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Paintings in Hospitals announce new director

The Trustees of Paintings in Hospitals have appointed Sandra Bruce-Gordon as Director of the charity from the end of April 2020 to replace outgoing Director Ben Pearce.

Sandra is a leading figure in the development of arts, cultural and public services across London and will bring to Paintings in Hospitals a wealth of business acumen and a great track record in delivery from over the past 20 years.

Looking Back Looking Forward

 

January 2020 marks a year of being in the role of Director for London Arts in Health. New Year is always a good time to reflect and look forward and so I thought I would round up some of what I have learnt a year in as well as what I am looking forward to.

Arts-based research project focuses on children in hospital

Newman University Birmingham has launched ‘RocketArts’, a 3-year arts-based research project for sick and injured children in hospital

Launch of world's largest study into impact of arts on health

King’s College London and UCL have launched the world’s largest ever study into the impact and scalability of arts interventions on physical and mental health

Call for Posters, Social Prescribing Conference - deadline 15 April 2019

RCPsych and NHS England are delighted to host a national conference on social prescribing.  Aiming to bring together healthcare professionals across the UK who want to support the development of social prescribing within the locality.

CQC reports on the "State of Care"

The Care Quality Commission has published its annual summary of the State of Care. Tom Trenholm, Chief Executive of the CQC, describes a "story of contrasts" that assesses "both the resilience and the potential vulnerability" of the heath and care sectors, but also describes the risk of 'care injustice'.

New Health and Social Care Sustainability Research Centre

The Health Foundation is to establish a new Health and Social Care Sustainability Research Centre to develop long-term thinking about health services in the UK. 

The Centre will provide independent projections, research and analysis with a network of academic partners and expects to provide around £10 million of funding over the next five years through an open and transparent commissioning process in 2019.

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Facing the Future

To kick-start the autumn, LAHF has commissioned a series of blogs about the future of arts and health which we will be publishing daily over the next 2 weeks. The blogs, from leading practitioners working across the spectrum of creativity and wellbeing ask where this work is heading and what challenges and opportunities might open up in the year ahead. The blog series will begin on Monday 10th September and a new blog will be published each weekday until 21st September.

ComRes survey suggests majority of GPs support arts in health

A ComRes survey of over 1,000 GPs, commissioned by Aesop in February this year suggests that over 60% of GPs agree that engagement with the arts can support both the prevention of ill health, and NHS staff. 44% also agree that arts interventions could be a cost-effective contribution to primary care.

The survey showed that:

#NHS70 #HealthHaiku

As part of Creativity and Wellbeing Week we ran an event with arts charity 64 Million Artists celebrating poetry and wellbeing by encouraging people to write haikus about health. We are going to repeat this on 5 July the 70th anniversary of the NHS and hope you will join in. All you need to do is tweet or share on Facebook a short poem (5 syllables/7syllables/5syllables) with thoughts about health and wellbeing and use the hashtag #HealthHaiku - we will share them and sprinkle some creativity over the NHS 70th anniversary celebrations.

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