At Mid Cheshire Hospitals
NHS Foundation Trust
MCHFT arts programme supports the wellbeing of our staff, patients and visitors through creative environments and activities. Our brand new programme, co-designed with staff and patients, offers creative writing, visual arts, dance and music resources, performances and activities that provide engaging and welcoming spaces and experiences for all.
About the programme
There is much evidence to demonstrate the powerful and significant impact that the arts can have on our mental and physical health and wellbeing. Our arts programme is informed by this evidence, providing creative and accessible opportunities for staff and patients to engage with a variety of artforms.
The programme has three main aims which are to:
- improve our hospital environments by making them warm, welcoming and engaging spaces
- support patient recovery through a variety of projects, live programme and creative resources
- support staff wellbeing by providing creative activities for them to engage with at times and places that suit them
The arts programme is initially being funded by MCH Charity. The programme will help to deliver the charity's objectives which are to improve and enhance patient care and experience and to support staff wellbeing.
As the programme continues a fundraising strategy will be developed which will include partnerships and applications to major funding bodies and trusts and foundations.
Children’s Emergency Department
Artist Dan Savage worked with staff in Leighton Hospitals Paediatric Emergency Department to co-create illustrations for bespoke artwork for the new unit explaining to children and their families the roles associated with different uniforms. A wildlife theme was chosen to reflect the rural surroundings of Leighton Hospital.
Moments of Serenity
During recent times we have all longed to escape to a place of serenity, to re-charge our batteries and enjoy the special places in our lives. During 2021, Mid Cheshire Hospital Trust staff took part in a creative project with photographer Andrew Billington, to capture the places and scenes in their lives that helped them to find a moment of serenity. You will see a selection of these photographs around the ground floor corridors of Leighton Hospital. We have created a series of soundscapes to accompany the images and encourage you to download them here and listen whilst you immerse yourself in the scenes in front of you.
Leighton Hospital's new MCH Charity funded facility for families going through the tragedy of baby loss opened in September 2023. As part of its development, artist, Jac Seifert of Orakel Workshop, was commissioned to create artwork for the suite.
Jac worked with local parents with lived experience, responding to their ideas and themes and developing a whole design concept with them for the suite which included bespoke wallpapers, window designs and prints.
One parent said, I have found this process an amazing experience and have loved being part of it." Another said, "I hope it can bring families who will use the suite to feel that they can be at peace too."
Poem for Mid Cheshire Hospitals Trust
As part of the UK wide project Our National Health Stories, staff from Mid Cheshire Hospitals Foundation Trust have been working with poet, Beth Calverley, to co-create a series of poems about their experiences of working in the NHS. Beth has composed a special poem based on her conversations with staff which we are releasing today as part of National Poetry Day. The poem is titled, It's not what people know, you know, it's everything else and can be downloaded below.
These resources are designed to provide some ideas and prompts to bring a few minutes of mindful creativity into your day during a break or to help you unwind after your working day. All of the activities have been designed by professional creative practitioners specialising in creative health and wellbeing.
Take Notice: De-Stress with Art
In partnership with Manchester Art Gallery's Health and Wellbeing programme, we have created a series of short films that encourage you to spend a few minutes with an artwork from the gallery's collection. Subtle animations and audio will guide you, encouraging you to slow down the process of looking and take time to notice. There are suggested drawing activities at the end of each film if you have a little more time.
We have been working with Dr Lizzie Burns and Zulay Sayalero of Origami Pulse. They have delivered online workshops for staff and designed resources for patients.
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