Music in Stroke services

Air Arts Royal Derby Hospital

An 18 month project from March 2015 set up by Air Arts to embed music listening, music participation and music therapy approaches into Stroke Services at the Royal Derby Hospital.  

The project had two main aims:
• To improve patient experience, wellbeing and recovery through use of music through a variety of delivery methods.  
• To train staff to incorporate elements of music listening, therapy and participation into their daily therapy sessions with patients.

Our objectives were:

A Lifetimes Health Delivered Creatively

Healing Arts ISB8

Comprised of three Programmes;

‘Time Being Seven – TB7’

‘Time Being Two -TB2’

‘Time Being Stroke – TBS’.

Collectively the programmes were delivered over the period 2006 -2012 and were funded by H.M Treasury – Invest to Save Budget Round 8 in partnership with the Isle of Wight NHS Trust and delivered at health and public service venues on the Isle of Wight.


Nick Rutter

STROKESTRA is a pioneering collaboration between the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) and the Humber NHS Trust’s Hull Integrated Community Stroke Service (HICSS) which uses group creative music-making alongside professional musicians to drive patient-led recovery in stroke survivors and their carers.

Research indicates art aids stroke recovery

Stroke survivors who like art have a significantly higher quality of life than those who do not, according to new research.

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