Quick guide to partnerships between arts organisations and health commissioners

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has co-produced The Art of the Possible with the Association of Directors of Public Health to support closer partnership work to prevent illness and improve existing conditions.

It is aimed at local authorities, clinical commissioning groups, NHS hospital trusts and other health bodies that have not worked with arts and cultural organisations before.

Research carried out for July’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing Inquiry report highlighted several examples of savings through avoided hospital admissions. The guide aims to bring both sides together, pointing out that arts and cultural organisations are not always well connected with the wider voluntary sector or with other providers, may have limited knowledge of how to find out about commissioning opportunities, and can miss out on partnership opportunities. Meanwhile, it hopes to help commissioners new to the concept to learn how to work with such organisations.

Download the attached guide