Patient Participating in a Painting and Drawing activity session.
In July 2011 Arts Council England provided the Trust’s Arts in Health Service with a grant to support the development of one of our on-going arts in health projects, The Patient Well-being and Art Activity Programme. This project involves facilitating art activities for adult patients in hospital ward settings at New Cross Hospital and West Park Rehabilitation Hospital in Wolverhampton.
The focus of this project is to provide art activities to the following adult patient groups; patients who have dementia and complex medical care needs who are admitted to an acute hospital ward, patients rehabilitating from stroke and acquired brain injury and elderly adult patients rehabilitating from a variety of injuries or illnesses.
We are continually working as a multi-disciplinary team to build up a sustainable timetabled programme of art activities sessions which are facilitated by our team of trained art volunteers. This project is currently delivered across five wards which have dayroom spaces. To date over 150 patients have participated in art activity sessions. We are in the process of further developing provision and resources tailored for patients on wards without dayroom spaces at New Cross Hospital. Our Arts in Health Toolkit is available to download on the resources page.
This toolkit shares our good practice from this project and is used during training of our art volunteers.