Two projects have been selected as finalists in two different categories. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Tuesday 21st September 2021 in a black tie gala event at the Colwick Hall, Nottingham.
Project Name: Women’s Service Poetry Competition
Category: Recovery and the Arts
We are delighted to inform you that your project has been selected as a finalist for the NSUA 2021
The 2021 Events Team
See all of our finalists at www.nsua.org or on Twitter @nsuawards
See all Poetry at the end of this blog
Project Name: Women’s Service Sensory Gardens
Category: Health and Wellbeing
We are delighted to inform you that your project has been selected as a finalist for the NSUA 2021
The 2021 Events Team
Ruby Ward have been working on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and with the Michelle Marvell – Occupational Therapy Assistant came up with these
Within the PD service at Rampton we have been working on a creative project called ‘The Eleventh Hour’
The Eleventh hour is a project being led by occupational therapists within the Personality Disorder and National high Secure Deaf Services at Rampton Hospital.
Here patients and staff are working together to produce an exhibition of artwork, using the idea of military pin cushions, to honour and remember those who have both served in the armed forces/contributed to war efforts around the world.
The illustrations/themes depicted on the hearts are varied. Themes range from present day where the work of the armed forces is recognised to remembering and honouring the soldiers who fought in the Crimea war, WW!, and WW2, the work of the land girls, entertainers, poets, and animals who have served their country.
We aim to produce 48 of these hearts and bespoke frames are being made in the woodcrafts area within the PD service. Armed Forces week has been discussed by the groups working on this project. I have copied some of the hearts made so far below. There are now a lot more – I can sort photos for Monday if you need them. I can also provide more info about the project too.
“A Journey Through My Memories”
I have chosen to enter my work, which I have titled “A Journey Through My Memories”, into the Koestler Awards as I am proud of what I have achieved. I would also like the opportunity to share it with others.
The project came about because I have been working with my Occupational Therapist to produce my Life Story. We decided it would be a good idea to take some parts of my life and put them onto a jigsaw using pictures, writing and match sticks. These wooden jigsaw pieces come “Together” to capture positive life experiences and happy memories, which have helped me with my journey to recovery and to become the person I am today.
I hope that when people see my work, they enjoy seeing it as much as I have enjoyed making it.
Sophie Ghanem – Occupational Therapist
Mental Health Pathway
Many thanks to Jenni Payne and Jenna Curnow for all their hard work and to all the staff and patients for their input.
MH Day Care Manager
Phoenix Day Unit
- Aintree ward
Sarah Beddows would like to thank Aintree ward for their warm welcome as she joins their enhanced team. Reflective practice sessions have now started, and she feels that even with the difficulties presented to the staff team at this time that they are using this space to support staffs and patient’s wellbeing.
Aintree team want to share their thanks for the amazing work carried out by their newly qualified Registered Nurse associates. This month it has been identified that Sarah Illingworth was able to co-ordinate a dental appointment for a patient nursed in long term segregation in a relatively short period of time (2 hours), this included liaising with health centre, MV&A, site manager and gaining support from adjacent wards. This required Sarah to also develop a management plan to maintain the safety of the individual and the staff delivering this care. This allowed for the individual to receive treatment quickly, which reduced pain and discomfort, this was a fantastic demonstration on how teams balance patient care, quality of life and risk.
Aintree ward would like to thank Mark, Pippa, and Adam for all their hard work and wish them luck on their new wards.
Newmarket ward are currently exploring research around drama therapy with the hope that this will be able to be rolled out throughout the directorate, Staff Nurse Roxanne Burdette will be leading on this. Roxanne’s experience in Drama will prove invaluable and demonstrates how professionals experience in other skills can be utilised to support our patients.
Newmarket ward would like to thank Cynthia for all her hard work and wish her luck on her new ward.
Over the last 6 months Cheltenham ward have admitted 6 new patients, all but 1 of these patients was nursed in long term segregation or seclusion for a significant period prior to their admission. These restrictive interventions were terminated and on admission to Rampton hospital all these patients were nursed on 30/15-minute observations, which continues at this time. The model of care delivered by the team on Cheltenham ward not only maintains the safety of patients and staff but identifies the significance of quality of life improvements for their patients. This has included accessing environments and activities that were previously restricted and allowing for skills in social interaction to be maintained and developed through engagement with staff and peers.
