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Art of Caring exhibition reveals the art of nursing

Professor Karen Norman, Peter Herbert and Caroline Harris-Birtles at The Art of Caring exhibition

Artwork depicting the theme of “Resilience” has gone on display at St Pancras Hospital, with contributions from more than 30 exhibitors including nurses and service users.

More than a hundred visitors, including patients, staff and the general public, turned up for the opening of the “Art of Caring” exhibition on Thursday 21 July.

The multi-media exhibition - comprising artwork inspired by International Nurses Day - is a collaboration between Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, Kingston University and The Arts Project charity.

More than 300 items were submitted in postcard format for the second year of the “Art of Caring” initiative which was organised by artist Alban Low.

Welcoming guests to the event, Caroline Harris-Birtles, C&I’s Deputy Director of Nursing, said: “At Camden and Islington we are very keen to continue our strong support for art generally, but also specifically to use this event as inspiration to attract further creativity from our own staff and service users.”

Karen Norman, Visiting Professor, Kingston University & St George’s, University of London, said the exhibition provided a showcase for what nurses did, but also highlighted their additional, hidden talents and celebrated all that was good about the nursing profession.

The opening evening also featured singers and music from Key Changes, a charity that provides music engagement and recovery services in hospitals and the community for people experiencing mental health problems.

The exhibition at St Pancras Conference Centre was curated by Peter Herbert of The Arts Project and runs until Thursday 13 October.

At C&I, the profile and use of art, particularly in therapy, is a crucial part of the services offered at the Trust and its use incorporates many of the Trust’s pledges contained in its new Clinical Strategy.*

Notes to Editors

* Our Clinical Strategy

At the heart of everything we do are the guiding principles contained in our new Clinical Strategy launched in March 2016.  The ethos behind the Piecing it Together exhibition reflects the following pledges from the Clinical Strategy:

  • we will co-produce with our service users and carers their treatment and support
  • we will work in a recovery-orientated way
  • we will improve access to our services for everyone regardless of  gender, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and other protected characteristics

Find out more about our new Clinical Strategy here.

About Camden and Islington NHS Trust

We provide mental health and substance misuse services to people living in Camden and Islington, and a substance misuse and psychological therapies service to residents in Kingston.

We have two inpatient facilities, at Highgate Mental Health Centre and St Pancras Hospital, as well as community based services throughout the London boroughs of Camden and Islington. Our Trust is also a member of University College London Partners (UCLP), one of the world’s leading academic health science partnerships.

We provide services for adults of working age, adults with learning difficulties, and older people in the London area either in a community or inpatient setting.

Our income for 2016/16 was £138million and we have approximately 1,700 staff. Our staff  work in multi-disciplinary teams providing a holistic approach to recovery. This means that we often work with partner agencies and the voluntary sector. Camden and Islington Mental Health and Social Care Trust was established in 2002. In March 2008 we became the first Care Trust to achieve Foundation Trust status and are licensed by NHS Improvement.

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