Evaluation of Pilot at Broomfield Hospital

Between January and March 2016 we delivered a pilot programme of work on children's wards at Broomfield Hospital. The evaluation of this project was conducted by Sarah Bedell (Aspirational Arts Partnerships) who offer practical advice, support, capacity building and project development for creative individuals and businesses, educators and arts development teams.

You can read the finished evaluation here. 

We are currently in the process of fundraising for a new long term project at Broomfield Hospital, that will work across adult's and children's wards.

Joe & David Interviewed On Hospital Radio Chelmsford

In March 2016, Pulse Arts was contacted by Hospital Radio Chelmsford who were interested in out work at Broomfield Hospital. We were delighted to be interviewed by Eric Smart, a regular presenter on the network. We hope you enjoy listening to the show below where we play some music and talk about our project at Broomfield Hospital. 

You can find out more about Hospital Radio Chelmsford on their Twitter and Facebook

Pulse Arts Featured in Chelmsford Weekly News

Our project at the Broomfield Hospital has been featured by Chelmsford Weekly News. They came to observe us working in The Broomfield Hospital and observed our practice during a busy Phlebotomy Clinic. Read The Article Here.

Pulse Arts Musicians featured in The Independent as part of GOSH Charity Appeal.

On Wednesday this week we were shadowed by a journalist and photographer from The Independent, and a filmmaker from London Live. They spent an hour with us, talking about our work as part of Go Create! and filmed us making music on Eagle Ward at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

If you didn't manage to see the article in The Independent on Sunday, the article is available to read online here, where it is accompanied by a short film. 

Our work at GOSH has been generously funded by Go Create! and Arts Council England as part of a year long project to embed Music in Healthcare Practice into the hospital.


Music In Healthcare Training Opportunity

OPUS Music CIC are providing training for musicians who are interested in working in healthcare settings. Applications are now open for a 5-day Music in Healthcare Settings Training course in Derby, UK. The course will take place on 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 May 2016 at Kedleston Road Training and Development Centre, and Derbyshire Children's Hospital (Royal Derby Hospital). More details are available on the OPUS Website

Opus Music training courses opened the door to this fantastic work for me, and come with the highest recommendation for any musicians who have an interest in working in this challenging setting.
— Joe Danks, Pulse Arts CIC

Joe Visits Wishing Well Music In Healthcare

In November 2015, Pulse Musician and Director Joe went to visit Wishing Well Music In Healthcare In Brighton. Read his reflections on the visit below

On the 24th November, I had the opportunity to visit Wishing Well Music In Healthcare in Brighton. I got the chance to engage and observe their long established practice at the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital. I made music with Wishing Well Musicians Bella and Anna, as well as patients and parents on the High Dependency Unit. I learnt an awful lot from the day, and I left with a real belief in the importance of inter-organisational dialogue and skills sharing between practitioners in this field. Each hospital is unique, and the way that Music In Healthcare Practitioners integrate into each hospital is different. It was inspiring to see what such a long term relationship looks like in practice.

When I first approached Wishing Well to organise the visit, I had in my head an observational visit from myself and Dave Mckenny in which we would visit the programme and watch the practitioners at work. Jo White, from Wishing Well, suggested that she would like the two of us to visit separately, and to bring our instruments and engage in the practice. I was made to feel incredibly welcome by Bella and Anna, and after the day we all remarked that we had learnt from each other and the fact that I had brought my own practice was beneficial for them as well as me. Moving forward I am keen to support exchanges between musicians, and this visit has instilled in me the importance of visiting musicians being active observers and making music when they visit.

The fact that I brought my instrument helped me to reflect on the musical differences between our two practices. The day of work I saw was much more improvisational, and less repertoire led than the work we have been delivering at Great Ormond St. Bella, Anna and I discussed this after the day, and how it related to the environment they were working in. I found the practitioner’s confidence in improvisation really inspiring, and the fluidity of the music they were making is something I would really like to further focus on for my own practice in coming months.

To summarise, I am so glad that we built programme visits into our Great Ormond Street project, and it will certainly be something I will try to incorporate into future projects. A fantastic learning experience, and one that will have a direct impact on my practice moving forward.