Wardipedia – 26. Ward newsletter

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Making the headlines Introduction Producing a ward newsletter can feel like a daunting amount of work. But it’s a great way of providing your patients, staff and friends and family with up-to-date information, creating a sense of community, involvement and inclusion and having fun. Newsletters can also be creative, showcasing patient artwork, poetry and short […]

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Wardipedia – 27. Books

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The great escape “There is no friend as loyal as a book” – Ernest Hemingway Introduction Being on an acute ward is a great opportunity to catch up with reading, or embark on what could be a lifetime of reading pleasure. Although many patients, particularly soon after they have been admitted, are too distressed or disoriented […]

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Wardipedia – 30. Fun indoor sports

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Crazy golf and friends Introduction A traditional English summer day, with plenty of rain? A group of elderly patients? A bunch of young patients? Protected engagement time? All an ideal opportunity for some indoor sports. We pitch a load of ideas below, and our bias will soon be evident. . There are the classic snooker […]

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Wardipedia – 31. Dance

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Move to the groove Introduction Mental health wards are tough places to be. To work in, to be cared for, to visit. Dance is exuberant, connecting, expressive – a real tonic. Hospitals in Cuba have a head start because the country is alive with music and dance, in the street, on buses and we’d imagine […]

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Wardipedia – 32. Football

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The beautiful game Introduction Simply having a football that can be kicked around the ward garden is very helpful, not just for a bit of exercise, but because kicking the ball back and forth is a mellow way for patients, staff and visitors to connect with each other. But an increasing number of non-acute wards […]

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Wardipedia – 33. Men’s stuff

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It’s a bloke thing Introduction Nick McMaster, Lead Activities Facilitator at Sussex Partnership Trust was struck by the challenges of motivating the guys on the ward to get involved in activities. His creative, practical response was Doing Stuff! 25 imaginative activities for male mental health inpatient groups by. We’re very inspired by Nick’s fabulous work […]

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Wardipedia – 39. Café

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Tea and empathy Introduction A mother arrives for her first visit to her son in a mental health hospital. She is bracing herself for some nineteenth century Hammer Horror film-set of a building… She’s put on a smart frock and a brave face but is tormented by what her adored son is going through and […]

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Wardipedia – 42. Charities

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Good feel causes Introduction Being able to contribute to others is increasingly being recognised as a powerful way of feeling better about ourselves. Lots of wards generously take part in all sorts of fund-raising, and awareness-raising, activities and these can be some of the most fun, satisfying and bonding days of the year for patients […]

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Wardipedia – 19. Gardening

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Green fingers, green socks Introduction Gardening offers a unique combination of physical, emotional, spiritual and sensory pleasures. Patients can spend a leisurely morning in the sun, pulling out a few weeds, or do a full day’s aerobic and horticultural workout in an allotment. And if there’s no sun or allotment, most wards now have access […]

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Wardipedia – 65. Pointless national days

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Happy Pointless National Day! Introduction And what a choice you have. There’s National Donald Duck day, National Chip week (clearly too important to restrict to a single day) and (Jewish) Marion’s favourite –  Hug a Jew day. (She hasn’t yet been able to persuade her therapist that this is the one day of the year […]

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