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Report of the Review of Arts and Health Working Group

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    4 April 2007
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The report sets out the findings and recommendations of the Review of Arts and Health Working Group, which was set up by Harry Cayton, the National Director for Patient and the Public, to support him in advising the Department of Health on its role in relation to arts and health.

Its key findings are:

  • arts and health are, and should be firmly recognised as being, integral to health, healthcare provision and healthcare environments, including supporting staff
  • arts and health initiatives are delivering real and measurable benefits across a wide range of priority areas for health, and can enable the Department and NHS to contribute to key wider Government initiatives
  • there is a wealth of good practice and a substantial evidence base
  • the Department of Health has an important leadership role to play in creating an environment in which arts and health can prosper by promoting, developing and supporting arts and health
  • the Department should make a clear statement on the value of arts and health, build partnerships and publish a Prospectus for arts in health in collaboration with other key contributors.

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