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Background

The Arts for Health Programme works collaboratively with a range of our Mental Health Trust clinical and administrative staff to identify and develop projects and events that are designed to enhance the service user’s experience of the services the Trust provides. Projects range from on-ward and off-ward regular interventions, designed to promote specific initiatives to long-term, multi-art form projects developed with service users and staff, which aim to improve environments or support the therapeutic process.

Safewards discharge messages

Many patients are admitted in a state of depression and hopelessness, even if that is masked sometimes with anger and resentment toward the staff and the hospital. There are many ways of assisting patients to regain hope, and a sense of purpose about their admission, for example expressing care and concern for them, attending to them, listening to their concerns. The Safewards discharge messages project/ intervention provides a further method to imbue hope and convey authoritative messages about the purpose and benefit of an admission –  as well as support and encouragement from fellow patients.

See here for more info on the Safewards idea:

https://safewards.net/interventions/discharge-message

At Redwoods, in the past we have installed Discharge Message Trees on all wards, using individual leaves for patients to write messages and attach to the tree (a relief on the wall rather than a 3D installation).  These are now looking tired, and we are wanting to improve the environment for patients by creating a fresh and innovative design on the wall to replace the existing tree.

Process

It is very important to start the process of the design, by working with inpatients and staff on the ward, running workshops to make sure the ideas, theme and final imagery has been devised through this consultative and creative process.  Ideally if the final image can also be painted onto the wall by the artist and where appropriate some of the inpatients/staff involved in the initial stages that would be great.

We are therefore looking for an artist who has experience of running workshops in a range of settings, preferably in health but not exclusively; someone who is personable, respectful of the participants and the setting, and who has skills to transfer images and work up designs digitally that can be approved by all concerned and then scaled up onto the area concerned for final painting.

The artist will be supported by members of our Allied Health Professionals team plus our Activity Co-ordinator for that ward, whilst carrying out the workshops and the installation.

Artists must have an enhanced DBS and public liability up to 5million in order to be eligible for this role.

Timescale

We are hoping to begin this project in Spring of 24.  Workshops will take place weekly – on a convenient day and time for all concerned and to make the most of this project, we would hope to have momentum with the workshops leading into the final painting, so that it gives continuity to the participants and ward staff involved.

We envisage 6 weekly workshop sessions on the ward, 1.5 hours in length plus time for the artist to process the ideas/images and results of the workshops, another workshop on site to have the final designs approved/amended etc…..ready for painting and installing. We envisage 5 days for the actual painting of the mural.

Budget

There is a budget of £1880 for this project – to include 6 weekly, 1.5 hourly workshops, working up the design, consultation, painting and installation.  There will be a separate materials budget available.

Expression of interest

Artists are invited to express interest in this role by sending information about their work / link to website / social media etc…plus an example of a similar project they might have led on within a health or similar setting. Any thoughts on approach, how they might devise the workshops in what media, plus knowledge of suitable, safe and appropriate materials to use for the mural.

Examples of other work gratefully received, so we can see the type of imagery used in your practice.

To:

Jessica Kent

Jessica.kent@mpft.nhs.uk

By Friday 15th March 2024

For enquiries or a chat about this project, please call Jessica, Arts for Health Lead on 01743 210048 / 07814 752783; jessica.kent@mpft.nhs.uk

Arts for Health Contact Details

Arts for Health - General Enquiries

artsforhealth@mpft.nhs.uk

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                  07964208542 / 01785221328

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