The ward team have been supporting a patient nursed in Bio-care for 2 years due to significant life-threatening risk, which has also included support during surgery following a medical emergency and recovery from this surgery. Over the past month the team have been exploring the reduction of this intervention, the team have utilised activities, such as bathing, that he values to motivate his engagement in the attempt to improve this individual’s quality of life.
Cheltenham ward would like to thank Kieran and Claire for all their hard work and wish them luck on their new ward.
Kempton ward have now commenced reflective practice for night staff, this will be facilitated monthly by ward manager Andy Waring and Clinical nurse practitioner Sam Armstrong. The aim of this practice is to recognise the invaluable input from Night staff and the information on how they support patients, as well as to offer support to night staff.
Kempton ward would like to thank Angie for all her hard work and wish her luck on her new ward. They have also said you are move than welcome to visit anytime… as long as you bring cake!!!!!
In July Dr Barani Sambandan will be leaving the service, as a directorate we would like to thank him for all his hard work and dedication he has shown to his patients and teams.
One of our Assistant psychologists Anthony Webster and his colleague Art therapist Emma Allen have written a case study chapter “From Hatch to Handshake”. This focuses on the particle application of combining Psychodynamic Art Therapy and Learning Disability adapted Dialectical Behavioural Therapy while working within the confines of Long-Term Segregation.
This has now been published in “DBT Informed Art Therapy Practice: Skilful Means in Action”. Please have a look at the link below and if you do purchase, I’m sure Tony and Emma will be more than happy to sign your copy!
Last but not least, the Digitech group have now met and will continue to meet on a monthly basis to explore how digital technology can support our patient’s journey.
The areas the group are looking at are…
- Welcome packs, including a virtual tour. Getting to know different areas around the hospital.
- Keeping in touch with the outside world, such as “what my Highstreet looks like?”
- Preparing to move on.
- Preparing for significant events, both whilst in services and for future pathways.
- Forward planning, such as visuals of future placements and possibly members of the team.
- Projectors to facilitate activities in seclusion, LTS, low stim and communal areas (consideration of a mobile unit and one that will project through observation windows).
- Videos to be screened via patient’s television to offer skills to calm, sooth, such as DBT skills and physical activities (also meeting physical health needs).
The initial plan made is…
- For James Smith to complete a virtual tour of a small area of one of the wards or Southwell and to bring this to the next meeting for members to explore.
- For Sam Armstrong and Ben Stafford to discuss with other disciplines any Apps/clips that maybe beneficial to support therapies and for these to be reviewed with the possibility of being uploaded to the patient’s ward iPad.
- We are also looking at visiting other services to explore how they are using digital technology and how this could be incorporated to our service.
We are open to new ideas and if you have any you can share this with a member of the Digitech group.
James Hill (Jimmy)
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YOU CAN NEVER BEAT MORALITY AND RESPECT
We are going through a nationwide pandemic
Some lives lost and some lives found
At times like this we pulled together
What goes above must come back down.
Some people are isolated and some are not
All frontline workers deserve a merit and shall never be forgot
Sharing the ability of love and respect regardless of race and ethnicity
Produces a considerate and compassionate community via this difficult crisis
Through times like these I would like to say “ Thank You for coming together and I am very pleased.
Open your heart and be true to yourself
As God believes in you and that is natural wealth
God bless everyone.
THE LITTLE DEMON
Red blood out and black blood in
My Daddy say’s I’m a child of sin
Yet when I look at my closest Kin
I know that here my good dreams begin.
All the attributes, fat and thin
It matters now, you’re wide as a pin
A mirror facing inwards, pushing one in
That’s what I see when it’s all in.
The idea is to love what you already possess
To culminate, you’re beautiful, no more, no less.
Seeing things hearing voices
Self harm we have no choices
Feelings buried deep inside
Feeling like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
Scars on top scars beneath
Always hold onto the belief
We can get out of here and have some fun
Drinking beers in the sun.
But if you fight the system you will stay here too long
With rage inside you like King Kong
You will find it hard to get along.
Covid been diagnosed I was very low
What was going to happen I didn’t know
Cough Cough it wouldn’t stop, It was only then I know how serious it was.
I didn’t just have Covid, I had Pneumonia too, I didn’t know what to do.
I did not know what would happen to me
All the nurses and doctors very busy looking after me
When I woke from my Coma it was a shock to me
I was very confused what had happened to me.
