"Knitting group at Lucy Wade Unit"

About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Adult mental health (inpatient)

(as a staff member posting for a patient/service user),

Written on behalf of the Lucy Wade Unit community meeting: 26/2/2014

Service users on the ward had a discussion about what activities would be good for on the ward. A highlighted activity was knitting! People wanted to do some knitting and learn how to knit- fortunately two of the staff members in attendance were skilled at knitting and happy to take this forward.

The next day a knitting group commenced and the ward is starting to make a blanket.

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Response from Kirsty Aveyard, Ward Manager, Orchid Ward, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

How quickly a simple idea can evolve.. I have witnessed different staff & service users having a go and really enjoying it reporting how relaxing it is! I have also learned a few techniques myself (!)

service users have made a joint decision to knit little patches & join them together as one to create a large mural for a framed display on the ward .. this could take some time but we have accepted the challenge and have made a great start: )

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Response from Nigel Groves, Involvement and Experience Lead, Forensic Services, Involvement Team, Nottinghamshire Health care Trust

Always fantastic to see moveing so positively at the Lucy Wade unit.

The community meetings are a great opportunity for patients to feedback about the care they receive and generate ideas to improve their stay. This is a fantastic example of staff listening and responding to feedback. Always a pleasure to read such positive feedback.

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