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Summer 2007

Over the last 6 months the Arts for Health team have moved to Shepherd House, part of the Elizabeth Gaskell Campus of Manchester Metropolitan University. We also said goodbye to Dawn Prescott who had been our administrator and who's now working with our partner organisation, LIME. Replacing Dawn is Marie Dalton who deals with all the project administration and whose details can be found on our contacts page.

The research element of the project was awarded COREC ethical approval and is well on target to share its findings in September 2007. We'll be holding a launch event and debate at the Lowry on September 19th and details will be posted on this site over the coming months. You can find up-to-the-minute news on our research, by clicking here.

You may have noticed that the main Arts for Health web-pages are under reconstruction. Arts for Health is currently developing its strategic plan and will have dedicated pages opening soon and hope that the new-look site offers you all the up-to-date news you need. Arts for Health were recently asked to develop a website with EUCLID around research and sharing of knowledge in the international arts and health field. This can be found at Please feel free to contribute to this site by sharing your knowledge with us.

Arts Council England has been holding an online Debate on the role and place of the arts in contemporary society. This has included a significant focus on the arts and health agenda. Click here to see comments on the Arts Council England website. April 07 saw the publication and launch of significant Arts Council England (ACE) and Department of Health (DoH) joint strategic arts and health documents. Manchester Metropolitan University has featured significantly in these publications and is currently developing its strategic relationship with both the DoH and ACE. You can either download a document from us by clicking on the title, or follow the links to the relevant websites:

Report of the Review of Arts and Health Working Group

The report sets out the findings and recommendations of the Review of Arts and Health Working Group, which was set up by Harry Cayton, the National Director for Patient and the Public, to support him in advising the Department of Health on its role in relation to arts and health. Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_073590

A Prospectus for Arts and Health

This prospectus produced jointly by the Department of Health and Arts Council England celebrates and promotes the benefits of the arts in improving everyone's wellbeing, health and healthcare, and its role in supporting those who work in and with the National Health Service. The prospectus shows that the arts can, and do, make a major contribution to key health and wider community issues.

This publication stems from the recommendations of the Review of Arts and Health Working Group, commissioned by the Department of Health.

The Arts, Health and Well-being

This is Arts Council England's first national strategy for the arts, health and wellbeing.

Much of the Invest to Save project has focused on enabling and supporting the sub-regional networks and delivers of creative, culture and artistic activity that impacts on well-being and one of the most significant partnerships to have been developed has been with the Greater Manchester Arts and Health Network. On March 21st Clive Parkinson chaired the networks first conference, arteries at the Lowry. A full report of the conference is being published for dissemination in June 07, but for a taste of the event, the Invest to Save: Arts in Health project commissioned film maker, Hafsah Naib to capture elements of the day.

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Additionally the Invest to Save project is supporting the development of a Manchester Culture and Health Strategy in partnership with LIME and the Joint Health Unit and is working with the designer Wayne Hemingway on the delivery of a Strategic Culture and Health Forum to explore opportunities across Greater Manchester with health partners.

As part of our on-going developmental work, we'd really like to know what your training needs are and would ask you to get in touch highlighting areas that the university maybe able to help. The team continue to work closely with, amongst others, the Health Trainer Programme, Public Health Networks, Merseycare, START in Salford, LIME, Pendle Leisure Services, BluSCI, Alder Hey, EUCLID, the North West Public Health Observatory, Department of Health Public Health Team, The Care Services Improvement Partnership, Arts Council England, North West, Wear Purple, St Martins College, Cumbria Institute of the Arts, St Helens Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, North Lancashire PCT and Cumbria PCT.

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