Arts and Health South West annual conference – 24 November 2017

The conference will feature practical insights into Social Prescribing and arts and health work across the South West, as well as a showcase of regional work from across the South West.

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Creative arts can positively impact mental health in the long term

A new study published in The International Journal of Mental Health Promotion suggests that active participation in the arts can improve wellbeing and social inclusion for a period of at least six months after the activity. Researchers at Anglia Ruskin University evaluated 12-week arts courses run by Open Arts Essex for mental health service users, carers and self-referred individuals.

Wellbeing data 2012-17

The Office of National Statistics has released wellbeing data for the past six years. The personal wellbeing data is searchable by region and indicates that happiness and life satisfaction levels have increased slightly over time.


Health Profile for England

The Health Profile for England report is the first time Public Health England has used its wealth of population health data to give an overall picture of the health of England. People are living longer than ever – life expectancy in England has now reached 79.5 years for males and 83.1 years for females. However, much of the extra time is spent in poor health.

Clinks - State of the Sector 2017

Criminal justice charity Clinks has published research into the circumstances facing voluntary organisations working in criminal justice and shining a light on what support organisations need to enable them to thrive.

Creative Health

The report of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing launched on 19th July in the Houses of Parliament. The report, which received widespread attention in press and media, was launched by the Co-Chairs of the APPG, Lord Alan Howarth and Ed Vaizey, MP. It contains 10 recommendations for policy changes to improve the access of everyone to the arts for health and wellbeing. Supported by a comprehensive review of research and practice examples, the report offers a range of resources for everyone working in this area.

Arts and culture organisations push parties ahead of General Election

A number of arts and culture organisations – including the Museums Association, One Dance UK, the Creative Industries Federation, and the Cultural Learning Alliance – have issued manifestos ahead of the general election. The Creative Industries Federation is also hosting a series of events at which leading figures from the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National Party will speak about their party’s approach to the arts and creative industries and take part in a Q&A session.

New report highlights injustice in relation to disability in Britain

"Being disabled in Britain: A journey less equal" highlights the many disadvantages and inequalities still faced by disabled people, including those with mental health problems. The report is designed to help UK and devolved governments improve law and policy to ensure services meet the needs of disabled people, and to support disability groups by strengthening their case for change.

QMUL and ACE in new partnership

In a first for Arts Council England, the two institutions will come together under a new formal agreement to work on creative leadership, global research programmes, and community engagement. The partnership will also create opportunities for cultural and artistic engagement in London’s East End, where the university is based.

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King's Fund report reveals the impact of underfunding on future care

The King's Fund have published a new report, "Understanding NHS Financial Pressures", the findings of which "set out create a fundamental challenge to the direction of travel set out in the NHS five year forward view". The report (attached) focuses primarily on four areas: genito-urinary medicine, district nursing, elective hip replacement, and neonatal services, and suggests that "Many of the cuts that have been made – such as cuts to staff and preventive services – are storing up problems for the future".


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