Withymoor: A Health Hive. A Review of Creative Arts in Primary Health Care

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Green J, Tones K

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A case study review of a pioneering Creative Arts in a Primary Health Care setting started in 1998. The Surgery used creative arts to facilitate communication between doctors, patients, staff and the community and promote health and wellbeing.

The aim of the research was, through providing a case study of primary care in Withymoor Village Surgery (WVS), to produce a report which was of relevance to those commissioning services, the providers of primary care services and those agencies with whom they currently collaborate or would wish to collaborate. Its purpose was primarily to support the move towards a public health orientation in primary care. The ‘Health Hive’ approach applied tO this GP surgery setting involved:
the use of creative arts
inter-sectoral working
an educational focus
eagerness to harness new techniques and technologies.

In addition to reviewing activities past and present, the report provides a critical assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of WVS – and draws a number of lessons for other practitioners seeking to emulate its philosophy.

Evidence Type: Case Study

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Outcome Evaluation

Context: Primary Care

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Tones,K., Green, J. (2003). Withymoor: A Health Hive. A Review of Creative Arts in Primary Health Care.