The Art of Healthcare, Salford and Manchester – until 13 March 2017

A series of events and workshops open to everyone and available for free to healthcare professionals. The programme offers the opportunity to develop or refresh skills applicable to clinical practice, and to be part of a conversation about how the arts can contribute to good healthcare.

The series is part of Performing Medicine, an award-winning education and public engagement programme created by theatre company Clod Ensemble. The company's approach to healthcare education is delivered by leading artists, using techniques and ideas drawn from theatre, dance and the fine arts to teach skills to healthcare professionals at all stages of their career.

Art of Healthcare will be presented for the first time in Salford & Manchester, delivered in partnership with The Lowry, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, the Doubleday Centre for Patient Experience at The University of Manchester, and the Whitworth.

Performing Medicine

Monday 6 March 2017 | 7pm - 8.30pm | Suzy Willson | Studio, The Lowry

What do the arts have to offer healthcare professionals? Performing Medicine is a pioneering education programme that draws on techniques and ideas from the arts. At this event, Artistic Director Suzy Willson will draw on 15 years of experience working with artists in medical schools and NHS Trusts across the UK to discuss how the arts can support healthcare professionals to provide excellent care - even in the most challenging conditions. Suzy will be joined in a chaired conversation with invited guests.

Leadership & Teamwork

Tuesday 7 March 2017 | 5.30pm - 7pm | Sylvan Baker & Carly Annable-Coop | Mayo Building , Salford Royal

Healthcare professionals are required to work with interprofessional teams everyday, often including people they have never met before. This practical session will help you to develop awareness of the best way you lead and are led – building resources and techniques to help establish a team dynamic quickly and embrace responsibilities with confidence.

Wellbeing & Self Care

Wednesday 8 March 2017 | 5.30pm - 7pm | Carly Annable-Coop | Consultation Skills Learning Centre, The University of Manchester

Healthcare is a physically and emotionally demanding profession and the wellbeing of staff and patients is closely linked. This workshop explores positive ways to revitalise life at work, build resilience and begin to create a more supportive working environment where self-care is prioritised.

Ways of Seeing

Thursday 9 March 2017 | 5.30pm - 7pm | Liz Orton | Mayo Building, Salford Royal

What is the relationship between photography, medicine and health? During this participatory workshop by visual artist Liz Orton, you will be encouraged to think critically about how representations and understandings of the body are produced by medical photography. Participants are asked to bring along a camera (phone is fine) and a printed image on the subject of illness/wellness.

Sculpting Anatomy

Sunday 12 March 2017 | 10am - 5pm | Eleanor Crook | The Whitworth, The University of Manchester

The use of wax for replicating skin, flesh and the complexities of anatomical structures dates back several centuries. In this practical session, sculptor and medical artist Eleanor Crook will show how to sculpt the anatomy of the head and neck in wax, including fine anatomical structures such as tendons, veins and skin. Materials will be provided.

Make Yourself Heard

Monday 13 March 2017 | 5.30pm - 7pm | Yolanda Vazquez | Consultation Skills Learning Centre, The University of Manchester

Good communication is not just about what you say but how you say it. In this workshop leading voice coach Yolanda Vasquez will show you how to gain more control over your voice, exploring how qualities such as the tone, volume, pace and pitch you use can greatly improve communication with patients and colleagues and help you to deliver more vibrant and engaging presentations.

Prices and booking

Tickets for all events are £6 (£3 concession) apart from the full day workshop Sculpting Anatomy which is £12 (£6 concession). Tickets for all events are FREE for healthcare professionals working in the Greater Manchester area, as well as medical students studying at The University of Manchester. To book for these Art of Healthcare events, please visit the Clod website or email Clod.

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