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Aesop announces Arts in Health programmes presenting at its second Arts in Health Conference & Showcase this April

Aesop’s second national Arts in Health Conference & Showcase takes place from 9.45am – 6pm on Thursday 19 April 2018 at Milton Court, in partnership with the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the College of Medicine.

For the second Conference & Showcase, the focus is on how the arts are contributing to current health priorities by reducing demands on the health system, addressing the neglect of mental health, supporting an ageing population and tackling health inequalities.

The event will showcase 24 arts programmes already helping deliver current health priorities. Each will feature a presentation of the programme, testament from beneficiaries and health and cost-effectiveness perspectives.

Patsy Rodenburg OBE is an international expert on teaching voice and speech. She has worked with Dame Judi Dench, Franco Zeffirelli, Tim Burton, Harold Pinter and high-profile politicians. She will explore ‘Presence’ – the quality of self-assurance and effectiveness that enables great performers to perform, great teachers to teach and all healers to heal.

Dame Darcey Bussell DBE will present her new venture Diverse Dance Mix.

Tim Joss, Aesop Chief Executive and Founder has programmed the Conference alongside Dr Michael Dixon, Chair of Council, College of Medicine and National Clinical Champion for Social Prescribing and Professor Helena Gaunt, Vice Principal and Director of Guildhall Innovation at Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Of the programme he says –

‘The showcase opens a window on programmes which are both strong artistically and powerful contributors to health improvement. They demonstrate how arts and culture are part of the solution to today’s health challenges’.  

The 24 Arts in Health programmes that will be showcased at the Conference are as follows –

  1. AesopDance to Health: a falls prevention dance programme for older people
  2. Akademi Dance Well: South Asian dance with cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation outpatients.
  3. Breathe Arts Health ResearchMelodies for Mums
  4. British Lung FoundationSinging for lung health
  5. Clod EnsemblePerforming Medicine
  6. English National BalletDance for Parkinson’s: A person-centred approach
  7. Equal ArtsCreative Age Challenge
  8. Guildhall School of Music & DramaCareful: Supporting nurses’ physical and emotional well-being through theatre and dance performance
  9. Guildhall School of Music & DramaMusic, Memory and Me: celebrating the person within the patient
  10. Guildhall School of Music & Drama – Music therapy for older people
  11. Healing Arts Cumberland InfirmaryAbout Being: A dance from hospital to home
  12. Historic Royal PalacesSensory Palaces for people with dementia and their carers
  13. Jack Drum ArtsPerforming Arts for Positive Mental Health
  14. Lime Music for HealthMedical Notes: Music at the Heart of Life
  15. Live Music NowDeveloping sustainable live music as part of care ‘toolkits’ in residential care for older people
  16. Liverpool PhilharmonicPartnerships for Recovery musician in residence
  17. Manchester CamerataMusic in Mind: the co-delivery of music-making sessions by musicians and care staff for people living with dementia   
  18. Mental Fight ClubFounded, led and delivered by People with Mental Health Experience
  19. National Museums Liverpool House of Memories: The impacts of museum-led dementia awareness programme
  20. Outside Edge Theatre CompanyUnfinished Business: theatre performance on rehab / addiction
  21. Pavilion Dance (South West) – ‘Mind the gap’: the bridge between therapeutic health provision and independent self-management for People with Parkinson’s
  22. SomewhereSee beyond Stroke
  23. South Staffs & Shropshire healthcare NHS FT UP Tempo: music for health
  24. The ReaderBuilding community and personal resilience through weekly shared reading

The Conference will be facilitated by Vivienne Parry OBE, science writer and broadcaster with the following speakers: Dame Darcey Bussell DBE President of the Royal Academy of Dance & Founder of Diverse Dance Mix, Professor Gillian Leng CBE NICE Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Health & Social Care, Professor Tim Kendall NHS England National Clinical Director for Mental Health, Professor Martin Vernon NHS England National Clinical Director for Older People and Noel Gordon, Chair at NHS Digital, NHS England Non-Executive Director & Board member.

Tickets for the Conference are £95 (plus booking fee) and include the day’s events, lunch and refreshments.

The Conference and Showcase will take place from 9.45am – 6pm on Thursday 19th April 2018 at Guildhall School of Music & Drama Milton Court, 1 Milton Street, London EC2Y 9BH.

Tickets available to buy online now from –

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/national-arts-in-health-conference-and-showcase-tickets-41005492532

For more information email info@ae-sop.org, call 01993 870 161.

