WHAT curates an art collection of over 560 works that is on display in every nook and cranny of University Hospital Waterford transforming the hospital building from a bare, sterile, institutional space to a more human place. The awards were supported by the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine and the Cardiovascular Research Trust. The £1000 NHS-related second prize was awarded to medical librarian Andy Jackson for a poem inspired both by volunteering for research and by Hancock’s ‘The Blood Donor’. The two assessments (presentation and portfolio) are designed to provide public platforms for the dissemination of rigorous practice-based research while maintaining an emphasis on high standards of professional performance making.
There’s evidence of the positive long-term benefits of participating in the arts in all their forms from longitudinal studies from both mainstream cultural organisations, and from the wealth of focused arts and health projects. A prospectus produced jointly by the Department of Health and Arts Council England.
The breadth and diversity of the collection as well as the historical significance of many of the artefacts make the collection a unique resource to transform the healthcare environment for the benefit of patients, staff and visitors. One study, 77 conducted among older adults who were becoming frail, attempted to determine whether intense tai chi exercise could improve perceived health status and self-rated health more than wellness education. During 2013, the Alliance participated in a major national consultation on a National Framework for Arts and Health which was endorsed by Australian Health and Arts Ministers.
The organisation is free to join and offers events, a regular newsletter, training sessions, advice and support for artists, architects, clinical staff and service users – basically anyone with an interest in arts in health. The conference is her brainchild, and follows from her attendance at similar functions overseas. The aim of this series is to offer guidance on setting up and running singing groups for people with a range of enduring health issues. The effectiveness of applied arts practices is currently under-researched and this journal provides a vehicle for high quality scholarly activity. The day’s events, which carry CPD accreditation for professionals, explore how the arts can be harnessed to improve the provision of healthcare.
As can be seen from our analysis, it is likely that creative engagement contributes to many aspects of physiological and psychological conditions typically associated with improved health status. He has published over 300 peer reviewed papers and reports, including a report for the UK Department of Health which looked at the economic case for investing in mental health promotion and mental disorder prevention. In a study of patients admitted to a coronary care unit with acute myocardial infarction, Guzzetta found that relaxation and music therapy were effective in reducing stress. The National Arts and Health Framework was endorsed at a Meeting of Health Ministers on 11 November 2013.