|WINWICK HOSPITAL WARRINGTON|
EDITORIAL COMMENTAt a meeting held earlier this week, a rumour which had been circulating in the Hospital for days, and which was highly critical of Nursing Administration, was openly discussed. This permitted the problems involved in a particular decision to be publicly examined. Unless "unofficial" opinions are aired at "official" meetings the purpose of such meetings can often be defeated - with decisions being based on inaccurate information. When this is the result, with whom does the responsibility lie - the decision-makers or their sources of information?
** ** ** ** ** **At 3 p.m. this afternoon, Wednesday, 22nd March the Hospital Advisory Service headquarters rang to say that Mr. B. B. Hassell, Administrator, would be joining the Hospital Advisory Service Team which is visiting Winwick from 29th March.
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Social Therapy ReviewLast week, Mr. Jolley and Mrs Devine were invited to speak about the department and hospital, in general, at Bewsey Secondary Modern School. They took along a film, prepared and narrated by the department as a visual aid to the talk which was to follow. Apparently, the afternoon was a huge success with an immediate fifteen volunteers to come to the hospital as part of Community Service. This service is a new thing in this area with the children allocating one afternoon per week for serving the community. Many visit hospitals and old people in the district and now Winwick has more than its share of volunteers. Six youngsters already come from Selwyn Jones Comprehensive school on Thursday afternoons and this week the first of the contingent from Bewsey school spent a whole week with us. Sally left us on Friday assuring us that she had thoroughly enjoyed her week and expressing a wish to come back as soon as possible thus proving the success of Public Relations and the knocking down of old barriers in the field of psychiatric hospitals versus public opinion. Last week the football team had two matches Winwick v. Parkside played at Winwick resulting in a 6 - 4 win for Parkside and the second on Thursday, Winwick v. Deva, played at Deva resulting in a 2 all draw, which boosted withering morale along the team.
ANNUAL PRIZEGIVINGThe presentation of prizes and hospital certificates took place on Thursday, 16th March in the Recreation Hall. The proceedings were opened by Alderman L. Ball, who spoke of his regret at leaving the hospital after his years as Chairman of the Winwick and Newchurch Hospital Management Committee. Miss N. Coppack then gave her report on the Nursing Services. Over the years a high standard of success has been achieved by nurses training in passing their examinations, and she praised the tutorial and ward staff. In the last year, 14 out of 16 student nurses had passed their Final examination, 20 out of 22 had passed their Intermediate, and all eleven pupil nurses had passed their Assessment. She went on to speak of the progress made over the last twelve months: the introduction of In-Service Training, the extension of post-graduate training, the integration of nursing staff on selected wards, and the new medico-nursing policy which had been introduced last year. A Rehabilitation Committee had recently been set up and a housecraft centre was soon to be opened under the direction of the O.T. staff. In the near future, a nurse would be appointed to organise patients' employment on the lines of a Labour Exchange within the hospital, and discussions were taking place with the Liverpool Regional Hospital Board with regard to the building of a new Industrial Therapy Unit in the hospital. She added that the domestic services had recently been re-organised, with the appointment of domestic supervisors and the report of the Organisation and Methods Team was eagerly awaited. Other changes which were impending were the implementation of the recommendations of the Salmon Committee, which would be progressively introduced when Amalgamation of the hospitals into the new Group had taken place; the integration of patients on three wards, scheduled for later this year, and the re-opening of the infirmary wards at the end of April. Work was continuing on the up-grading of wards and the installation of the new central heating system. New ward furniture had recently been purchased, which brought the amenities on many wards up to a very high standard. Miss Coppack spoke of the successful work carried out by the Joint Consultative Staffs Committee, which included the introduction of a hospital magazine and the relatively painless introduction of the 40 hour week for nursing staff. Finally, she stated that the last meeting of the Winwick and Newchurch Hospital Management Committee had now taken place, and she felt that one of her most important duties was to thank the Committee for the assistance they had afforded her and the nursing staff, and in particular she thanked Alderman Ball for his fatherly support. Mr. E. Fox was to be the Secretary, and Councillor B. Eaves the Chairman of the new combined H.M.C., which would take office on April 1st. Mr. W. Morris, Principal Tutor, then introduced the principal guest, Mrs. B.- Nicholas, who is at present Education Officer of the General Nursing Council for England and Wales. Mrs. Nicholas said she had visited Winwick twice previously, in 1959 and 1964, as an Inspector for the G.N.C., and she was delighted to be back. In her work, she said, she had a special responsibility for psychiatric hospitals, and she felt that psychiatric nursing was an especially rewarding job, in that it fostered self-recognition. Although improvements as outlined by Miss Coppack helped nurses to do their job, the most important factor was staff attitudes. People were showing misplaced loyalty if they always believed that what had been good enough for them was good enough for newcomers to the service, and she hoped that the nurses there to receive their certificates would recognise that they must continue to learn. She was grateful to Winwick for the assistance given in an experimental examination method, which had led to the plans for replacement of the traditional state examination with a hospital based Assessment. Mrs. Nicholas then went on to present Awards to the following nurses:
Progress Prizes - Student Nurses
Edith D. Sutch
Progress Prizes - Pupil Nurses
Joint Consultative Staffs Committee
Nomination and Election of Members to Staff SideNotice is hereby given that the elected members of the Staff Side of the Joint Consultative Staffs Committee will cease to hold office on the 31st March next. Nominations are, therefore, invited from members of the staff to fill the vacancies that will thus arise. The total number of seats available to the staff is ELEVEN and these are allocated as follows:
|L. Flanagan||Nursing Assistant|
|M. Roche||Nursing Assistant|