About the Arts Programme at NUH
Led by our specialist Arts Co-ordinator Megan Dawes, the programme’s remit is to support the wellbeing and mental health of patients, staff and visitors across all hospital sites. Whether that’s through creating new corridor galleries of art to enjoy, or hosting interactive workshops for people to get involved with – the programme is a huge success and a firm favourite with patients and staff alike.
The Arts Programme involves organising a range of creative sessions from music to poetry for patients and staff across the Trust, as well as supporting areas with visual arts enhancements.
This also means working closely with the Staff Wellbeing team, to add arts forms to their already brilliantly varied programme for all NUH staff.
Arts at NUH has also been shortlisted for a Patient Experience National Network Award (PENNA) and went on to win the Environment of Care category. You can read more about the submission on the NUH website.
Some of the recent activities delivered in the Arts Programme include...
Paintings in hospitalsA new project to brighten up corridors throughout the hospitals, with artwork chosen by patients and staff themselves.
One focus for the Arts Programme is how creativity can support patients with Dementia. This included a visit from Vicky McClure’s Dementia Choir.
Kindness Haikus for staff
As part of Random Acts of Kindness Week, a poet and illustrator was invited onto campus to spread a little joy among NUH staff.
Looking aheadThere are a number of exciting projects in the pipeline for the Arts Programme, to further support patient, visitor and staff experience. This includes:
- NUH Arts Trails project in partnership with Active Hospitals and kindly funded by Arts Council England and Nottingham Hospitals Charity.
- Visual arts project in Stroke rehabilitation areas in partnership with Nottingham Trent University.
- Increased opportunities for both staff and patients to experience music and participatory arts, including a regular music programme in restaurants and corridors and a comedic poetry project for older person and stroke wards.