Latest resources

In this section you will find all the research, guidelines, data and resources that we have included in the LAHF newsletter. You can filter these by type of resource, or by theme using the tags on the right hand side of this page.

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The Arts in Prison: Special edition of the Prison Service Journal

The 239th issue of the HM Prison Service’s peer-reviewed journal is a Special Edition on Arts in Prison edited by Dr Michael Fiddler and National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance steering group member Alli Black. The edition contains 10 articles and evaluations that show a partial snapshot of the vital and important work being done in the arts both within and outside prisons.

Supervision and Support - A collation of questions, finding and resources from LAHF

On September 18th 2018 London Arts in Health Forum hosted a discussion event to explore the need for support for artists own health and wellbeing when they are delivering arts and health activity.

Aesop/BOP Active Ingredients report

Aesop and BOP Consulting have published a new approach to helping practitioners and commissioners in the arts and social sectors to understand more about how arts interventions actually work.

What does success look like for arts in criminal justice settings?

This new paper from the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance is the result of roundtable discussions commissioned by Arts Council England, and attended by leading voices in arts and criminal justice.

Unexpected Encounters: How museums nurture living and ageing well

The Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG)'s latest publication addresses the question of ageing at a time in which dominant perceptions of older age focus on decline, frailty, illness and dependence, linked to a medical model that pathologises and problematises ageing.

BMJ study suggests art therapy carries important information for clinicians

A US study led by Dr Girija Kaimal suggests that artwork created during therapy offered to service men and women may convey valuable information to the treating clinicians about patterns of resilience and risk.

The study was funded by the US National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

What Works for Wellbeing guide for measuring impact on wellbeing

What Works for Wellbeing has published a practical guide for small to medium-sized charities or social enterprises seeking to measure their impact on wellbeing – whether this is in terms of health, education or employment. The guide will help you design questions and analyse their results.

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Strength in Networks

A comparative analysis of six creative interventions designed for people diagnosed  with dementia across England and Wales

Reimagining Community Care

The King’s Fund has published a comprehensive report exploring NHS community services and calling for greater input for voluntary services.

The report analyses the current provision of community services and decries the silos which create challenges in health and care provision.

Art therapy and veterans

Research published in the International Journal of Art Therapy provides an overview of short and long-term art therapy treatment for military service members with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

Group singing and Post Natal Depression

A new study published in The British Journal of Psychiatry has shown a positive correlation between participation in group singing workshops and an improvement in recovery from the symptoms of Post Natal Depression.

Arts in Health and Arts Therapies - A Statement Of Principles

Arts in health encompasses a number of different areas of practice including improving healthcare environments, participatory arts activity, medical training and arts therapies. Historically  the practice of arts therapy has been held as distinct from the broader field of arts in health; this has been an artificial and unhelpful separation.

GDPR Guidance

Voluntary Arts has produced a useful guide for organisations to the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which changes the way organisations must manage people’s data.

Safe to be me

Age UK has collaborated with the older LGBT charity Opening Doors London to produce a free resource pack for professionals called ‘Safe to be me’ that addresses meeting the needs of older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people using health and social care services.

Publication Prescriptions: Artists’ Books on Wellbeing and Medicine

The exhibition catalogue Prescriptions: Artists’ Books on Wellbeing and Medicine has been published: it explores the role book arts can play in raising awareness of the richness and value of lived accounts of illness.

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