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2D National Policy in Arts, Health and Wellbeing

Professor Norma Daykin

What Works Centre for Wellbeing

There is a growing desire at the level of national policy to understand what governments, as well as voluntary and business partners, can do to increase wellbeing. The What Works Centre was established by HM Government in partnership with Public Health England with funding from UK research councils and the Big Lottery Fund ( As part of the programme, The Economic and Social Research Council has commissioned a three year evidence review to examine what works for wellbeing: in work and adult learning, in community wellbeing, and in culture and sport. The Culture and Sport Evidence Review programme is being delivered by four academic organisations working with a wide range of partners, including representatives from the arts and cultural sector. The programme seeks to identify what works for wellbeing in culture and sport as well as understand the processes by which wellbeing outcomes are achieved. Review topics to date include music and singing, visual arts and mental health, sport and dance for young people. This presentation provides a brief overview of the review process and findings, and discusses the role of evidence based policy in culture, health and wellbeing.                        

Ellen Rule

Cultural Commissioning in Gloucestershire – the NHS Perspective

As a pilot of the Arts Council England Cultural Commissioning Programme 2014 – 2016, NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) formed a strategic partnership with Create Gloucestershire and other key statutory, VCSE and academic partners, in order to explore how arts and health may help deliver health and wellbeing outcomes. Aligned to the Sustainability & Transformation Plan (STP) and building on the long history of arts on prescription practice in the country, the CCG has recently mainstreamed its cultural commissioning by encompassing it within its countywide social prescribing programme. Co-production with patients, cultural practitioners, clinicians and commissioners is a key element of the CGG’s approach to embedding new arts and heath based practice into new models of care.

Clive Parkinson

DevoManc, the Northern Powerhouse - Fact and Fiction

Manchester is widely seen as the international birthplace of arts and health and a crucible of radical thinking and social change. In 2017 Greater Manchester had certain powers and responsibilities transferred from national government to the combined authority, the principle being that decisions made locally, can better meet the needs and aspirations of the people who live and work in the area. In terms of health and social care, this means Greater Manchester now controls a budget of around £6 billion (2016/17). So - Arts and Health - a conversation around the Devolution agenda.