Wardipedia – 21. Art

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Art for hearts’ sake Introduction Some patients (and staff) can be turned off or scared off by the ‘A’ word. So sometimes this is about explaining that artisticness can take many forms; it’s not just about painting. Language is important here, too. ‘Creative Expression’ may go down better than ‘Art Therapy’. The key message to […]

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Wardipedia – 23. Media

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Moving images Introduction TV is a central, but scarcely considered and definitely under-developed ward resource. The telly can be a wonderful source of interesting, funny, important things to talk about, while the programmes are going on. And you can build on ideas stimulated by what’s on, to enjoy activities before, during and after the programmes. […]

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Wardipedia – 47. Minority languages

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FOUND in translation Poster for Lost in Translation – in Hebrew. Introduction Imagine walking into a new job or social situation where nobody speaks your language. How do you find out what the routine is? Ask for the toilet? Talk to someone about how you’re feeling? Many people for whom English is a second language, […]

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Wardipedia – 54. Handovers

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From me to you Introduction As you know, handovers are an important part of ward life. This idea is about:- Providing activity (or activity resources) when handovers are taking place Being mindful about patients’ perspective / impression Cutting down the time it takes to do them and Increasing organisation and effectiveness of handovers Handovers can […]

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Wardipedia – 59. Social media

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Keep clicking! Introduction In the old days, patients may have turned up fully armed with a pen and some paper. Nowadays their bags can contain mobile phones, smart phones with full internet access, ipads, laptops, e-readers (which might also have internet access). Thus equipped, patients are able to continue to their daily social, work, leisure, […]

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Wardipedia – 10. Creative communicating

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It’s all improv. Introduction It’s sometimes difficult enough to have conversations with patients when they’re in a relatively good mental state. It can feel overwhelmingly daunting to connect with people who have additional communication difficulties, whether through cognitive impairment (eg dementia or learning disability) or overwhelming emotional states (eg paranoia). Creative communicating makes best use […]

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Wardipedia – 09. Engagement is the thing

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Time well spent Introduction More and more wards are moving away from the traditional, very passive (and generally disliked by patients!) practice of ‘observing’ patients as a primary way of trying to keep the ward safe. They feel that using the term and perfecting the practice of ‘engaging’ with patients is much more constructive, and […]

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Wardipedia – 08. Community meetings

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A meeting of minds Introduction Focus group, customer service forum, group therapy, democratic community meeting, therapeutic community meeting, trade/student union meeting. Meetings don’t come more complex than ward community meetings! The variety of names reflects both the multiple aims and also, perhaps, ambiguity about their purpose and value – eg therapeutic community meetings, ward  meetings, […]

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Wardipedia – 05. Relational security

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Trusting safety Introduction Patients (like everyone including staff) are relational beings and have powerful feelings about and responses to other people. The impressively low levels of aggression and violence on wards (given their complexity, constraints and populations) is largely thanks to patients feeling listened to, cared for and safe. This in turn helps patients trust […]

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Wardipedia – 75. Reflective practice groups

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Releasing time to share That’s the gag, and the point really, in homage to the very excellent Productive Ward. It’s essential to release time for staff to share in order to cope with the emotional impact of all the time released to care. Reflective practice groups are a sanity-protecting opportunity for staff to express the […]

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