Since the publication of Creative Health last July, the All-Party Parliamentary Group has been working to support progress on the report’s ten recommendations. There have been five regional events to disseminate the findings from Creative Health organised by the regional representatives of the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing. Events have been held in Manchester, Hull, Gateshead, Shrewsbury, Walsall, and there is one in Derbyshire coming up. Further events in the East and South East are planned for the autumn. Lord Howarth, Co-Chair of the APPG has spoken at many of these as well as other conferences and seminars around the country and abroad.
Building on the success of the Inquiry process, the APPG is delivering a series of meetings and round tables in parliament to explore the recommendations in the report, encourage open-minded cross-sector discussion, and identify and agree actions to further progress. Papers from the meetings can be found here.
The King’s Fund has been commissioned to do a feasibility study on Recommendation 1 from the report - the establishment of a strategic centre for culture and health. Sarah Gregory, the King’s Fund researcher, has been conducting focus groups and interviews with a wide range of stakeholders. The feasibility study will be published in September. The Creative Health Next Steps work has been generously supported by Wellcome and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.