Wardipedia – 53. Bank staff

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Bank on us

Bank staff celebrated and appreciated. Acknowledgment and identity. New starters equipped. Knowledge and skills identified, utilised and developed. Organisation and orientation. Nurturing and support. Understanding and awareness. Solidarity and teamwork.

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Wardipedia – 36. Role flexibility

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Shared interests Introduction What’s the best way of instantly boosting the skills available to your team, running more specialist activities for patients, increasing job and patient satisfaction, improving retention of great staff? With a budget of £0? It is simply using all the talents of all your staff. What unused potential can the staff team […]

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Wardipedia – 62. Help with housing

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Homeward bound Introduction Ward staff are all too aware of the relationship between housing and mental health. Having a good home is central to everyone’s well-being, and unsuitable housing can be a significant factor in triggering a mental illness. Neighbours can be a major source of support, or conflict – or indifference. With swelling problems […]

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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 – 64. Money

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Poor no more? Introduction Patients are often very distressed or distracted about money problems. For some people, money problems may be the original source of stress and a key contributing factor in their illness; for others, their illness may make them more likely to worry about finances. The current (2012) prospect of savage cuts to […]

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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 – 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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Wardipedia – 74. Samaritans

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Good for patients, good for staff, good for you. Introduction Samaritans are truly amazing. Their emotional support to individuals is not only 24/7, not only by phone, email, letter, text or face-to-face, but also includes brilliant work in the local community, visiting schools, prisons and workplaces. And they run the awesome Listeners scheme in prisons: […]

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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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EMPATHY

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Empathy – for self and others The quality and skill of empathy is threaded through every one of the 77 Ideas, including this specific bunch. Ward staff carry out very non-random acts of kindness through every shift, as well as all those additional and spontaneous acts of generosity which punctuate patients’ time in hospital. Many […]

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