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Making the case

The Creative Health report is the most comprehensive publication to date documenting over 1000 published studies outlining the role of arts and creativity in supporting health across the life course. More recently, the World Health Organisation (WHO) scoping review: What is the evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and wellbeing? is intended to inform policy across the WHO European Region and beyond.

Arts Council England’s 10 Year strategy, Let’s Create, shows a welcome shift in direction towards greater diversity and a more inclusive definition of culture and creativity, with an acknowledgement of the value of creativity and culture for health and wellbeing. The pandemic has raised awareness of the value of creativity in everyday lives and its importance to wellbeing.

The NCCH will play a pivotal role in this next phase in promoting collaboration and co-production, with the ambition that creative health will become integral to health and social care and wider systems.

Research Partnerships

The NCCH is linked to University College London through our trustee, Professor Helen Chatterjee, and will have a working relationship with the staff and students on the forthcoming Creative Health Masters course at UCL.

The Royal Society for Public Health Special Interest Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing was a research partner throughout the Creative Health inquiry and continues to be an important research partner for the NCCH.

The NCCH has research relationships with a range of universities and research centres working in this field including King’s College London, the Centre for Cultural Value at the University of Leeds, and the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health at Canterbury Christ Church University, which hosts the Repository for Arts & Health Resources.

Informing Policy

The NCCH will maintain a close working relationship with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing. This will be the primary route to informing government policy. The APPG’s two year inquiry and the Creative Health report forms the bedrock for the foundation of the NCCH and the relationships we now have. We will continue to advocate for and help to implement the ten recommendations in the report and they will inform our strategic planning and delivery.

The NCCH will produce evidence reviews and policy briefings relevant to a range of policy makers in national and local government, in arms length bodies and in the wider systems.