Hera Evaluation: Mid-Project Report

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Brighton Health and Wellbeing Centre

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The Hera arts project, run by Brighton Health & Wellbeing Centre with some funding support from Arts Council England, is a network of programmes using the arts and creative therapies to enhance quality of life, health and wellbeing of patients, staff and community, and to provide access to high-quality arts activity from a GP/primary care setting, to people who would otherwise be unable to access them due to health conditions.

This mid-project report reviewed progress from November 2015 to August 2016 on the Hera programme, which was planned to run until Spring 2017. The evaluation encompassed clinicians, participants, partners and the independent advisory panel and covered both artistic and social outcomes as well as organisational capacity and capability.

Clinical Outcomes:
Around a 20% reduction in per-person demand on GP time for participants was reported by BHWC data, and interviews report a range of benefits including reduction in use of pain medication and being successfully discharged from secondary services such as speech therapy. Improvements in confidence, the ability to express oneself and self-reported wellbeing were recorded across the programme, including by parents of young people on the art therapy segment, people in recovery from substance misuse, and singing, where speech and breathing improvements are widely evidenced.


Evidence Type: Qualitative Research

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Process Evaluation

Context: Community

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Brighton Health and Wellbeing Centre (2016). Hera Evaluation: Mid-Project Report. UK: Brighton Health and Wellbeing Centre.