Art at the Heart (AATH)

Art at the Heart of the RUH

Art at the Heart (AATH) is the charitably funded, arts programme for the Royal United Hospitals NHS Trust and was first established in 2000. The RUH delivers acute health care to a catchment population of 500,000 residents across Bath & North East Somerset, North Wiltshire and South Gloucester. The RUH is a major employer in the Bath area, as a Foundation Trust Hospital it strives for excellence in its innovation and research.


Arts on Prescription Fact Sheet

Arts & Health South West
Arts & Health South West Fact Sheets provide you with a summary of information on a given subject based on a Frequently Asked Questions format. They also provide you with signposting for further research. - See more at:

Arts, Health and Wellbeing Beyond the Millennium: How far have we come and where do we want to go?

Royal Society for Public Health

This report gives an overview of the arts and health field, with particular reference to the UK and New Zealand.

It provides a review of the evidence for the benefits of the arts to health, as well as the policy context of commissioning arts and health initiatives. It also highlights the potential role arts can play within professional education contexts (for example within medical training) as well as within therapy, healthcare and community settings.

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

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)

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.  

Arts Alliance Evidence Library

Arts Alliance

The Evidence Library is an online library housing the key research and evaluation documents on the impact of arts-based projects, programmes and interventions within the Criminal Justice System.

It is searchable by arts organisations, evaluation organisations, artforms and many more categories:
Enter the Library and search the sections for the evidence you want.

Medicine, Health & the Arts

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.

rb&hArts case studies

Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust

rb&hArts' case studies take an in-depth look at some recent rb&hArts projects, from initial ideas through to final installations and performances, giving an insight into the aims, context, processes and outcomes of our work.


Arts in Health: a new prognosis


In recent years the arts in health field has acquired the expertise to address a wide spectrum of medical, health and social care issues.  It has the resilience and resourcefulness to weather the impending health service reforms in an era of austerity. But it will need to adapt conceptually and in delivery to healthcare environments in which patient choice, GP commissioning power and a new public health workforce are the drivers of change.

Department of Health building notes

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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