Our showcase features examples of collaborative initiatives across healthcare and the arts. What are the implications of projects such as these for future practice and policy? We put this question to a panel of experts in healthcare and the cultural sector. Here are their responses. Please feel free to share your own – tweet, drop us a line, make your own video to include here.
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We hope you will be persuaded that arts can support nurses, midwives and others to understand their patients’ experiences of illness; to communicate effectively and sensitively; to enhance trust; and to conduct respectful and dignified physical interactions. Equally, the discussions here suggest that the arts can be protective of our clinicians at a time when the pressures on the National Health Service have sharply escalated. Here, the arts can also be an escape; a catalyst to reflect on and process uncomfortable feelings; a way of strengthening bodies and minds; a place to connect with others; or a platform for critique. If you agree, please register for updates.