|Welcome to the latest newsletter and a warm welcome to the new members of the network. I won’t go on and on about the survey again, to leave lots of space for this fortnight’s featured hospital – Huntercombe in Roehampton. This is an independent hospital and the first one we’ve written up. There are clearly very different financial arrangements than in NHS hospitals, although interestingly all their patients are referred from the NHS. The most striking difference between Huntercombe and I think every NHS hospital we’re in touch with, is the extensive provision of individual and group psychotherapy. And not just CBT! Please do let me know if I’ve unwittingly overlooked the provision of talking therapies in your hospital.
News from trusts – Huntercombe Hospital, Roehampton
Andy Johnstone has sent me a pretty mind-blowing report on how the hospital is already implementing most of Star Wards’ 75 ideas. But it’s not at all complacent and seems keen to adapt the excellent practices in other hospitals described in previous newsletters. The report is much longer than our statutory 2 page newsletter limit, but it’s on our website. The hospital provides specialist programmes focused towards several conditions including people who are behaviourally disturbed, high-dependency, resistant to treatment, dual diagnosis or have personality disorders. What’s included below are those practices which haven’t been covered in previous newsletters.
1. Recreation and conversation
2. Physical health and activity
4. Care Planning
5. Talking therapies and self-management
7. Patient responsibility
All the best