Healthcare professionals to receive arts-based training as pioneering research partnership is launched.

Three year collaboration between Clod Ensemble’s Performing Medicine and the SaIL Centre funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.

September saw the launch of a three year research and development partnership to create a unique arts-based training programme for healthcare professionals at King’s Health Partners in London.

Supported by a £580,000 grant from the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, which supports innovation in healthcare, the partnership between SaIL and Performing Medicine will create ten bespoke courses across a range of clinical practices and settings including emergency medicine and mental health, drawing on research to deliver training appropriate to each sector.

Performing Medicine is a programme of courses and workshops for medical students and healthcare professionals based on twelve years of research and delivery by Dr Suzy Willson, Co Artistic Director of award winning theatre company Clod Ensemble. Performing Medicine was awarded The Times Higher Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts, 2007. Both SaIL and Performing Medicine have a proven track record in delivering innovative training initiatives that enhance clinical skills through practical exercises.

Techniques found in the training will include movement and dance, which can be used to teach awareness of how body language impacts on patients and colleagues, and improvisation techniques, which can help trainees learn to respond quickly to difficult situations.


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