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 Aesop PHE Evaluation Framework

Aesop and Public Health England has published a framework for evaluating arts activities designed to support health and wellbeing.

The document aims to “strengthen understanding of what works in specific contexts and enable realistic assessment and appropriate comparisons to be made between programmes.”

And is intended for:

Poverty medicine: General practice and vulnerable patients

An assessment by GP Jonathan Tomlinson of vulnerability, poverty, and resilience, their relationship with health and healthcare, and what this requires of GPs, policy makers and patient advocates.

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Life Story Work for People with Dementia, Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary People

This new book sets out the benefits of using a life story approach for people living with dementia and provides guidance for good practice.

Theatre for children in hospital

This new book looks at the place of theatre for children who are hospitalized, showing how powerfully it can enhance their social and mental wellbeing.

Prison education review recommends greater arts provision

'Unlocking Potential: A review of education in prison'.

Published by the Ministry of Justice, Dame Sally Coates review recommends ‘greater provision of high quality creative arts’ as a means to improve general access to education and employment.

The Art of Commissioning: Report and video from the Cultural Commissioning Programme

A report and video resulting from the three-year Cultural Commissioning Programme, designed to help health commissioners better engage with the arts and cultural sector.

The report brings together case studies and analysis from the New Economics Foundation’s work with Kent County Council and the Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group.

Engaging families with young children through music

An essay by Soundcastle and Creative Futures exploring their recent projects aimed at those deemed ‘hard to reach’.

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New guide to participation in health innovation from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity

'The art of involving people in health innovation' is based on interviews with local health innovators funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity. It addresses the challenges of developing and delivering new health projects with the involvement of professionals, people who use health services, and the wider public.

Examination of the use of the arts to improve health and healing in WA hospitals

The report is the first project undertaken by the new WA Arts and Health Consortium, established in response to Australia’s 2014 National Arts and Health Framework. It suggests that the considerable arts activities currently underway in Western Australia are not met with sufficient evaluation, or supported by long-term strategy and policy.

Oxford Textbook of Creative Arts, Health, and Wellbeing

International perspectives on practice, policy, and research.

Edited by Stephen Clift, Professor of Health Education and Director Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health, and Paul M. Camic, Professor of Psychology and Public Health, and Research Director, Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology, both at Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent, UK

Correlations between health and happiness

John Appleby looks at the correlation between health and happiness for the BMJ.

Heritage Lottery Fund: New conversations across generations

The latest in a new blog from heritage lottery fund policy advisor for Communities and Diversity, Liz Ellis, exploring HLF-supported projects involving both younger and older people.

Arts and health videos and podcasts from Australia

Material from Arts & Health: Making The Connections, in Adelaide, June 2016.

A healthier life for all: The case for cross-government action

The Health Foundation and the All-Party Parliamentary Health Group have co-published a set of essays examining the case for cross government action to improve health. The essays explore the current and emerging threats to health and wellbeing and what we know about what works to address them. 

Mini-doc on arts in health in Canada

Mini-documentary on arts in health from Canada, which features a range of Arts & Health initiatives and includes interviews with champions of Arts & Health in British Columbia.

Read more and watch the documentary.