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Ward Stars is an exciting new validation and professional development scheme for Healthcare Assistants (HCAs) from Star Wards. Ward Stars helps make explicit those aspects of HCAs’ work particularly valued by mental health inpatients.

The process is structured around seven ‘Stars’ which are each focused on key themes of therapeutic inpatient care. Ward Stars offers an opportunity for HCAs to be acknowledged for their significant contribution to patients’ ward experience and treatment outcomes, to feel validated and appreciated through feedback and certificates, and to gain a sense of achievement for undertaking such a challenging, diverse and rewarding role.

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THE STARS...

Imagination

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Imagination creates empathy through being able to consider the situation and feelings of another person, which leads to compassion.

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Mindfulness

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Mindfulness is the art of staying in the moment and cultivating more acceptance. There are so many ways HCAs can help support patients’ recovery through mindfulness.

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Activities

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What’s sociable, recreational, physical, therapeutic and fun? Yes, ward activities! There are so many different types of groups on offer on wards nowadays.

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Involvement

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The Involvement Star is about helping inpatients to have a therapeutic, empowering, admission which equips them appropriately for maintaining their health and well-being when they’re back home.

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Neighbours

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The Neighbours Star is all about being aware and responsive to the importance of patients’ nearest and dearest, and of their wider social and community worlds.

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Empathy

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Of course the golden quality and skill of empathy is threaded through every one of the Ward Stars. Mental health inpatient care is rooted in empathy – the ability to share in another’s emotions.

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