Arts Connect is the Trust’s arts-in-health programme, delivering projects across the sites to improve patient and staff experience and enhance the environment.
We use the arts to distract, relax, stimulate and engage, which can have tangible benefits on health and wellbeing. Arts interventions are proven to help people stay well, recover faster, manage long term conditions and experience a better quality of life.
If you would like to learn more, the report Creative Health (by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing) sets out comprehensive evidence and examples of practice which demonstrate the beneficial impact of the arts.
Our arts programme has three different work strands which all improve the patient experience:
Enhancing the Healing Environment: Commissioning art and design schemes for clinics, wards and public spaces to enhance the environment and staff/patient wellbeing, and managing the existing art collection.
Creative Participation: Providing creative activities for patients of all ages both within the hospital and the community.
Music and Performing Arts: Bringing musicians and performers on to the wards to entertain patients and staff.
We are always looking for volunteers to help us with our arts programme, whether you are a musician, artist or have experience of working in the arts we would love to hear from you.