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The National Centre for Creative Health Launches
The National Centre for Creative Health (NCCH), the new national centre for creativity and wellbeing launches on 9th March 2021. The National Centre for Creative Health aims to make creativity integral to health and social care systems.
At the online launch of the National Centre for Creative Health, Chair of Trustees, Lord Howarth of Newport, and guest speaker, Lord Victor Adebowale, Chair of the NHS Confederation, will reflect on how the arts, culture and creativity can support people and organisations in the context of the pandemic and increasing health inequalities.
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.
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.
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