Aesop presents its second Arts in Health Conference & Showcase for Health decision makers in April, with special guest speaker Dame Darcey Bussell DBE.

PRESS RELEASE – Thursday 1st February 2018

Building on the success of Aesop’s first national Arts in Health Conference & Showcase in 2016 at the Southbank Centre, the event is back from 9.45am – 6pm on Thursday 19 April 2018 at Milton Court, in partnership with the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the College of Medicine.

For the second Conference & Showcase, the focus is on how the arts are contributing to current health priorities: reducing demands on the health system, addressing the neglect of mental health, supporting an ageing population and tackling health inequalities.

Tim Joss, Aesop Chief Executive and Founder says –

We created the Conference & Showcase to help the health sector draw on the fantastic resources of the UK’s world-leading arts sector. The first edition in 2016 was a big success. As NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Innovation tweeted, ‘Awesome, Inspiring, Brilliant, Game Changing – we need more of this!’ There’s still lots to do. A 2017 All Party Parliamentary Group report found ‘the UK is still very far from realising more than a small modicum of the potential contribution of the arts to health and wellbeing’. The Conference & Showcase returns at a time when the health system faces even greater challenges and, encouragingly, the arts sector’s interest in helping improve the national’s health is growing.
Our contributors, partners and funders are essential for mounting this event. We are immensely grateful to all of them’.

Confirmed speakers include: Dame Darcey Bussell DBE President of the Royal Academy of Dance & Founder of Diverse Dance Mix, Professor Gillian Leng CBE NICE Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Health & Social Care, Professor Tim Kendall NHS England National Clinical Director for Mental Health, Dr Martin Vernon NHS England National Clinical Director for Older People and Noel Gordon, Chair at NHS Digital, NHS England Non-Executive Director & Board member.

Dame Darcey Bussell DBE, President of the Royal Academy of Dance & Founder of Diverse Dance Mix says –

‘We know we have a crisis in health in the UK. This is unacceptable and must be successfully overcome. From my experience I am convinced that dance and dance fitness can make a meaningful, impactful and cost effective contribution and I will do everything I can to champion it’.

The event will showcase 24 arts programmes already helping deliver current health priorities. Each will feature a presentation of the programme, testament from beneficiaries and health and cost-effectiveness perspectives.

Dr Michael Dixon, Chair of Council, College of Medicine and National Clinical Champion for Social Prescribing (NHS England) says –

‘The arts have a huge role to play in health and healing. Research is beginning to show how cost-effective they can be in recovery and improving mental and physical resilience and  thus reducing calls on our conventional health service.  Indeed the NHS is not sustainable unless we begin to make much better use of the arts and other non-biomedical community resources as increasing demands will always outstrip available money and clinicians’.

As well as the showcase, the day will include strategy inspiration from health and arts leaders and the announcement of Aesop initiatives to help bring the arts into the health mainstream.

Professor Helena Gaunt, Vice Principal and Director of Guildhall Innovation at Guildhall School of Music & Drama says –

‘The Guildhall School is delighted to be hosting this year’s conference and showcase in Milton Court. It is essential that we work together across sectors to realise the game changing potential of the arts in contributing to health and well-being. Current momentum, in spite of the many challenges, is beginning to indicate what may be achieved. As well as making arts and health a priority research area at the Guildhall School, we are now extending our engagement in continuing professional development and professional training for arts practitioners, to enable them to build relevant specialist skills’.

The day will be facilitated by Vivienne Parry OBE, science writer and broadcaster.

The full line-up of arts in health programmes presenting at the Conference & Showcase will be announced later this month.

Tickets are £95 (plus booking fee) and include the day’s events, lunch and refreshments.

The Conference and Showcase will take place from 9.45am – 6pm on Thursday 19th April 2018 at Guildhall School of Music & Drama Milton Court, 1 Milton Street, London EC2Y 9BH.

Tickets available to buy online now from –

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/national-arts-in-health-conference-and-showcase-tickets-41005492532

For more information email info@ae-sop.org or call 01993 870 161.

Arts in Health Conference & Showcase, April 2018 – tickets are now on sale

We are delighted to announce that tickets for our Arts in Health Conference & Showcase on the 19th April 2018 are now on sale.

Book now at

www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/national-arts-in-health-conference-and-showcase-tickets-41005492532

Building on the success of Aesop’s first national Arts in Health Conference & Showcase in 2016, the event is back in 2018 in partnership with the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the College of Medicine.

