the role of arts in healthcare has interested me since my early years of working in medicine – until relatively recently medicine was regarded as an art as much as a science.
interest in the arts in healthcare agenda has increased steadily over the past decade, with practitioners from performing arts, music, bibliotherapy as well as more traditional visual arts all involved.
arts in healthcare programmes are delivered in hospitals, GP practices, community rehabilitation facilities, centres for those with learning disabilities and mental health problems, and in independent practices.
currently there is no central professional body to oversee training, placement, practice or employment rights for arts practitioners working in the healthcare sector, and funding for practitioners continues to be problematic (and is likely to become more so in the current economic climate).
various parts of the UK have flourishing local arts in healthcare networks; the london group disseminates information about national and international events: