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NCCH Officially Launches

NCCH Officially Launches

The National Centre for Creative Health (NCCH) was officially launched on 9th March 2021.

With 500 people attending our live online launch, it was a fantastic event. It celebrated the power of creativity to transform our health and wellbeing and marks a significant milestone in realising the recommendations in the Creative Health Report.

You can watch a recording of our launch via our YouTube Channel - WATCH HERE

This is what our some of our attendees tweeted;

“A monumental explosion of the arts and creativity at The NCCH launch” - Lorna Collins

“Brilliant launch, inspirational speakers - collaboration across culture, health and wellbeing offers sustainable direction for happier healthier 21st century” - Veronica Franklin Gould

“Congratulations to all on the launch of the new National Centre for Creative Health, it is a huge achievement and the result of years and years of work from some very committed people... We look forward to the change it brings” - Deborah Munt

“Amazing moment in time - the pandemic has created unique opportunities for us to galvanise arts and health and community practice and create online platforms to build inclusive online communities. Thanks NCCH” - Lucinda Jarrett

"Without hope you can't recover... how can this be imbued? Through community, but also through the connection and 'blank page' the arts bring' Great note to finish an excellent NCCH launch panel....Amazing work by Lord Howarth, and others to get it to this point; 4 years of dedication and vision, following the publication of the 2017 APPG report” - John McMahon, ACE

The Launch Agenda

During the launch, we heard from Chair of Trustees, Lord Howarth of Newport, and guest speaker, Lord Victor Adebowale, Chair of the NHS Confederation, as they reflected on how the arts, culture and creativity can support people and organisations in the context of the pandemic and increasing health inequalities.

Also, we heard from:

Rachel Clarke, palliative care doctor and author of the recently published ‘Breathtaking: Inside the NHS in a Time of Pandemic’ about how the experience of healthcare staff during the pandemic has led to growing concern for their own health and mental wellbeing as we emerge from the crisis.

Lucinda Jarrett, Director of Rosetta Life and participant, Pauline Boye, talked about the Opera “I Look For the Think” made in lockdown with 60 Stroke ‘Ambassadors’ and the Garsington Opera Adult Community Company, and showcased a fantastic film.

Dr Jane Povey, Clinical Lead for Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Sustainability and Transformation Partnership reflected on how creative approaches to health and wellbeing are integral to health and care provision.

Christopher Bailey, Arts and Health Lead at the World Health Organisation, spoke about the wider global context for arts and creativity in the time of the pandemic, and his own personal moving story.

After a short break, there was a lively discussion with panellists:

  • Bill Boa, Trustee of the National Centre for Creative Health
  • Rowena Burns, Chair of Health Innovation Manchester
  • Professor Helen Chatterjee, Trustee of the National Centre for Creative Health
  • Nikki Crane and Tony Woods, SHAPER Programme Managers
  • Louise Hardwick, Head of Partnerships and Alliance Delivery, NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Clive Parkinson, Convenor of the Manchester Institute for Arts, Health & Social Change
  • Mah Rana, London Champion for the LENs (Lived Experience Network)
  • Ellen Rule, Director of Transformation and Service Redesign, Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group & Programme Director, Gloucestershire Integrated Care System
  • James Sanderson, Director of Personalised Care, NHS England and NHS Improvement
  • Esmé Ward, Chair of the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance
  • Rob Webster, Chief Executive of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Lead Chief Executive West Yorkshire and Harrogate Integrated Care System

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