Care activities to enhance well-being across the NHS

Wouldn’t it be nice to put a smile on someone’s face for the first time today?

Long term health conditions and disabilities can make it even harder to be away from home and from friends and family when accessing care or spending time in hospital.

It’s why we believe that the right activities are key to supporting patient well-being and that the Happiness Programme can help.

We’re already supporting thousands of patients in NHS venues across the UK from St George’s Hospital in London and North Bristol Hospital to NHS Fife and Forth Valley NHS.

And we’re supporting a broad spectrum of care needs, from patients living with dementia and learning disabilities to long term rehabilitation from stroke.

We had a physiotherapist who was struggling with activities for a stroke patient. They started using one of the games on the magic table 360 and projected the bubbles that you pop onto a whiteboard.

They eventually managed to get this stroke patient stood up, with his arms steady, reaching out for bubbles. That was more stimulating for him than anything else this physiotherapist could offer. It’s been fantastic!”
Elizabeth Anderson, Colwyn Bay Community Hospital, Wales.

Two members of the team at Juniper Centre

Supporting NHS staff and community care teams

We believe that with more engaged, happier patients, staff and care teams benefit too. Our structured programme offers support and training, with a monthly focus tailored to support the busy nature of working in the NHS.

In practice, this means that staff and care teams always have something new to offer, with over 40 games to choose from, all designed around achieving important care outcomes:

  • Physical – these games encourage greater movement and dexterity
  • Cognitive – providing opportunities for focus and concentration
  • Social – these bring people together to share the experience

Play anytime, anywhere with anyone

The magic table 360 projects on to almost any surface – walls, floors, ceilings, even bed sheets. This makes it practical for NHS staff whilst ensuring everyone has the chance to experience the activities whatever their physical capacity.

We use the magic table 360 a lot in Rosemary Ward. In fact, we use it up to three or four times a day with various patients. We love using it during 1:1 sessions or as a more sensory based activity.”

Saeed Majeed, Juniper Centre, Birmingham.

Interactive light is a proven activity for older people’s care needs

In all there are over 60 proven research (see the research here) claims into interactive lights for those with cognitive challenges, including dementia. It’s also been shown to reduce the need for some medications including PRN and also aid mobility and recovery.

We’re currently working with hospitals who are using it a variety of different care settings including in recovery wards, ITU’s and, as Royal Stoke University Hospital has pioneered, for older people and dementia.

It can reduce anxiety in pre-op and maternity and NICU as well as in radiology/oncology and orthopaedics/trauma.

And we’re continuing to develop the games we have, with regular new game releases catering for adults and children with and without cognitive challenges.

“We’ve taken the magic table 360 and trained other departments so that they get engaged with it as well.

So, it’s not just being used in our hospital for our dementia patients, but for wider patient care too.”

Elizabeth Anderson, Colywn Bay Hospital, Wales.

An insight from Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health trust

As part of an initial appraisal, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Trust requested feedback from the staff and patients that were using the Happiness Programme and magic table 360.

Here are the highlighted responses from patients:

  • 100% of patients wanted to continue using the magic table 360
  • 83% of patients said they were happier after playing on the magic table 360

And here are the highlighted responses from NHS staff:

  • Over 80% said patients had shown a motivation to participate
  • 83% said they’d seen an increase in physical outcomes
  • 67% said they’d seen an increase in overall levels of concentration
  • 50% said they’d seen an increase in cognitive engagement

Reporting is a key part of the Happiness Programme (you can find out more about our reporting here) however these results were conducted internally by the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Trust and we thank them for sharing the results with us.

Contact us to find out more

We’re helping NHS trusts, hospitals and health centres across the UK.

Speak to our team today about how the Happiness Programme could help your patients.

Wide number of clinical uses across older people services, ITU’s and recovery wards

Lightweight mobile projector for use in communal spaces, shared wards and private bedrooms

A 360-degree projection for use on bed sheets and ceilings as well as specific relaxation games designed to aid recovery

Still got questions?

You can find out more about the Happiness Programme here.

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