The event will take place from 10am – 6pm on Thursday 19th April 2018 at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Milton Court in London.

An event for health decision makers; the focus of the Conference is on how the arts can contribute to current health priorities.

Confirmed speakers include: Darcey Bussell CBE, Professor Gillian Leng NICE Deputy Chief Executive & Director of Health and Social Care, Professor Tim Kendall NHS England National Clinical Director for Mental Health, Dr Martin Vernon NHS England National Clinical Director for Older People and Noel Gordon, Chair at NHS Digital, NHS England Non-Executive Director & Board member.

The event will be facilitated by  Vivienne Parry OBE, writer, broadcaster, facilitator and board member of UK Research & Innovation (UKRI).

As well as the showcase, the day will include the world première of music involving care home residents and staff, strategy inspiration from health and arts leaders and the announcement of Aesop initiatives to help bring the arts into the health mainstream.

All tickets include the day’s events, lunch and refreshments.

Dancing at Dance to Health Launch Event

Aesop launches the roll-out of Dance to Health at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London

The £2.3 million expansion of Dance to Health was officially launched on Thursday 5th October 2017 at the Great Hall, St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London. Guest speakers at the launch included Arts Council England Area Director, South East Hedley Swain, Royal Society for Public Health Chief Executive Shirley Cramer CBE, and Sir Stephen ‘O Brien, Trustee of Bart’s Charity.

Dance to Health is an older people’s falls prevention dance programme, combining evidence based physiotherapy with the creativity and energy of dance. The expanded programme will run for two years from October 2017 involving over 800 older people and 800 volunteers. 63 programmes will be delivered across England and Wales in collaboration with regional Health and Dance Partners.

Hedley Swain spoke at the launch event on behalf of Darren Henley OBE Chief Executive, Arts Council England saying –

Society is facing many challenges around our physical and mental health and wellbeing. The arts can help in so many ways; Dance to Health is great example of bold thinking and imaginative partnerships that use arts and culture to bring about change for the better. The arts and wellbeing agenda is hugely important to the Arts Council and we hope that initiatives like Dance to Health will continue to make a tangible difference to participants’ lives across the country.”

Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive of the Royal Society for Public Health also spoke at the event saying –

“Dance for Health is not only cost effective compared to other interventions for falls prevention in older people but it also plays into other vital health agendas including reducing social isolation, improving mental health and showing that exercise can be fun and enriching”.

Tim Joss, Aesop Chief Executive and Founder says –

“Aesop is thrilled to launch this £2.3 million expansion of Dance to Health in six regions in England and Wales – Birmingham, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Norfolk, Oxfordshire and South Wales. Our vision is for older people everywhere to have easy access to Dance to Health. With the wonderful Dance Partners and Health Partners on board for this phase, we are taking a major step towards realising that vision”.

The expansion programme is being delivered thanks to generous support from the Big Lottery Fund, Nesta and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Peter Sowerby Foundation, Rank Foundation, and the Aged Veterans Fund funded by HM Treasury.

Regional Health and Social Care Partners have also financially supported the roll out of the programme including Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, Cheshire East Council, Connected Care Partnership (NHS Vanguard in Sandwell and West Birmingham), NHS Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group, Royal British Legion care homes and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.

Dance to Health has been awarded £950,000 of National Lottery funding. Commenting on the investment, Joe Ferns, UK Knowledge and Portfolio Director, at the Big Lottery Fund, said:

“Throughout October we are celebrating how National Lottery funding is playing a significant part in tackling isolation and loneliness across the UK. Dance to Health is an inspiring project that offers fun and sociable group activity, helping older people to lead happier and healthier lives. We are delighted to be funding such as amazing initiative, all thanks to National Lottery players.”

Nesta in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport awarded the project £246,919 from the Second Half Fund. Carrie Deacon, Head of Social Action Innovation Nesta says –

‘’We are excited to help grow Aesop’s Dance to Health initiative, combining the creativity of dance practice with well evidenced based falls prevention models.  We think this has great potential to support many more people avoid falls, and are particularly excited to support the model to draw upon the talents of older people to share their knowledge and skills through volunteering to help enable it to grow sustainable”.

Dance to Health is delivered in partnership with regional Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations; Birmingham Royal Ballet, Cheshire Dance, Dance East, South East Dance and Yorkshire Dance. In Wales, the programme is delivered in partnership with National Dance Company Wales.

