Wardipedia – 03. Therapeutic liaison worker

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TLC from the TLWs Introduction The role of ‘Therapeutic Liaison Worker’ (TLW) was originally created on Ashby Ward at the Bradgate Mental Health Unit in Leicester by Nic Higham,  a Healthcare Support Worker. (Happily for Star Wards, Nic now works with us!) The unit recognised the need for a role on acute wards to help […]

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Wardipedia – 63. Volunteering

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Giving, getting, gaining Introduction Film clubs, funky felting, pampering groups and helping patients with their personal laundry. Volunteers are doing their kind, quirky, community thing in many or probably most wards in the country, whether it’s a church group coming for a weekly prayer meeting or a former patient occasionally acting as an informal advocate. […]

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Wardipedia – 66. Good news

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Media myth-busting Introduction There’s too much inaccurate, unhelpful and stigma-reinforcing stuff in the media about mentally ill people and not nearly enough about their achievements and those of staff whose skill and commitment contribute to these. The good news is that ward staff can help change public opinion about mental illness and about inpatient care! […]

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Wardipedia – 11. Peer supporters

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He ain’t heavy Introduction What’s one of the best kinds of therapy for aiding recovery from mental health problems? We think it’s peer support. Peer supporters provide a first-hand insight into the impact of the issues patients experience. Drawing on their own experience they can provide reassurance and support and point to light at the […]

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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 – 73. Addiction support

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Rehab. Introduction “In the past, the idea of recovery has sometimes  been  equated with abstinence. More recently, however, a new kind of recovery-based approach has been  developed as a basis for consensus across the drug field. It acknowledges that different people  will need  different kinds of services  at different times, and shifts the focus to […]

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GENEROSITY

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Generosity – sharing, kindness, giving As Action for Happiness put it: Or Dr Seuss (our second favourite doctor) “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It’s not.” Working on a mental health ward requires extraordinary personal and professional generosity, starting with the generosity of imagination which enables […]

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