News & Views > Wonder Ward delivered by Ashley Brooks on the Respiratory Unit at Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Wonder Ward delivered by Ashley Brooks on the Respiratory Unit at Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
"I attend each of the wonder ward sessions and found each one to be rewarding for the team and at a personal level too. The programme was delivered at a pace and at a level to cater for all abilities. Ashley encouraged questions to be asked and if anyone needed clarity on the content being delivered that was provided too. Challenges were openly accepted and dealt with in a sensitive but constructive manner.
Verbalising the frustrations and concerns through the due diligence process enabled staff to really express how they were feeling, there were no surprises in this, although hearing them read out loud by Ashley had a greater impact on everyone.
After each session the vibe was positive in the majority of people, it initiated questions to one’s self about their own behaviour and attitudes and generated a more open feeling about the love for each other. It enabled people to express themselves, to be proud and tell one another how much they are valued and appreciated.
There were occasions during the sessions that brought people to tears, at times emotions ran high but there was positivity at the end of each session. The team spirit and support for each other back on the ward has been evident.
Everyone has learnt something new about a colleague and this has led to people talking more openly about themselves and has also highlighted the need to be sensitive, nurturing and caring to one another.
The Respiratory unit team are proud and more loved than ever before and the culture that has been agreed is enabling staff to challenge behaviours and attitudes not conducive to that culture, this is a powerful tool for us all to use.
Finally Ashley’s working day on the unit really was the icing on a very large and beautiful cake, this proved to the reluctant few that this was no showmanship programme and Ashley truly meant every word he spoke in every session, I can clearly see the passion and love Ashley has for the Respiratory unit.
Thank you Ashley"