The National Centre for Creative Health (NCCH) – a new organisation – has arisen from a two-year inquiry by the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Arts, Health and Wellbeing. The inquiry led to the publication of the Creative Health report in 2017. Since then, the APPG has been working to support implementation of the ten recommendations in Creative Health. Recommendation 1 was for a national strategic centre to advance good practice, promote collaboration, coordinate and disseminate research and inform policy and delivery.
The NCCH say: “Research shows that active engagement with the arts and culture is beneficial for the health and wellbeing of us all. The National Centre for Creative Health will play a pivotal role in promoting collaboration to enable creative health to become integral to health and social care and wider systems.
Our priorities are: health inequalities; advancing good practice and research; informing policy; and promoting collaboration. We are working with a range of partners and stakeholders across the UK to create place-based ‘Hubs’, develop partnership and collaboration ‘Hives’ and co-produce creative learning in ‘Huddles’.
Learning will be shared between Hubs, Hives and Huddles with the aim to help foster the conditions in which creative health approaches can become integral to health and care and wider systems over time.
We will base evaluation of our activities on our Theory of Change.”
You can find out more about this new organisation from here.