Surveys and consultations

ArtWorks survey

A survey is being undertaken to support the Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) initiative, ArtWorks, which seeks to understand and develop support for artists working in participatory settings. This survey is interested in responses from practising artists from all artform areas, who may engage to whatever extent with individuals, groups and communities through their practice. All responses will be anonymous, and under no circumstances will individual responses be made available to partners in the project or published.

Volunteers in health

Regional Voices has launched a survey to gauge levels of voluntary sector engagement with health and wellbeing boards. The survey asks about how the voluntary sector is able to influence the joint strategic needs assessment, the health and wellbeing strategy and local commissioning. Closing date for the survey will be 10am on 6 March.

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Public Representatives on Quality

NHS England is seeking to recruit up to three Patient and Public Voice Representatives for its Quality and Clinical Risk Committee. This is an opportunity for staff/volunteers of patient groups, and charities supporting patients and service users, to ensure the voice of patients is heard as the NHS designs and delivers services.

Patient and Public Voice (PPV) Representatives may be:

Bethlem museum consultation

Bethlem Archives and Museum is in the process of building a new museum space to tell the story of the history of Bethlem Royal Hospital, largely regarded as the world's oldest psychiatric hospital. The museum service is planning two consultation events to look at aspects of the plans and to hear from the potential audience for the museum. The first will be held on Thursday 23 January from 6pm-8pm and will focus on ECT machines. The second will be held on Thursday 6 February from 6pm-8pm and will focus on strong clothing and restraints.

Public Art Survey 2013

Public arts think-tank ixia has launched its Public Art Survey 2013. The annual public art survey builds a map of the sector, providing information to help advocate the benefits of public art. Results will be published in the new year. To complete the survey visit w: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/IXIA-SURVEY-2013

American programme for arts and health for the military

Americans for the Arts have issued a comprehensive publication exploring the ways in which the arts can support current and ex-servicemen and women. The publication, 'Arts, Health and Wellbeing Across the Military Continuum’ outlines the research that has thus far been undertaken into the impact of the arts on health problems like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. It also includes practical guidance for setting up arts activities with veterans and calls for changes in military policy to better integrate the arts into health and care for the services.

Digital culture

New research by NESTA and Arts Council England into the ways in which arts organisations are utilising new technology shows that almost three-quarters of organisations now regard new technology as essential to their marketing, and over half see it as essential to their operations. Between 25 per cent and 50 per cent of organisations report that digital technologies are delivering them major positive impacts in terms of audience development, creative output and operating efficiency.

Impact of cuts on London

The LVSC has published its annual Big Squeeze survey; a snapshot of the current impact the economic and policy climate is having on the voluntary and community sector in London and the people who use their services. It suggests that Londoners are being negatively affected by recent local authority cuts, welfare reforms, the housing crisis and unemployment. The survey found that 51% of London’s voluntary and community sector organisations reported a reduction in their overall funding in 2012-13, 27% closed services over the year.

Massive increase in hospital admissions

The Government has published new data showing that 41,500 patients are admitted to hospital every day in England, an increase of nearly 13 per cent in five years. The figures, published by the Government’s Health and Social Care Information Centre, record over 15 million admissions in 2012-13 compared to 13.5m in 2007-08. Barts Health NHS Trust had the greatest number of admissions in the year with 237,500.

End of life care improvements

Public Health England has published the results of research into end of life care which show more people are dying at home than was the case 5 years ago. PHE hailed this as an improvement which reflected people’s wishes not to die in hospital. A survey of public attitudes revealed 7% say they would prefer to die in hospital, compared to two-thirds (67%) who would prefer to die at home.

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