12 Oct

Star Wards awakens an engaging online force

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  By Nic Higham First published in print: 05 October 2016. Mental Health Practice. 20, 2, 12-12.     How a charity that focuses on improving inpatient experiences by making small changes has inspired and motivated staff and service users alike. An online resource has been set up by Star Wards, the project using small […]

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29 Sep

Our first “Star Home” – Castle Hill Home, Bodmin

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  By Geoff Brennan   Maria was born in Italy, but came to the UK in 1955. Janet has seven great-grandchildren. Both are residents of Castle Hill care home in Bodmin, and Marie tells me that Janet was the main reason she decided to be a resident. “When I came here with my Daughter I […]

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14 Sep

Sharing News and Experiences About Ward Life

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  By Sam Wilson   Hello everyone! It’s nice to be back behind the keyboard talking about my experience of life on a ward. In this blog I want to mull over some thoughts about sharing news and ideas with other staff members and patients in your ward community. But let me start with a […]

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14 Sep

Delightful Durham!

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    By Geoff Brennan Whenever we give out a Full Monty, we meet staff and patients who humble and inspire us. So, this July, when I went to the beautiful cathedral city of Durham, I was expecting to be impressed.  I have to tell you, I was more than impressed –  I was blown […]

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22 Aug

An interview with Nina Martynchyk on Talk Radio

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This is an enormously touching and inspiring interview with Nina Martynchyk, our brilliant Service User Consultant, on Talk Radio which aired on 19th August 2016. Nina is involved in CAMHeleon, our CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) project.        

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8 Jun

Buddies for Young People’s Wellbeing

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8th June 2016 By Nic Higham, Inpatient Care Project Manager at Star Wards Friends and loved ones can make a big difference to young people facing mental health challenges; they can be a vital influence in helping someone get the treatment and services they need. Parents, carers, teachers, friends or fellow students are usually the […]

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7 Apr

An exciting new CAMHS website from Star Wards!

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  Hello Lovely Star Wards Member! Working on a CAMHS ward is one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs in healthcare. It’s also one of the most important, for how this work is put into action shapes in part the unique recovery journeys of the next generation, their breadth of life skills, and their perceptions about […]

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18 Mar

Article – Ward Stars Make Star Wards

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By Nic Higham   “We are always there to help and support each other, however big or small it may be. The ripple effect of HCAs’ generosity is far-reaching.”     A few months back I wrote an article for British Journal of Healthcare Assistants about the exemplary work three organisations have been doing to embed […]

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16 Mar

Kentmere’s Full Monty

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By Nic Higham I recently visited Kentmere ward in picturesque Kendal to give them their much deserved Full Monty award. As soon as I walked through the door a real sense of connection and community became clear to me. There are many reasons why Kentmere have achieved the ward, but I’ll just focus on a […]

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20 Jan

You say Star Wards, and I say Safewards

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  By Geoff Brennan   “You say Star Wards, and I say Safewards.”   I was recently asked for information or articles about Safewards and Star Wards working together.  Well, I hate to say it – but there aren’t any. So here I am, trying to plug that particular gap. Actually, I have been mulling […]

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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:

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