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Stanley ward (Wakefield)
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About the service
Stanley ward is a 22 bed male inpatient mental health ward. The unit admits working age adults aged between 18 and 65 with mental health needs who are in crisis and cannot be cared for in community settings.
We aim to provide an atmosphere that promotes safe, timely and therapeutic treatment. All service users are allocated a primary nurse and an associate nurse who work alongside the individual to plan care and treatment. Service users see their doctor at least once a week to review their treatment plans and evaluate progress in their recovery.
Why would someone choose the service?
91% of people we see said they were treated with dignity and respect by our staff at all times.
We have a dedicated therapy team who offer a wide range of activities including physiotherapy, Mindfulness (a technique used to help you relax), gym sessions, hydrotherapy, gardening, tai chi, arts and crafts.
We won an internal Trust award for our ‘Back on Track’ group. This is an educational group that covers topics such as anxiety management, budgeting and help to sleep.
To help make Stanley ward a welcoming place for visitors we have created a relaxation room and a dedicated child visiting room.
Our staff always listen to feedback and aim to improve the service that we provide based on this. We spend time with individuals, building a therapeutic relationship based on working together. You will always be the centre of your care.
865 of our service users would recommend our service to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment.
Staff you may meet
- Activity co-ordinators are responsible for implementing a range of therapeutic activities. Examples of activities provided include social, recreational, leisure, communication, sensory or educational sessions.
- Administrative staff provide essential support to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. This can be in a variety of different settings, with administrators working as a receptionist in a clinic or a clerk on a ward. They may also be working closely with a consultant as a medical secretary.
- Dietitians use the science of food to help people to make good choices about food and lifestyle. Nutrition is an important part of recovery and wellbeing. All service users admitted to a Trust ward have their nutritional state assessed.
- There are more than 60 different specialities that doctors work within the NHS. Each is unique but there are many characteristics which are common. Roles range from working in a hospital to being based in the community as a GP.
- Housekeepers help nurses run hospital wards. They are a member of a ward team and support the delivery of clinical care by ensuring the ward is a clean, safe and attractive place which is conducive to patient care.
- There are many people who work behind the scenes to keep services running and you may meet them in hospital or community settings. They include porters, cleaners, plumbers, electricians, decorators receptionists and secretaries who all work to make sure healthcare settings are kept clean, tidy and safe.
- Nurses who choose to specialise in the mental health branch of nursing work with GPs, psychiatrists, psychologists, and others, to help care for patients. Increasingly, care is given in the community, with mental health nurses visiting patients and their families at home, in residential centres, in prisons or in specialist clinics or units.
- Nursing or healthcare assistants work in hospital or community settings under the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional. They help doctors, nurses and therapists give people the care and treatment they need.
- Occupational therapy is the assessment and treatment of physical and psychiatric conditions using specific, purposeful activity to prevent disability and promote independent function in all aspects of daily life.
- The NHS employs a wide range of clinical staff, it wouldn’t be possible to list them all on this website! All our clinical staff are skilled, dedicated professionals who adhere to high standards of training and work-place practice.
- Physiotherapists help people to improve their range of movement in order to promote health and well being. This can help people to live more independently.
- Porters work within the Trust facilities team moving and delivering post, equipment and medication to locations across the organisation. They also help to move frail and often very ill patients between different departments and wards in safety and comfort.
- Receptionists are the first link for many patients and visitors. They often work on their own or with one or two other receptionists, greeting patients as they arrive and check them in. They might also collect patient notes and ensure that these vital records go to the right healthcare professional. In a clinic, they may make appointments and arrange patient transport.
- Social workers help, support and protect people who are facing difficulties in their lives. They help people to take positive steps to overcome problems and improve their lives. This could involve assessing and reviewing a service user’s situation, building relationships with service users and their families and agreeing what practical support someone needs.
- We have a range of specialist advisors working in our Trust – they give advice on a wide range of different things, depending on what service they work in. So it could be, for example, mental health, stopping smoking, healthy eating or diabetes.
- We have a range of health workers who all have different specialities. This could be in a certain condition, a therapy or the advice they can give you. Our specialists our highly skilled and trained professionals, ready to offer you help and advice whenever you need it.
- Telephonists (also known as switchboard operators) are employed throughout the health service. They may work on a busy switchboard in a hospital or the Trust headquarters. Like receptionists, they are an important first point of contact for patients and their families and are a vital link between a caller and the person who can help.
- On a ward you will see many different members of staff, not all of them are clinical staff! Non-clinical staff include housekeepers and administrators. Ward housekeepers work with other staff to make sure everywhere is clean and tidy and that you have good food. Administrators have clerical and admin roles, like keeping patient notes filed safely, and they can often help you with general enquiries. If you’re not sure who anybody is please ask them to explain.
Why a professional should choose the service
All of our staff are trained in managing aggression and violence. Everyone who is admitted for more than 48 hours receives nutritional screening.
We meet the requirements of the seven day follow up and in our most recent Care Quality Commission inspection they found that we meet the following standards:
- Treating people with respect and involving them in their care
- Providing quality care, treatment and support that meet people’s needs
A variety of support and interventions are offered to individuals at Stanley ward, they include:
- Occupational therapy
- Physical health screening
- Psychopharmacology (medication)
- Exercise (for example tai chi or using the gym)
- Recreational activity
- Healthy eating
- One-to-one discussions with nursing staff
We aim to help people recover and help them get back into the community as soon as possible by giving them the following skills:
- Ability to self-care
- Improved engagement with community services
- Clarification of diagnosis
- Relapse prevention
- Self-management skills
- Improved ability to act independently
Referrals accepted from:
Other Trust services
Referrals also accepted from:
Referrals also accepted from the crisis team and 136 suite.
Referrals come via the Trust’s crisis team, from the 136 suite (a place of safety where people can be brought by the police for assessment) and via Mental Health Act assessments.
All admissions are screened by the Trust’s crisis team resolution service, a team who act as gatekeepers to ensure that all possible options have been explored before someone is admitted.