health

Sensory Palaces

Sensory Palaces 12 May 2015 photography Tim Mitchell
Sensory Palaces 12 May 2015 photography Tim Mitchell

Sensory Palaces is a health and wellbeing programme, managed by the Learning & Engagement (L&E) team at Historic Royal Palaces, for people living with early stage dementia and their carers. The programme, currently based at Hampton Court Palace, engages audiences in the palaces through a unique combination of senses, spaces and stories.

Dance to Health (a falls prevention dance programme for older people)

Dance To Health Abingdon - Photo Helen Murray

Aim: To demonstrate that a suitably constructed arts programme can address a major challenge in the health system and go to scale

Objectives: PILOT (with key activity periods)

The Happy Museum

Leeds City Council logo

The Happy Museum – a health and wellbeing for people of all ages at Abbey House Museum, Kirkstall, Leeds.
Abbey House Museum, Kirkstall, Leeds, is part of Leeds Museums and Galleries. The Happy Museum is a national scheme which encourages museums to contribute to the health, wellbeing and sustainability agenda.

Bringing the arts to life: a guide to the arts and long-term care

Organisation: 
Global Alliance for the Arts in Health (US); IDEAS Institute

This latest resource from the Global Alliance for Arts & Health, published in partnership with IDEAS Institute and The Hulda B. & Maurice L. Rothschild Foundation, provides examples of how the arts in long-term care communities can play a key role in person-centered care by engaging older adults in the artistic process.

Research Directory (Global Alliance for Arts in Health - US)

Organisation: 
Global Alliance for the Arts in Health (US)

This Research Directory, made possible by a partnership with the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine, is regularly updated with research from the field.  

A Right Old Song & Dance: evaluation

Organisation: 
Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

A Right Old Song and Dance was an Awards for All funded residency at Dorset County Hospital for a storyteller and musician who worked with patients on Barnes Ward, particularly those with dementia. It was conceived by the Arts in Hospital programme and nursing staff on the ward as a way to enhance the clinical and social wellbeing of patients and staff.

Medicine, Health & the Arts

Organisation: 
University of Bristol; Bournemouth University; Plymouth University Peninsula School of Medicine

In recent decades, both medical humanities and medical history have emerged as rich and varied sub-disciplines. Medicine, Health and the Arts is a collection of specially commissioned essays designed to bring together different approaches to these complex fields.

Seabreeze: South London Mental Health Trial

Organisation: 
South London & the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust; Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London; Dance United

The partners wanted to test an intervention for young adults aged 18 – 35 living in south London in the early stages of diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar and other mental health conditions. The typical profiles included those who had sought help for psychological problems, with impairment in psychosocial functioning and specific signs and symptoms indicating high risk of bipolar disorder; those with an early diagnosis of schizophrenia, or experiencing psychosis or being treated by their GP for depression/anxiety.

The art of being healthy: a qualitative study to develop a thematic framework for understanding the relationship between health and the arts

Organisation: 
The University of Western Australia; Murdoch University, Western Australia

Objective In recent years the health–arts nexus has received increasing attention; however, the relationship is not well understood and the extent of possible positive, negative and unintended outcomes is unknown.

Department of Health building notes

Organisation: 
Department of Health (UK)

Health building notes give best practice guidance on the design and planning of new healthcare buildings and on the adaptation/extension of existing facilities.

They provide information to support the briefing and design processes for individual projects in the NHS building programme.

(For reference - April 2014, LAHF website:

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