|WINWICK HOSPITAL WARRINGTON|
EDITORIALThe annual elections to the Joint Consultative Staffs Cttee. take place in a few weeks' time. We hope that the information we are publishing will be read as an invitation to NOMINATE and VOTE. All the relevant information will appear in due course. We are pleased to carry so much Social Club news this week, and wish the Club Cttee. every success with their programme.
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PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITALS VIEWED BY THEIR PATIENTS - Report of an Attitude survey by W. Raphael and V. Peers
Percentage critical: whole group 25
Washbasins and Baths
Percentage critical: whole group 18
Percentage critical: whole group 17
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AROUND THE HOSPITAL
JOINT CONSULTATIVE STAFFS COMMITTEE ELECTIONSNow that April is near, preparations are being made for the annual election of candidates to the Staff Side of the Joint Consultative Staffs Cttee. The functions of this Cttee. are laid down in the Whitley Council's General Conditions of Service as the promotion of co-operation between the Management Cttee., its senior officers, and staff; the furthering of the welfare of patients and the efficient administration of the hospital; the consideration of suggestions for the improvement of staff amenities and welfare; and the prevention of friction and misunderstanding. Meetings of the Committee take place monthly (excepting August) on the second Thursday of the month. Then, representatives of the Warrington Group H.M.C. and senior officers of Winwick Hospital meet with the Staff Side. In addition to this, the work of the J.C.S.C. is assisted by two Sub-Committees - the Nursing Staff Sub-committee, which deals with matters relevant to the nursing service of the hospital; and the Communications Sub-committee, which is concerned with policy decisions involved in the production of the hospital magazine, and, via the Publications Committee, with the week to week running of 'The Standard'. (Staff may be nominated to serve on these Sub-committees from the full J.C.S.C., or can be co-opted on to them). The present Staff Side of the J.C.S.C. consists of 10 members, with one seat vacant. The names of those serving are as follows:
REMEMBER?If you were around when a party of student nurses from the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary visited the hospital on Friday, February 23rd, you may have recognised one of the faces. For amongst the group was SYLVIA HEATH, who was at one time dental receptionist in our clinic. Sylvia, who was very popular with both patients and staff, comes from Ashton-in-Makerfield. At present she is in her third year of training at Wigan Infirmary, and when she has qualified hopes to undertake her psychiatric training at Billinge Hospital.
PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITALS REPORTA statistical report - "The Facilities and Services of the Psychiatric Hospitals in England and Wales 1971" was published last week by the Department of Health and Social Security and the Welsh Office. On the one hand, the report reveals the improvements which have taken place in recent years in the levels of staffing, training and education of patients in the psychiatric sectors. However, wide variations in staffing ratios and educational and occupational facilities are demonstrated. For example, nurse/patient ratios vary from 22.5 nurses to 100 resident patients in one mental hospital in the South West Metropolitan Region, to 70.6 nurses per 100 resident patients at a mental hospital in Yorkshire and 118.5 nurses per 100 resident patients at a London teaching hospital. Levels of medical staffing also vary, ranging from 0.55 doctors per 100 patients in a 2,000 bedded mental hospital group in Lancashire(?) to a ratio of 36,52 medical staff per 100 patients in a London teaching hospital. The report also stated that six per cent of psychiatric hospital beds in 1971 were in dormitories of 50 or more beds, and lists a number of hospitals where such a situation exists. The "Lancashire Evening Post and Chronicle" recently carried a news item on the report and mentioned that Winwick Hospital was one of such hospitals. The paper said that DR WARD, Medical Superintendent, had confirmed that the number of people in a dormitory went as high as 65, although this did represent a reduction in numbers from what was at one time accepted as the optimum number of patients per ward. Dr Ward pointed out that, as the Department of Health was not in favour of providing new buildings, the only solution lay in splitting wards and by a general reduction in the number of patients.
SADLERS WELLS OPERAThe above opera company will be appearing at the Empire Theatre, Liverpool, for two weeks commencing April 30th. A list of the works to he performed can he found on various notice boards about the hospital. There are party booking concessions and in certain circumstances 50% of a party's travelling expenses can be obtained from The Merseyside Arts Association. Contact R. Bruton in the Library if you can't get all you need from the Notice Boards.
FOR SALEPHILLIPS 4-Speed, 4-Track Tape-recorder. Plus Tapes and Microphone.
£15.00 Box No 3
BROADGREEN DISCOThe Students' Society of the Institute of Health Service Administrators is arranging a disc featuring "The April Fool" on 31st March 1973, in the Recreation Hall, Broadgreen Hospital, Thomas Drive, Liverpool 14 from 16.00 hours to 24.00 hours. There will be a bar, and tickets (35p each) can be obtained from Mr. Nicholson at Broadgreen Hospital or via one of the Administrators in your General Office.
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M E M B E R S N 0 T I C E
|ROLL IN AND ROCK||SLIP IN AND SMOOCH|
Mr J Doyle N/A
Miss M Moores N/A
|Miss E.C. Angus||Student Nurse|
|Miss J. Midgeley||Pupil Nurse|
|Mrs J. Anzioni||T/SEN Night Duty|
|Mrs W. Larver||T/NA Nurse Night Duty|
|Mrs B. Bird||T/Staff Nurse Night Duty|