Full Monty for Dova Unit

The Dova Unit in Barrow has been awarded a Full Monty Award from the organisation Star Wards.

Star Wards is a service user organisation designed to inspire staff working within mental health acute care in-patient settings to develop therapeutic activities to promote recovery.

The Full Monty award was presented to the staff on the Dova ward because they have implemented all 75 of the Star wards ideas.

Dean Stilling the ward manager said:

“I am really pleased at this outstanding achievement and with the care and consideration of all the staff on Dova Unit. The involvement in Star Wards has had a direct benefit to patient care, which has been reflected in the patient feedback.”

Heather Hamill is an occupational therapist on the Dova unit she explained how proud she was:

“I would personally like to thank all the staff involved in achieving this award and to the patients feedback which has helped to provide groups that they are interested in.

Having meaningful occupation is a valuable tool to support the recovery process of mental health and we will endeavour to continue to provide a responsive service to meet patients' needs.”

The award was presented by Nic Higham who is an Inpatient Care Consultant from Star Wards he said:

“It was a real pleasure to present Dova ward with their much deserved Star Wards Full Monty award. This is an extraordinary achievement! Each of the 75 ideas within the Star Wards scheme require considerable thought, creativity, planning, time, and tenacity.

“It's very apparent that Heather, Glenn and team have worked hard to implement and adapt these ideas, and the result is a wonderfully welcoming and nurturing environment.

“I spoke with one patient who reflected on the variety of the therapeutic activities that are on offer and how the ward team go beyond the call of duty. I was also delighted to hear that each patient has access to psychology each week - this is really brilliant.

“I hope Dova's Star Wards journey encourages other mental health wards within the Trust to take part in the scheme and that they have as much success. Wards can find out more by visiting our web site, which is starwards.org.uk.”

The Dova Unit is an acute mental health inpatient unit in Barrow in Furness, based on the Dane Garth site at the Furness General. It provides hospital services for people with mental health needs (including people with learning disabilities who are suffering from mental health problems). It has a designated bed for young people aged under 18 with mental health problems who require admission on a short term basis where there is no other alternative available.