summary of what our users have said is that wards who tried Star Wards ideas had:

This is not about us, it is about people like you. These improvements are down to your hard work. And you can check our newsletters for wards doing amazing things right now. So we are told we do help you make a difference – and we want to get better and be here to help you in the future. So, join up, join in and let us know your wonderful ideas – and if you can donate to us or fundraise for us, we would be delighted to hear from you. You can donate on the website or discuss fundraising by e-mailing here. Thank you for all you do.