I’m pleased to announce that we are relaunching the Healing Arts Programme here at Ashford and St Peter’s. To announce the launch of the programme, we have a created a short introductory video featuring Marcine Waterman, non-executive lead for the Healing Arts Programme and Deputy Chair at the Trust. You can also read a leaflet about the programme.
We initially launched the programme at ASPH in 2019, and since its launch two years ago, we’ve had musicians play on the wards, artwork displayed across the Trust and outdoor areas transformed for patients and staff, but during the COVID pandemic this work had to be paused.
The need for a Healing Arts Programme comes from a report published in 2017, by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing titled, Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing.
The report gave evidence of the positive impact creative and cultural activities can have on health and wellbeing, and recommended the need for NHS Trusts to pursue a policy for arts, health and wellbeing.
Artwork at the Hospital
The Healing Arts Programme is a national initiative that is part funded by the Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals Charity to provide different forms of art that improve both staff and patient environments, leading to a positive experience for those being cared for or working in those areas.
Donation Tree at the St Peter's Hospital