My Covid has gone and now I’m back at Rampton
My Covid has gone and now I know how precious life is,
and I am very grateful too.
We see the struggles of the life you lived
We try to understand the feelings of despair
We do not judge just care
Care about your wellbeing and overcome your dark place.
To find peace of mind to overcome your past and look forward to your future.
Tell me how you are feeling – Don’t lock it up inside
Life should be a journey – Not a one-way ride. Remember where you are going and places you meet
Remember to look where you are going and not down at your feet
Remember a smile is worth a thousand words – Laughter is worth more
Think about your future and never close that door.
JO & ANDY
Always on the go, fast and never slow
Their work is good enough for any show, five stars and nothing below
If it wasn’t for Covid we wouldn’t have Jo and Andy
Who have been so wonderfully handy
They have so many great ideas, fireplaces and fresh air
No matter the weather they are always there.
To conclude Jo and Andy are just what we need
We are very thankful indeed.
YOU LIVE AND YOU LEARN
People like us need to come together and form a revolution
To provide the world with tears of laughter. Love, loyalty, respect and morals
Here’s my heart and here’s my sleeve,
Here’s my shoulder if you’re ever in need.
Regardless of culture and ethnicity we’re all unique and share equality
Too many mistakes made and too many to hide
We live and we learn that’s how we get by
Be true to yourself and respect one another
Spread your wings and fly away, we may reunite another day
Chin up and respect is give and take
So don’t give your soul to those that hate.
The sheep go Baaaa
The cows go Moo
The owl in the tree goes Twit Twit Twoo
It all goes quiet and you can’t hear a sound
Someone farted and the tent falls down
The day of affection
It’s about finding the one you love, and finding the connection
It’s full of chocolates and smile too
This day is important, every year that goes by
You can fall in love with a girl or even a guy
So thank you, thank you
For your kindness and care
My love for you will always be there
SO, COME ON IN
So, Come on in, have a cup of tea
Make yourself at home, put up your feet
I think it’s time we joined forces,
Because it’s about time we got this virus under control
We’ll can do this as a whole, we will do this together
Try and get rid of Covid forever
We are a force to be reckoned and never come second
We can’t do much and can’t go out
So, come on put your cup at a spout and have a drink
We have plenty of time to think about what’s going to happen
So please stop mapping out the future, that no one can predict
not even a psychic
So, come, sit down put up your feet and let’s have a cuppa.
MY FRIEND CLOVELY
Horses are my favourite animal
The way they look with their long mane and tail
They move so gracefully
They have the most individual personality.
I would love my own brown horse
I remember when I used to ride a horse
Up on the moors, green and beautiful
My horses name was Clovely
He was shiny and grey
When I sat upon him, I felt like a queen
Horses are my favourite animal
Horses are lovely, whatever the colour.
CAN YOU PLEASE SPARE SOME TIME
Today your presence makes me smile
Endorphins going crazy, must have done at least five miles
Want you to stay a while
Cannot get you on the phone face dial
I’m glad you’re here to help me understand my complex self
Hoping that I can take care and goodness from help shelf
Perhaps educate myself, perhaps even improve my health.
All the things that I can do: art, craft, horticulture & gym to name a few
learn to love my inner beast to be calm and content in all i do
with the help of you and the team too
here come the last two lines, all the energy from woodbines
hope this poem finds a place on your shelf to help you appreciate your inner self.
Easter is Coming
Easter is coming the chicks are getting fat
Please put a scrambled egg in the old man’s hat
If you haven’t got a scrambled egg a mini egg will do
if you haven’t got a mini egg god bless you
I like the season Spring because I like to see the lambs being born
I like to see sheep around the fields as they go
I like the noise they make as I am walking in the hills
I like to see the snow on the ground around them
Last Tulip Standing
There’s a predator in my mind, There’s a predator in my heart,
There’s a predator in my soul, There’s a predator deep within,
You see we can all relate to the predator somehow,
It lingers like a bad smell, It hounds you like a black dog,
It gets in your head, Makes you question about life,
For all the victims of the predator, Caroline, Avicii, Amy,
Will there be a last tulip standing.
Hope gives you a place to go if you ever feel low
Hope is a thing to hold onto, It helps you see things through.
Hope helps with recovery, this you will see.
Hope is a calming thing, to help you with just being.
Hold on pain ends.
