Quality statement 13: Meaningful activities on the ward

Quality statement

People in hospital for mental health care can access meaningful and culturally appropriate activities 7 days a week, not restricted to 9am to 5pm.

Quality measure

Structure: Evidence of local arrangements to ensure that service users in hospital have access to meaningful and culturally appropriate activities 7 days a week, not restricted to 9am to 5pm.

Outcome: Evidence from experience surveys and feedback that service users in hospital feel they can access meaningful and culturally appropriate activities 7 days a week, not restricted to 9am to 5pm.

What the quality statement means for each audience

Service providers ensure systems are in place for service users in hospital to access meaningful and culturally appropriate activities 7 days a week, not restricted to 9am to 5pm.

Mental healthcare professionals ensure service users in hospital have access to meaningful and culturally appropriate activities 7 days a week, not restricted to 9am to 5pm.

Commissioners ensure they commission services that provide service users in hospital with meaningful and culturally appropriate activities 7 days a week, not restricted to 9am to 5pm.

People in hospital for mental health care feel they can join in with a range of activities, including creative and leisure activities and exercise, 7 days a week and throughout the day and evenings.

Source guidance

'Service user experience in adult mental health' (NICE clinical guidance 136) recommendation 1.6.9.

Data source

Structure: Local data collection.

Outcome: Local data collection. Providers may be able to use questions contained within the national patient surveys available from NHS Surveys. The NHS mental health inpatient survey (Q31 and 32) contains questions on the provision of activities on the ward on weekdays and at the weekend.

Definitions

Meaningful and culturally appropriate activities should include creative and leisure activities, exercise, self-care and community access activities (where appropriate). Activities should be facilitated by appropriately trained health or social care professionals.