Welcome to Arts for Health

At Arts for Health we work with our clinical teams to provide creative delivery of high quality, inclusive engagement, bringing benefits to our service users, carers and staff and improving clinical outcomes. We work with our facilities and estates team to enhance health environments within and across the Trust patch.

We're passionate about the importance of the arts in healthcare and the difference it can make to the experiences of our service users and staff. Our creative arts activities take place on the wards, bringing creativity in many forms to inpatients, and can include any artform such as visual art, photography, music, dance, drama, creative writing, reading for wellbeing and poetry.

Picture of Colour & Crescendo You Tube video

Click on the picture to watch a video about the Colour & Crescendo project.

Colour & Crescendo was a project which took place during the pandemic - a collaboration between clinical staff, inpatients and our musicians and artists. You can find out more about this project by visiting our Special Events page

Image of Dan Walsh You Tube video for World Mental Health Day

Click on the picture to watch a video of Dan Walsh performing at Shrewsbury Abbey on World Mental Health Day.

Arts for Health (MPFT) joined over 20 local organisations on World Mental Health Day on 10 October at Shrewsbury Abbey 10am-2pm - to raise awareness of mental health and address associated stigma. On the day we offered arts activities and a wonderful performance by top UK banjo player Dan Walsh!


Arts for health is all about the positive effect that active engagement with the arts can have on the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.  We aim to support the recovery of service users, both as inpatients and in the community.

Engaging in the arts can provide:

  • Distraction from mental health issues
  • Social interaction with other people
  • increased confidence
  • chance to learn new skills
  • renewed self-esteem
  • connections with people
  • the opportunity to be treated as a person rather than a patient
  • opportunities for people to shine and discover the skills, creativity and potential they have

 We work in partnership with the Facilities and Estates to create artwork for any new ward developments and buildings – to enhance the environment for service users, carers, visitors and staff.

Arts for Health also works in partnership with a range of arts organisations, professional artists and community organisations to help deliver our work. We have gained funding and support from many organsations and partners to help us develop and deliver our exciting programme of work!

Jessica Kent - Arts Lead

Jessica has a background in arts project management previously working for over 15 years in education and community settings as a project manager and consultant. Within a health setting, she previously was Arts Manager for the Cancer Centre Arts Programme at the Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Jessica has worked for the Trust developing the arts programme since 2009 and as Arts Lead since 2011.


Owen Hurcombe - Digital and Communications Project Worker

Owen has worked in the arts for many years, including roles with Staffs County Council, Creative Health CIC, The Brewhouse Arts Centre and Derby QUAD.  Owen is responsible for all aspects of marketing, publicity, communications and funding and joined the Trust in 2021. 


Helen Wilson - Project Worker

Helen’s background is in dance and she has worked in the arts and learning sector for local authorities, theatres and health organisations.  She has managed arts and cultural activities in the community and health sector and has worked at the Trust since 2012.


Diana Buckle - Administrator

Diana has worked in wide variety of administrative roles including work for BBC Radio and as a legal secretary.  She is also a musician and music teacher and values the role of the arts in wellbeing.  She has worked at the Trust since 2012.  

Arts for Health Contact Details

Jessica Kent - Arts for Health Lead

Redwoods Centre, Somerby Drive,
Shrewsbury SY3 8DS

Jessica.kent@mpft.nhs.uk 
01743 210048 / 07814 752783
 

Helen Wilson - Project Worker

St. George's Hospital, Corporation Street, Stafford ST16 3AG

Helen.wilson@mpft.nhs.uk 

Owen Hurcombe - Digital & Communications Project Worker

St, George's Hospital, Corporation Street,
Stafford ST16 3AG

Owen.hurcombe@mpft.nhs.uk
07976560700

Diana Buckle - Administrator

Redwoods Centre, Somerby Drive,
Shrewsbury SY3 8DS

Diana.buckle@mpft.nhs.uk