By the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Arts, Health and Wellbeing Inquiry Report, published in 2017.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPGAHW) was formed in 2014. Our aim is to improve awareness of the benefits that the arts can bring to health and wellbeing, and to stimulate progress towards making these benefits a reality all across the country.
We decided to carry out an Inquiry into existing engagement of the arts in health and social care, with a view to making recommendations to improve policy and practice. We have held a series of 16 round table discussions at which some 300 people – serviceusers, people working in the arts, health and social care, including the prison service and end-of-life care, commissioners, funders and academics – have come together to share their thoughts on challenges they face, tell us what they are already doing and what they aspire to do and debate how progress may best be achieved. We have been struck by the passion and eloquence of our witnesses, both providers and beneficiaries of the arts in health and social care (some of what they told us can be read and heard on our website: www.artshealthandwellbeing.org.uk)
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