Pioneering an Arts Based Learning Programme at Guy ’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust 2014-2017. Summary Evaluation report

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Performing Medicine

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“Pioneering an Arts Based Learning Programme project” was a collaboration between Performing Medicine and the Simulation and Interactive Learning Centre (SaIL), at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT). The project was funded by GSTT, who were interested in supporting innovative ways to enhance compassionate healthcare.

Performing Medicine (PM) is performance company Clod Ensemble’s professional development initiative for health professionals and medical students. Sessions are delivered by leading artists who help health professionals to use their bodies and voices for effective communication; to become more aware of their own needs as well as those of the people around them; and to appreciate the stories and experiences of others.

Over three years, the project designed and delivered eight new one or two-day inter-professional training courses for staff at GSTT. In addition, a new framework for compassionate care and patient safety called Circle of Care was designed and used in all training activities. Circle of Care acknowledges that there is a relationship between the wellbeing of staff and of patients, and integrates ideas from the arts and human factors to identify a set of practical skills to help staff to remove the obstacles in the way of caring for patients, colleagues and themselves.

This summary report describes the results of the evaluation of the project over 3 years and uses a mixed-methods approach, combining: ethnographic observation, to enable the evaluation team to understand the nature of the project; review of the literature; pre- and post-course questionnaires; follow up interviews with participants (one to six months after participation in courses); and interviews with the development team.

The majority of participants reported that courses were challenging, relevant and provided significant learning opportunities. As can be expected there were a few participants for whom the content and or style of the programme was not suitable or relevant.

As a result of this project, further funding for a development project Circle of Care – embedding an arts based professional development programme at GSTT was secured for 2017-18. See additional Repository entry:


Evidence Type: Qualitative Research

Main Focus: Community Development

Research Purpose: Outcome Evaluation

Context: Hospital

Participant Group: Adults

Art Forms: Drama

Access Type: Free Download

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Performing Medicine (2018). Pioneering an Arts Based Learning Programme at Guy ’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust 2014-2017. Summary Evaluation report. London: Performing Medicine.