Please help me God I feel all alone,
I’m just your kid don’t leave me on my own
I wake up every day don’t want to leave my bed
The voices go round in my head
My life is bad, my life is a mess
But with God I hate rest
In this world there is no hiding
Sure I used to turn to fighting
My emotions sometimes get the better of me
To survive I just need to be set free
Being at Rampton was a difficult time at first
Away from my friends, family, it hurts
When they told me I was moving to medium
I felt delighted, but scared to be free again
Saying my final goodbyes, it is going to hurt
The staff have been here for me through thick and thin
And it is hard to let new people in
I will take a lot of memories from here
And to be able to trust someone and have no fear
Healing At Rampton
My mum I the best
Sometimes I will put het to the test
Rampton gives her a little rest It gets cold at night, wear a vest
Anytime I can eat, at Rampton I have my own seat
MP3 is a music beat, cold at night rest your feet
Create your own personal space, jobs on Ruby are not a race
Don’t trip over your shoelace, the weather you just have to brace
One last thing is left to say
Come to Rampton, enjoy your stay
A comfy bed you can lay
Obstacles to climb, come what may
Martini is in a bikini
She’s full of sun and sits in the sun
She loves to hum and singalong to a song, a melody
Or listen to the script
She has good dialect but also very perfect
In so many ways martini is the boss and we all know
As we are all against the fuss
But we do like to engage and learn
New skills to enable us to become brilliant people
Martini is always there when we are in need or in deed
MY LIGHTHOUSE IN A STORM
Coming out was the right decision
Even though I received lots of criticism
Whether you identify as a he’s, he or they
Always be yourself no matter what they say
My family hold such an old fashioned view
So I found my support in LGBTQ
Some people say that it’s a sin
No matter what I do I just can’t win
In my heart I can’t change being me
I have to be myself so I can feel free
People are just afraid of those who don’t conform to the norm
But my Niece is my rock and my lighthouse in a storm
TED STAFF ARE THE BEST
Ted staff are the best
They are better than all the rest
They do good things and don’t let me run rings around them
They are brilliant and funny
They take us for walks, play Scrabble and cards
And we have lots of fun
We love the DRC it gives us a change of scenery
It helps us when we are bored getting us off the ward
There’re my friends are the TED staff
MY MUM, MY MUM, SHE IS THE BEST, SHE IS BETTER THAN ALL THE REST
MY MUM, MY MUM, HELPS ME A LOT EVEN WHEN I GO POP
MY MUM, MY MUM, YOU ARE THE ONE BECAUSE YOU HELP US HAVE LOTS OF FUN
MY MUM, MY MUM, I MISS YOU LOADS, EVEN THOUGH YOU HAVE HAIRY TOES
MY MUM, MY MUM, I LOVE YOU LOTS BECAUSE YOU ARE LIKE JELLY TOTS
THE FAIRY QUEEN
COME TO ME MY FAIRIES AND LAY YOURSELVES DOWN
AS I TELL YOU OF SOME MAGIC
IN LANDS OF FAIRY CROWN
AND TO YOUR BEDS DO CLOSE YOUR EYES AND PROMISE NOT TO PEEK
FOR I AM THE FAIRY QUEEN
TO GUIDE YOU TO YOUR SLEEP
SO CALMLY REST AND LISTEN TO THE TALES
I NOW SHALL TELL A PLACE OF CHARM AND AS PRECIOUS AS A PEARL WITHIN ITS SHELL
MY HOME WHERE EVEN STARS MAY SHINE UPON THE DAY
SO, TO YOUR BEDS DO HURRY
AND THERE IN COMFORT STAY.
WHAT CAN I REALLY SAY ABOUT SNOW?
WELL I REALLY DON’T KNOW
ITS SOFT AND WHITE
CAN FALL TO GREAT HEIGHT
DISRUPTS OUR ROADS, LOADS AND LOADS
YOU CAN GRIT AND GET RID OF IT
TO GET OUT A PIT
BUT WHERES THE FUN
SNOW ANGELS, SNOW MEN WITH BIG TUMS
ITS LOOKS SO PRETTY
THAT’S WHY ITS SUCH A PITY
IT ONLY COMES ONCE A YEAR
BUT I GUESS THAT HELPS US OUT OF FEAR OF GETTING STUCK
LETS FACE IT, WHEN IT LANDS ITS JUST WHITE MUCK!