The National Centre for Creative Health has been formed in response to Recommendation 1 in the Creative Health report, the result of a two-year inquiry led by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing.
The National Centre for Creative Health will play a pivotal role in enabling creative health approaches to become integral to health and social care and wider systems. NCCH priorities are: health inequalities; advancing good practice and research; informing policy; and promoting collaboration.
The Centre will be working in partnership with the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance and LENs.
The National Centre for Creative Health will launch with an online event on March 9th 2021. Guest speakers and NCCH trustees will discuss how the arts, culture and creativity can support people and organisations in the context of the pandemic and increasing health inequalities. NCCH will consider the future role of the National Centre for Creative Health and there will be an opportunity to ask questions.
Also, NCCH is currently seeking new Trustees to support the development of NCCH as it becomes established. Being a Trustee of the NCCH will be an opportunity to help shape the future of Creative Health in the UK. Deadline for the current round of Trustee applications is 21 February 2021. Find out more and download a Trustee Recruitment pack here.
More info: Research shows that active engagement with the arts and culture is beneficial for the health and wellbeing of us all. The Creative Health report documents over 1000 published studies outlining the role of arts and creativity in supporting health across the life course. More recently, the World Health Organisation scoping review: What is the evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and wellbeing? considers the evidence for policy change at a European level.
The National Centre for Creative Health will play a pivotal role in enabling creative health approaches to become integral to health and social care and wider systems. Our priorities are: health inequalities; advancing good practice and research; informing policy; and promoting collaboration. We are working with Integrated Care Systems in Gloucestershire; West Yorkshire & Harrogate; Shropshire, Wrekin and Telford; and Suffolk and North East Essex, to explore models for integrating creative health at a systems level. Across the UK we are developing partnership 'Hives', to explore new ways of working in collaboration.
The National Centre for Creative Health is a registered Charity with a board of trustees. The Chair is Lord Howarth of Newport. We are supported by an Advisory Group and work with a wide range of partners and stakeholders.