2016/17 APPG Inquiry Submissions

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPGAHW) has collaborated on an Inquiry into Arts, Health and Wellbeing with King’s College London, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and the Royal Society for Public Health. The Co-Chair of the APPGAHW is Lord Howarth of Newport. The National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing provides the Secretariat for the APPGAHW and has project managed the Inquiry. The Inquiry is funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Wellcome and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. These submissions were received in response to a call for practice examples that was made in the summer of 2016. You can download the full list of submissions here.

Music Therapy and Dementia

Music Therapy and Dementia
MHA logo

The study took place over five months, with nine residents and seven care staff in the intervention group. The residents received a 1:1 active music therapy session once a week.  Each 30-minute session was conducted by an experienced, qualified, HCPC registered MHA music therapist and was video-recorded.

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:

The Alchemy Project

Image credit Pari Naderi
Image credit Pari Naderi

In 2015 The Alchemy Project undertook an innovative action research project pioneering the delivery of two, dance-led interventions, working intensively over 4 weeks, with two cohorts of young adults accessing Early Intervention in Psychosis Services through the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM).

Creative Homes

Creative Homes
Creative Homes
Creative Homes
Creative Homes

Aims and objectives:
At Creative Homes we support families to give children the best start in life. Our playful solutions reduce daily stresses in the home and help create happier, healthier and better connected families.
From toothbrushing to healthy eating, toilet training to reducing mess and clutter, we’re here to help reduce day-to-day stress in the home. We offer a range of simple playful and creative solutions, which give families a helping hand towards building lasting, positive routines.


In-between-ness video performance Karen Heald & Susan Liggett
In-between-ness image Karen Heald

Date: April 2010 to April 2013
Location: Gwynedd Hospital, Bangor, Gwynedd, UK
Client: Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCU HB)
Partners: Bangor University, Glyndwr University & Leeds Metropolitan University
Research Team:  Artists – Dr Karen Heald and Dr Susan Liggett,  Scientists – Dr Richard Tranter, Professor Rob Poole and Professor Catherine A Robinson.
Funders & Supporters:  Arts Council of Wales, North Wales Clinical School Research Department and Bangor University.

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)

National Dance Company Wales: Dance for Parkinson’s Project in collaboration with English National Ballet

National Dance Company Wales

Dance for Parkinson’s, a project piloted by NDCWales in 2014 and continued since, forms the backbone of the Company’s commitment to participation in dance to support health and well-being for those most in need.

ATIC: Developing a recovery-based art therapy practice

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

ATIC (Art Therapy in the Community) is a recovery-based art therapy group run by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The group is designed to meet the needs adults with severe mental health problems making the transition from acute inpatient mental health hospital to community based care. The group has been running since 2009.

Description of the arts activity

Big Lottery Volunteer Reader Scheme (Merseyside)

Big Lottery Volunteer Reader Scheme (Merseyside)
Big Lottery Volunteer Reader Scheme (Merseyside)

The Reader works collaboratively with CRILS  - The Centre for Research into Reading, Literature and Society at Liverpool University. Both organisations exist to bring reading into closer relation with health and wellbeing and this practice example is to be read alongside the CRILS submission to the APPG.

Aims and Objectives:

1. To model a volunteer-based project capable of bringing about transformative change for volunteers who were unemployed and/or experiencing mental health problems.

A visual literacy course for dermatology trainees

A visual literacy course for dermatology trainees

A pilot course with the aim of improving the visual literacy of trainee dermatologists from a regional training programme in Manchester in North West England was developed following discussions between senior dermatologists, an arts educator (Helena Tomlin) and a regional art gallery (Salford Museum and Art Gallery). The course ran from September – November 2015 and was funded by the Dermatology Centre of The University of Manchester Academic Health Science Centre.

Description of the arts activity

Supported using public funding by the Arts Council England