Wardipedia – 72. Complementary therapies

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Hands on healing Introduction Hand massage, head massage, aromatherapy, reflexology…. Whatever the technical healing properties of different complementary therapies, there’s no question that patients find these experiences soothing and pleasurable. Wards are increasingly offering complementary therapies by suitably qualified practitioners, whether: Staff Ward staff Physios OTs Volunteers Experienced but pre-qualification practitioners The (excessive but don’t […]

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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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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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Wardipedia – 02. Mono-consultants

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Go one better Introduction The consultant playing table tennis with a patient or sitting in on community meetings? Patients knowing the consultant only by their first name? The consultant and a patient chatting about how soap operas influence people’s views about mental illness? It’s got to be a ward which has just one consultant. The […]

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Wardipedia – 04. Ladder of priorities

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First things first Introduction This is one of many truly superb ideas from the book If Disney Ran Your Hospital by Fred Lee, who has had senior positions both at Disney and in an American hospital. The ladder of priorities astutely recognises how often staff are placed in seemingly impossible dilemmas between apparently equally important […]

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Wardipedia – 77. Happy

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Still smiling after all those shifts Introduction Being happy working on a mental health ward. We’re not being trite or in any way under-estimating how super-demanding it is working in this environments at the best of times. Which these are definitely not. Here’s how our good (and much-mentioned in Wardipedia!) pal Henry Stewart from Happy […]

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ACTIVITIES

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Activities – social, recreational, physical Wards are now offering patients a rich assortment of individual and group activities, from book clubs to tours of the local football club. These provide patients with not just stimulation but also comfortable social contact, skills and interests’ development, improved self-esteem – and increased safety! The National Audit on Violence […]

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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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