|Feb 18th 2008
Margaret Stanhope Centre, Burton-on-Trent
Welcome to the Star Wards’ newsletter and a warm welcome to the new members of the Star Wards’ community. I hope the Margaret Stanhope Centre have recovered from my visit which included a display of snooker (or was it pool?) with a very patient patient who pretended it was fine to play as if it were table skittles. Paul Bowers is the very impressive (and tolerant!) ward manager whose breadth of achievements are particularly exciting.
For example, as you’ll know, it’s one thing to have good resources and run great activities, but another to motivate patients to participate, especially ‘spontaneously’. During the course of the half hour or so while we were chatting in the art room, 5 patients separately came in and most of them immediately settled into producing some art, whether painting, sewing or working with fabrics. The 5th would probably also have gone into Monet mode but I discovered she was Israeli and it was a rare chance to inflict my pathetic holiday Hebrew on someone. Another patient in the group told me she’d written to the local paper to say what a positive experience she’d had in hospital.
Did audit with trust audit team, referenced but wasn’t restricted to Essence of Care. Asked staff what skills they have that could be valuable to engaging with patients. Also an evaluation tool for service users which allowed us to capture not only their thoughts on what we had done, but also what they felt we could be doing instead/as well.
Creative range of funders.
Thanks again to Paul, colleagues and patients for making me so welcome, despite lack of skill in essential ward/pub activity. For further information please contact Paul:[email protected]
All the best