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The Art of Recovery - a Medicine for Members event

Rooms 8 and 9
West Wing
St Pancras Hospital
4 St Pancras Way
London NW1 0PE

Date: Thursday 17 March 2016
Time: 5.30pm to 7pm

Musicians and artists will contribute to an evening dedicated to highlighting the crucial value  of art in the context of mental health recovery and wellbeing as part of C&I’s Medicine for Members programme of events.

Sandra McGhee, Camden and Islington NHS Trust’s Head of Occupational Therapy and Arts Therapy will talk about art’s place in hospitals and why Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust has a long history of supporting it.

Curator Manager of the Art Project, Peter Herbert, who has organised art exhibitions at C&I for the past 13 years, will describe the diverse range of work that these have involved, with highly-regarded contributions from prisoners to recovering drug addicts.

Medicine for Members events take place throughout the year on a range of mental health issues and areas of interest from across C&I.

The evening’s packed programme will also include a short presentation by acclaimed artist Simon Croft, a trans-man living and working in London. Much of his art stems from his own trans experience and he will explain how art helped him to develop resilience during that journey and how it contributes to his sense of worth and of making a difference. 

Simon’s work currently features in the Loudest Whispers exhibition being hosted by C&I next to the Conference Centre in the West Wing of St Pancras Hospital.  Simon said:  “I hope my story illustrates how art can help individuals through emotionally challenging times.”

Key Changes is an award-winning organisation that provides music engagement and recovery services in hospitals and the community for young people and adults experiencing mental health problems.

General Manager, Peter Leigh, will explain the therapeutic benefits of music for people experiencing mental health problems and his organisation’s approach to culturally relevant music therapy. 

There will be then a question and answer session at the end of the presentations before musicians from Key Changes do a live music session. The evening will round off with the chance to accompany Peter Herbert on a tour of the Endless Whispers art exhibition on the ground floor corridor next to the Conference Centre.

The Medicine for Members event will be held in Rooms 8 and 9, West Wing, St Pancras Hospital, 4 St Pancras Way, London NW1 0PE.   All are welcome and refreshments will be available throughout the evening.


About Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

We provide mental health and substance misuse services to people living in Camden and Islington, substance misuse services to Westminster, 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 2014/15 was £141million 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 Monitor.

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