New long-term plan for the NHS
The NHS plan was launched early this month by NHS England, with the endorsement of the government. The plan focuses on improving care outside hospital and greater integration and cooperation between services. The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance is preparing a report assessing the opportunities for culture and creativity to deliver the plan's aspirations for personalised care.
A Day in the Life
This is the first of a new series of short interviews with the people who make up the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance - our members, and partners. First up is Hayley Youell, who started as the Alliance's events coordiator in November last year, and has a background as a musician and facilitator working in museums and community settings
Update on the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing
Since the publication of the Creative Health report in July 2017, the APPG has pursued strategies to encourage the implementation of the ten recommendations, including six dissemination events around the country, in partnership with the regional leads for the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance. You can find out more about the APPG’s activity during 2017/18 in the annual report: http://bit.ly/APPGAHWannualreport Read more
Treasury of Activities for Older People
This compilation from the Baring Foundation by Liz Postlethwaite (Small Things and the Storybox Project) contains 50 activities created specifically with older people in mind, as well as tips for working with older groups for the first time.
Activities to do one-to-one, in small groups and larger groups Covering the visual arts and crafts, dance, performance, music & singing and creative writing With many activities dementia-friendly and suitable for care homes Ranging from short tasters to workshops that could be done over a longer period. The Treasury can be downloaded here https://baringfoundation.org.uk/resource/treasury-of-arts-activities-for.... Hard copies are available while stocks last - please email email@example.com
Voluntary Arts Big Conversation results
The annual survey from Voluntary Arts highlights the contribution that the voluntary and amateur creative sector makes to addressing loneliness and social isolation. Despite the challenges faced by creative individuals and groups, and the broader context of political uncertainty, optimism about the future of the voluntary arts sector remains high, scoring 4.35 out of a possible 5.
DCMS turns its focus to social prescribing
The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport acknowledged in his recent speech at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry that that 'culture plays a big part in making us healthier and happier people', as well as its contributions to the economy, and announced that the DCMS 'is working closely with the Department of Health and Social Care, and NHS England, to support greater use of social prescribing, in particular to address loneliness and help people with their mental health.' Mr Wright went on to say that he looked forward to social prescribing 'becoming a mainstream part of NHS delivery, with 60 per cent of Clinical Commissioning Groups currently supporting the delivery of social prescribing projects' - although no funding was specifically committed to arts and cultural providers supporting social prescribing.
Jeremy Wright's Value of Culture speech was given at the Belgrade Theatre in advance of Coventry's year as the UK's city of culture in two years' time.
Read the full speech
Paintings in Hospitals celebrates 60 years with new blog series
National charity Paintings in Hospitals is marking six decades of work in the UK’s health and social care spaces with 60 weekly blogs detailing the impact of art on our wellbeing from well-known artists, academics, critics, patients, carers and more. 60 Years, 60 Voices aims to highlight the contribution Paintings in Hospitals has made to the nation’s physical, mental and social health since the charity’s founding in 1959 by sharing personal stories from its diverse community of supporters. The online campaign kicked off this month with a BBC archive audio clip of Paintings in Hospitals’ founder Sheridan Russell speaking about the beginnings of the charity on Desert Island Discs in 1970. This was followed by a heartfelt article ‘Food of the human spirit’ by renowned contemporary artist and Paintings in Hospitals patron Maggi Hambling CBE.
Find the full press release attached
Read the blog here https://www.paintingsinhospitals.org.uk/Blogs/60-years-60-voices
Media Release - PiH60 - 60 Years, 60 Voices - 2019.pdf
Arts Council England updates on Brexit
ACE has commissioned two surveys of culture sector organisations as well as a study of EU funding for culture in England.
· The impact of Brexit on the arts and culture sector: 2018
· The arts and culture sector and exit from the European Union
· Assessing the European Union’s contribution to the arts, museums & creative industries in England
ACE has used this evidence to support its work with government to help ensure we get the best deal for culture.
Its surveys suggest the most important areas of focus are:
· Ensuring the continuation of the £40m a year the sector receives each year in EU funding
· Changes to ease of movement affecting international touring and booking international artists to perform in the UK
· An increase in costs and barriers for moving objects and instruments in international tours or museum lending due to changes in customs agreements
· The continuation of legal frameworks important to the creative sector, such as copyright, Artists Resale Right, employment and taxation legislation.
ACE will be publishing further guidance for artists and organisations in England to help minimise disruption.
Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre launched
A consortium of university and industry partners led by Nesta will be deliverying a new policy and evidence centre (PEC) as part of the UK's Creative Industries Clusters Programme. The PEC is being designed to support policy decisions relating to the creative industries. Industry partners include the Creative Industries Federation, the British Film Institute, Creative England and Tech Nation.
The consortium also includes:
· University of Manchester
· University of Glasgow
· Cardiff University
· University of Essex
· Work Foundation
· Newcastle University
· Ulster University
· University of Edinburgh
· The London School of Economics and Political Science
· University of Birmingham
The PEc's first piece of research is Creativity and the Future of Skills - which uses 35 million job adverts from 2013 to 2017 to demonstrate the importance of creativity to jobs.
Read more about the Creative Clusters here
Read more about the PEC here
NHS long-term plan launched
The NHS long-term plan has been launched by NHS England, endorsed by government. The plan demands a repeal of parts of the 2012 Health and Social Care Act, which the Prime Minister has also acknowledged has proved damaging to the health service. The King's Fund has said that "NHS leaders should be applauded for focusing on improving services outside hospitals and moving towards more joined-up, preventative and personalised care for patients", but that "A number of decisions – notably on hospital waiting times – have been postponed, indicating that trade-offs and difficult choices lie ahead". The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance is preparing an analysis of the implications for the sector.
Questions remain about whether the goals it sets out are commensurate with current funding levels.
The full plan is attached here.
Read the King's Fund's response here