Meet the team
- Bryan Nelson
- Paula McHugh
- Sandra McCarry
What is the positive change that has emerged through new collaborations or partnerships during Covid-19 that your project is going to embed?
The change that has emerged during Covid-19 is in relation to staff wellbeing and the need for clinical & ward based staff to have access to soothing/uplifting spaces where they can take time to process their thoughts and seek encouragement & inspiration to support their wellbeing. E.g. Wobble Rooms/Rainbow Rooms/Quiet Rooms.
This resulted in requests to the Arts in Health Programme to provide artwork and positivity boards for the rooms. Partnerships have developed across Belfast Trust including with Cancer Services, & the Family Liaison and Bereavement Team with the Arts Care Artist in Residence Programme.
Artists created work to transform spaces. Each space developed organically, as staff contributed comments on positivity boards, their own artwork and that of family members.
“The Arts Care team was central to creating a warm and relaxing environment.”
“A great place to reflect and calm down.”
What does your project aim to achieve?
We want to further develop the use of Arts in Health Programmes to improve staff wellbeing through offering arts interventions and spaces for their display particularly within the safe time out spaces for staff.
The project aims to:
To increase the availability of specific arts related activities to promote staff wellbeing, targeted around working patterns.
Build on a pilot project which had begun in early 2020 offering art workshops for ED staff at the Royal Victoria Hospital who were keen to display staff artwork in their department.
To involve staff in the creation of their own artwork to enhance staff wellbeing spaces.
To offer more opportunities to clinical ward based staff to engage in art workshops for wellbeing.
Reduced stress levels in staff
Improved sense of the team in the working area through shared pride in their working environment
Enjoyment of staff in the arts activities offered.
How will the project be delivered?
A planning team including hospital management, clinical staff, Arts in Health and Arts Care will develop a programme of workshops for clinical teams in the Belfast HSC Trust, initially at the Royal site. Activity will be developed in conjunction with the staff at a time and venue most suited to their working lives.
The sessions will be delivered by an Arts Care Project Artist from Arts Care NI and other artist/facilitator will be contracted as necessary.
The artist will facilitate sessions which will:
Support staff to use creative activity for wellbeing e.g. manage stress
Support staff with existing skills to continue to develop their artistic practice
Create a body of work for display in staff safe/quiet spaces
There is potential for broader specific arts events to be held, with recent input from Jan Carson as a Writer in Residence producing ‘Write Around the Royal’ being an excellent recent example.
How is your project going to share learning?
The project will be evaluated throughout, through staff feedback on events and collection of data regarding time and number of events made available. Activity will be documented through photography of works created or sessions in action.
Learning from the project will be shared widely through:
The display of the artwork
Linkages to Quality Improvement events in the Belfast HSC Trust
A wide range of arts, health, social care, community networks both within and external to Belfast HSC Trust.
If the project is successful this could lead to online availability of celebratory publications in a number of mediums.
The Learning will help build on ongoing health and wellbeing work through the Trust B Well staff initiative.
How you can contribute
- Ideas for measurement of the impact of arts activities with staff or other project measures
- Experiences of art projects or arts events for staff
- Ideas for how to celebrate the project either during or how it is shared at the end
|30 Nov 2020||Review of literature & Initial consultation with staff and artists|
|31 Jan 2021||Report to Project Team on Initial Consultation|
|19 Feb 2021||Operational Working Group Formed & Initial Meeting|
|12 Mar 2021||Confirm pilot programme of activity, QI measurements & continuous data collection|
|2 Apr 2021||Apr-Nov deliver blended (in person/remote delivery) pilot programme|
|28 Jan 2022||Review quantitative & qualitative data, PDSA learning & share data including artworks|
|18 Feb 2022||Revise plans responding to learning from pilot (Year 1)|
|1 Mar 2022||Share & Celebrate Year 1 Pilot|
|11 Mar 2022||Begin scale & spread activity across other trust sites|