How can psychiatric wards become better, healthier places? Your suggestions please! What would make a difference to your experience of inpatient psychiatric care? What would make it more therapeutic? What would make wards healthier, better places – whether that’s a small tweak or more substantial changes?
I’d like to hear especially from mental health patients who’ve spent time on a psychiatric ward, but all suggestions are welcome including those from staff and carers: we all share the ward environment together, after all. This isn’t just about giving patients a “nice time” on ward but about making wards healthier – and produce better health outcomes for people.
Format of this blog post:
- Tweets from the lovely twitter people about how to make wards better, healthier places
- Patients can experience wards as untherapeutic, even coercive, places
- Resources on making wards better, healthier places
- Writing by others on this topic
1. Tweets where people share what they think would make wards better, healthier places:
- How can psychiatric wards be made better, healthier places
- How can psychiatric wards be made better, healthier places (some more)
Selection of some tweets from those Storify stories:
2. Patients can experience wards as untherapeutic even coercive places:
- From A Day in the Life Mental Health (May 2015)
- Do you remember your first time? (November 2014)
- Coercion in a locked psychiatric ward: Perspectives of patients and staff (2013)
- Experiences of Patients in Acute and Closed Psychiatric Wards: A Systematic Review (2015)
However, shining a light only on poor experiences in psychiatric care isn’t enough to bring about positive changes. It’s not enough for staff and services to know what to leave behind: they also need to know where to head towards. Please help me share with others your views of how inpatient wards can become better, healthier places.
- Code of Practice to the Mental Health Act (January 2015)
- Do the right thing: How to judge a good ward – Ten standards for adult in-patient mental health care – Royal College of Psychiatrists (June 2011)
- Mental Health Advocacy and Human Rights: Your Guide (2013) – British Institute of Human Rights
- NICE Guidelines (December 2011) – Service User Experience in Adult Mental Health – improving the experience of care for people using adult NHS mental health services (Clinical guidelines CG136) – “This clinical guidance offers evidence-based advice on ensuring a good experience of care for people who use adult NHS mental health services.” These are the standards to which to hold NHS care providers.
- Star Wards – Strapline: “Inspiring inpatient care”. Set up by Marion Janner (Twitter @starwards) – to promote excellence in inpatient mental health care. “75 practical, mainly low-cost & easy to implement ideas form Star Wards’ core, but our role is increasingly as a catalyst to change through inspiring, collecting and disseminating best practice in inpatient care.”
- Twenty Commandments for Mental Health Workers by Nurse with Glasses (Twitter: @Nurse_w_glasses), a Dutch community mental health nurse. Take a read, as she says, “because it’s not always as self-evident as we want it to be”.
- Wardipedia – “A world of ward knowledge”, the website from Marion Janner (Twitter: @starwards). “Welcome to Wardipedia: a collection of ideas, examples, information and research about therapeutic mental health inpatient care.” (Twitter: @wardipedianews)
4. Writing by others on the topic of how to make ward experiences better:
- The inpatient experience: how can we make it better? Georgia Rambles blog, Dr Georgia Belam @georgiabelam (28 October 2015)