To find out more about the programme and how to get involved visit www.dancetohealth.org and follow #DancetoHealth

 

Aesop announces a £2.3 million expansion of Dance to Health

Dance to Health is an older people’s falls prevention dance programme developed by Aesop.

A £2.3 million expansion programme will now build on a successful pilot in 2016 and an evaluation report published in February 2017.

The expanded programme will run for two years from October 2017 through to 2019 involving over 800 older people and 800 volunteers. 63 programmes will be delivered across England and Wales in collaboration with regional health, social care and dance partners.

Dance to Health responds to the issue of older people’s falls. Falls are traumatic for older people and cost the NHS £2.3 billion per year. Dance to Health aims to be an effective and cost-effective falls prevention programme, offering older people the choice of a dance-based alternative to existing evidence-based exercise programmes which are called FaME and Otago. All Dance to Health ‘Dance Artists’ (the programme session leaders) are trained in  Otago and FaME.

Announcing the expansion, Tim Joss, Founder and Chief Executive of Aesop, said:

“If an arts programme is evidence-based, can benefit patients and save the NHS money, then it deserves to be available to all patients who could benefit, anywhere in the country. Our goal is for Dance to Health to be the first such programme.”

The Health / Social Care Partners for Dance to Health phase 1 roll out are   –

  • Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board
  • Cheshire East Council
  • Connected Care Partnership (NHS Vanguard in Sandwell and West Birmingham)
  • NHS Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group
  • NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Royal British Legion care homes
  • Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

The Dance Partners are all Arts Council-funded national portfolio organisations expert in working with older people:

  • Birmingham Royal Ballet
  • Cheshire Dance
  • DanceEast
  • National Dance Company Wales
  • South East Dance
  • Yorkshire Dance

Aesop has benefited from and will continue to receive advice and support from experts in ‘Dialogue Partner’ organisations:

  • Age UK
  • Arts Council England
  • Centre for Ageing Better
  • NHS England
  • NHS Horizons
  • One Dance UK
  • People Dancing (Foundation for Community Dance)
  • Public Health England
  • Social Prescribing Network
  • Sydney Medical School
  • University of Oxford Institute of Musculoskeletal Sciences

Dance to Health Phase 1 Roll-out is generously supported by the Big Lottery Fund using National Lottery funding, Nesta and Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, Ministry of Defence Aged Veterans Fund and foundations (Esmée Fairbairn, Rank, and Peter Sowerby).

For the latest news follow #DancetoHeath or visit www.dancetohealth.org

 

Building the bridge between health and the arts: THE IMPORTANCE OF TRAINING – 28 October 2016

The UK is a world leader in health and the arts. Interest in involving the arts in health improvement is growing rapidly.


Aesop and the Canterbury Christ Church University’s Faculty of Health and Wellbeing have identified continuing professional development as a key factor in the future of arts in health. They are working together to create the ‘Aesop Institute’ training initiative.

Initial market research has revealed that many see the Institute as important and timely. Potential benefits include: B

  • greater appreciation of the roles the arts can play in health and wellbeing
  • clearer understanding of the difference between artistic and health roles
  • more trusting and effective partnerships between the health and arts sectors
  • opportunities to deliver health improvements and savings
  • giving arts organisations the chance to reach new audiences and develop new earned income streams.

This free event was an opportunity to contribute ideas on how training can help grow and enrich arts in health practice, research and policy.

Aesop’s Annual Review 2015/16

The success of Aesop’s first full year, 2015-16, encouraged us to produce an annual review. Inside you will find not only the story of Aesop’s year and future plans but also a section, ‘What we now know’, with current thinking which we consider sufficiently advanced to be worth sharing.

The review can be downloaded as a pdf here.

First National Arts in Health Conference & Showcase

Aesop, the NHS Alliance and College of Medicine presented the first national Arts in health Conference & Showcase for health decision-makers at the Royal Festival Hall in London on Friday 5 February 2016. The conference and showcase was a sell-out and was trending on Twitter for seven hours.  Listen to a 4 minute Radio 4 PM programme item by BBC Health Correspondent, Adam Brimelow .

You can explore the day here:

      • Aesop founder and CEO, Tim Joss’s keynote speech – text.
      • Souvenir programme – text.
      • Aesop Marketplace, the ‘dating site’ for health decision-makers and arts in health programmes – www.aesopmarketplace.org.
      • The Aesop PHE evaluation framework – text.
      • View photos from the day here.

Watch videos from the opening and closing plenaries below, or visit our YouTube page.
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