This section profiles some of the key networks that develop, support and promote the work of the organisations and individuals involved in Arts and Health practice and research.
The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has made important contributions over a number of years in supporting the development of the arts and health field in the UK.
This group will help to further establish RSPH's role of in helping to support research, evidence-based practice and policy development in this vibrant field, and is supported by a Steering Group.
The National Alliance for Arts, Health & Wellbeing was launched in 2012 and aims to provide a clear, focused voice to articulate the role creativity can play in health and wellbeing.
It seeks to act as a hub for information and research on arts and health work in England and further afield; advocate on behalf of this work;
encourage the use of the arts by health and social care providers; and to raise standards in this sector.
The site has direct links to the nine regional arts and health organisation's websites.
The Arts Health Early Career Research Network brings together early career researchers working on projects that lie at the intersection of the arts, humanities, health and medicine.
Its 3 aims are:
1. To link together early career researchers through social events, networking opportunities and workshops
2. To provide podcasts and newsletters to help early career researchers
3. To run training events and promote jobs to enable early career researchers to lead their own research projects.
Aesop Marketplace is like an online dating site. It matches health decision-makers with relevant arts in health programmes in an attractive and time-efficient way. The 24 programmes here can be filtered by NHS region and four health topics.
Aesop - Arts Enterprise with a Social Purpose - takes society’s needs and problems as the starting point, and incubates evidence-based, cost-effective, sustainable solutions which use high quality arts.
This is an action learning set for arts organisations which have already been commissioned by health or social care.
The 20 members range from specialist arts in health organisations to English National Ballet and National Museums Liverpool. Previous speakers include Dr Michael Dixon (NHS England Clinical Champion for Social Prescribing) and Lord Filkin (Chair of the Centre for Ageing Better). At the end of one meeting, the group decides what it would like to learn about at the next. Any arts organisation which has already been commissioned can join.