Following lunch, the day split into two loosely themed areas around our mental health and wellbeing and dementia. This was planned in simple response to those of you who wanted to share your practice and research. Thank you Tom Macan, Miriam Avery, Alison Bowry, Sheila Gleadhill, Rachel Radford, Sarah Greaves, Carol Hanson, Jeni McConnell, Sarah Lawton, Stacey Coughlin, Kathryn West, Tom Jefferies, Kate Bevan, Luz Loguercio, Helen Felcey and Kat Taylor. These breakaways were enthusiastically received and really make events like this.
Superb and thank you again.
A key critical issue would be that to integrate the arts and culture more formally to the devolution and public health agenda, they would need to be understood in terms of existing and emerging priorities of public health across Greater Manchester. Linking the arts would need to be meaningful and well thought through, not a smoke screen for simply glossing over systemic issues, and avoiding the social determinants of health - or in the worst case, a cost-cutting exercise. It was suggested that the work needs to be about investing in the arts and not‘volunteerism’.
Well, I’ll report back on that very soon...
Are you aware of ongoing research and/or evaluation of arts based work with nurses and other clinical staff that aims to improve the wellbeing of staff and which isn’t focused on how they work creatively with patients? So all about the health and wellbeing of the workforce. I’d be really grateful of links to any projects, research or evaluation. Email HERE. Many thanks.
…and whilst we have nurses in mind, the brilliant PRN online magazine has a feature by the A&E nurse, David Flecknoe about his training as a Speciality Registrar in Public Health. Excellent and click on the image below to read it.
The Government has begun a consultation exercise in the run-up to the publication of a White Paper for the Arts. The Places Challenge invites the public to “share and discuss your ideas on how culture and heritage can shape vibrant healthy communities across the country”. Click HERE to register and comment.
Whilst the government consults on the arts, another campaign has been launched to persuade MP’s to support public investment in the arts. The What Next? initiative, a campaign bringing together cultural leaders, includes an information pack available online with guidance on how to make a case for the arts. Supporters are also being asked to promote the campaign on social media. The move comes as the government prepares its comprehensive spending review in November, which is expected to mean a cut of up to 40% across most government departments, including the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Source: AI)
Public Health England has published a series of resources to help local authorities address health inequalities. The guidance and resources, which include a series of written and video stories to encourage local action on health inequalities, emphasise that the creative arts can “help individuals build and maintain social connections and can be beneficial for health and wellbeing.” Click HERE.
BIG NEWS from 42nd STREET
Date: Tuesday 1st December 2015
This national seminar in Arts Development UK’s professional development programme is aimed at officers involved in both policy and practice related to arts, health and wellbeing commissioning and service provision. Our training needs survey and previous seminar feedback indicated that arts officers across both England and Wales who are engaged in and keen to learn more this area of work. It will also assist health professionals to learn more about the benefits of applying arts and cultural participation to improve health and wellbeing. Speakers include Alex Coulter and Clive Parkinson. Click HERE for details.