Healing Arts is the arts & health department of the Isle of Wight PCT. Located off the south coast of England, and serving a population of 130,000(winter) and 250,000(summer), the PCT, uniquely, commissions NHS healthcare on the Isle of Wight, and is responsible for delivery of secondary and primary healthcare to the Island population.
Healing Arts seeks to provide a comprehensive range of high quality programmes across all departments of the PCT linking the arts with healthcare to bring about recovery from illness, improvements in health, and promoting the well-being of the Trust’s patients, staff and the Island community.
Healing Arts works with individual wards/departments, the Trust’s Estates department and its contracted architects on the design and maintenance of both new and existing healthcare environments/buildings. The aim is to create quality environments that deliver more effective treatment, speedier recovery for patients and to assist the health professions in the delivery of their services.
A collection of 1500 artworks is displayed on wards, clinics, public spaces and heath buildings. These are documented in the publication “Hampshire: Southampton & the Isle of Wight. The Public Catalogue Foundation – Oil paintings in Public ownership. March 2007”. ISBN 1-904931-19-7
‘A Lifetime’s Health Delivered Creatively’
Healing Arts is in receipt of a research grant from H.M.Treasury’s Invest to Save Budget Round 8 to conduct research 2007–2010 with three key health target groups
- Stroke Survivors on a hospital stroke unit.
- Mental Health – depression and anxiety - in the community.
- Children of Primary School age (5-10 years) and activity to prevent overweight / obesity.
The aim of the research is to design and deliver an arts intervention for each of these groups which improves health outcomes and opportunities. The research is seeking to identify the changes in health of participants as a consequence of the intervention. This will then enable the potential cost benefit of the intervention and any cost effectiveness in relation to other healthcare services or treatments being delivered. The research will also examine the structures that make for effective delivery of an arts intervention as part of healthcare and new partnerships in the delivery of public health services that arise.
The Reports on the 3 programmes and their respective outcomes will be published in Autumn 2010 and will be available on a new Healing arts section of the Isle of Wight PCT website www.iow.nhs.uk
Healing Arts Team
Guy Eades is the Director and full-time staff appointment of the IoW NHS PCT.
The artists, who are independent artists experienced in healthcare are:
Colin Riches, visual artist
Maggie O’Connor, musician and singer
Elizabeth Bolwell, dance and movement
Carol Jaye, writer and ceramics
Lucy Wells, community arts
Jamie Williams, film
The Research Team
Matrix Insight London have designed the research method and are undertaking the research analysis and reporting.
Matt Baumann is their researcher. Lead Investigators are Jacqui Ager (mental health) and Simon Peck (stroke).
‘Time Being 7’ is the “active play” programme for children & adults developed for delivery in Year 3 of Primary School to prevent overweight and obesity.
The programme is delivered over 20 weeks in a weekly 2 hour session as part of the school curriculum. It addresses activities that engage the creativity and imagination of children and that they can play and develop for themselves at home with the involvement of their family.
The purpose is to move them and their family away from a sedentary lifestyle with the prevention of disease in adulthood that a sedentary lifestyle is prone to induce.
The outcome measure for the research is the level of daily time spent watching TV and engaged in other screen-based activities.
The research was conducted over the period November 2007 - March 2009.
‘Time Being 2’ is a structured participatory combined art form programme delivered over 12 weeks in weekly 2 hour sessions for a group of 10-15 persons experiencing mild to moderate mental health conditions – depression and anxiety – and low levels of personal social capital.
Persons are referred via GPs to the Primary Care Mental Team and onto Healing Arts.
As well as engaging in a shared group creative workshop programme participants are encouraged to develop individual social networks and participation in creative activities as part of their on-going lifestyle.
The outcome measures identify changes in participant’s self-esteem, depression, personal social capital, mental well-being, and their subsequent use of anti-depressants, use of primary and secondary health services, and participation in further education, training and work.
The research is being conducted over the period April 2008 – March 2010.
‘Stroke Survivors Programme’ is a pilot evaluation and exploratory study into the meaning and value of a person – centred arts programme to stroke survivors during a hospital stay.
The programme has been delivered on the acute Stroke Unit at St. Mary’s Hospital, Isle of Wight from May – December 2009.
Included in the research sample are patients with communication, mental health and cognitive problems- a common consequence of stroke.
The intervention consists of an introductory session and then up to six subsequent 45 minute sessions on the Unit with the participant during the period they become medically stable and prior to discharge. The subject /arts activity in each session is selected and determined by the participant. The study is predominantly a qualitative study looking at the experiences and outcomes of participation in the arts in the context of treatment and rehabilitation in hospital.
The research also aims to explore and provide an account of the implementation of the arts intervention on the unit in partnership with the stroke unit’s multi – disciplinary team.
For further details and enquiries please contact:
Guy Eades, Director Healing Arts, Isle of Wight NHS Primary Care Trust,
St. Mary’s, Parkhurst Road, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 5TG, United Kingdom.
Tel: 0044 (0)1983 534253 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
© “Time Being” arts and health programmes are the copyright of Healing Arts, Isle of Wight NHS Primary Care Trust. May 2008