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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Report on the impact of allied health professionals, including arts therapists

Public Health England has published research analysing the impact of allied health professionals on public health.

Public Health England commissioned a team of academics led by Sheffield Hallam University to undertake an initial review to:

Exploring early-stage dementia through photography and storytelling

A report by researcher Alison Ward on her research in Denmark exploring the experiences of people with early stage dementia, through the means of photography and storytelling.

Read the report here

Best practice guide for artists working in prison

A new guide for artists working in prisons has resulted from a three-year, evaluated programme of arts interventions in the Scottish criminal justice system.

New Resources from the Cultural Commissioning Programme

The NCVO’s Cultural Commissioning Programme has updated its website with a range of new resources for arts and cultural organisations and public service commissioners.

Among the resources available are some to help with:

Table of Directors of Public Health

Public Health England has published a list of all 113 Directors of Public Health in England.

The list provides a useful resource for people seeking to access local commissioners.

New Textbook of Creative Arts, Health, and Wellbeing

The Oxford Textbook of Creative Arts, Health, and Wellbeing will be launched at an event on 20 January 2016 6.30pm – 9pm at the Southbank Centre.

Dance and Parkinson’s

A new research study into the mark Morris Group’s Brooklyn Dance for PD programme has found that participants experienced significant improvement in overall movement, particularly walking.

The study, published in Journal of Neural Transmission, found participants reported feeling better and empowered and enhanced quality of life.

Music and Social Change

Researcher Francois Matarasso has published a paper exploring issues in delivering music projects aimed at tackling health and social outcomes.

Technically Older

The Baring Foundation has published a report looking at some of the challenges in delivering digital arts activity with older people.

An alternative guide to mental health

The King’s Fund has produced an animated alternative guide to mental health services in the UK. The animation explores the range of services available highlighting key issues in mental health provision.

NCVO guidance on DBS checks

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has published a helpful blog offering suggestions and guidance for charities and organisations needing to carry out DBS checks (formerly CRB checks) on staff and volunteers.

The blog can be found at

Special issue of Arts & Health: Culture, museums and wellbeing

Arts & Health – the international journal for research, policy and practice – has published a special issue focused on culture and museums, edited by Helen Chatterjee and Paul Camic.

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Toolkit: Singing & Dancing for Older People's Health and Wellbeing

Arts for Health Cornwall has created two toolkits to provide ideas, advice and inspiration to help care staff to begin singing and dancing sessions in their care settings.

The toolkits were developed from projects that have taken place in care settings across Cornwall, pulling together the experiences and knowledge of care staff and practitioners.

Short guide: 'Music & Autism: Creating a social & participant-led environment'

A new booklet from Sound Connections based on a 2015 training session with music and autism specialist Tina Pinder.