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.

Projects

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.

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