Get The Picture: Culture, Health and Wellbeing – our 2018 Annual Conference and AGM, Tuesday 20th November at the John McIntyre Conference Centre in Edinburgh. We are delighted that our Keynote speaker will be Professor Sir Harry Burns the Director of Global Public Health at the University of Strathclyde Glasgow.
With the Scottish Government due to publish a National Culture Strategy later this year, Get the Picture invites you to make room for the head, heart and soul to be heard, in a cross-sectoral exploration of culture, health and wellbeing.
Engagement with culture has tangible effects on people’s health. It supports individuals to thrive, and can aid recovery, shorten the length of hospital stay and reduce reliance on GP visits and medication. It encourages people to learn and gets people actively involved in their community.
Arts in health programmes offer personalised non-medical health strategies that support NHS outcomes, by helping improve the patient’s experience and the quality of care and fostering a culture within health services that is more personal centred, compassionate and empowering. Culture has a crucial role to play in medical training, assisting clinicians to see and value the patient as a whole person, not just an illness or symptom. Community based cultural and regeneration programmes can harness culture to address the underlying social determinants of health.
However, the health benefits of cultural interventions are still not well understood in clinical or community settings, and health inequalities and disability limit access and participation. There is a need for more joined up working at the strategic policy level across government, local authorities, third sector, health boards, health and social care partnerships and cultural agencies.
This event will be of interest to health charities, other voluntary and community health organisations, health boards, health and social care partnerships, local authorities, culture trusts and arts organisations.
- How could culture inform the transformation of Public Health and Primary Care?
- What does Realistic Medicine have to learn from culture?
- When will we get more joined up working between culture and health sectors at every level?
- Why would a needs based Culture Strategy help address health inequalities?
- Where else in the world are people talking about culture, health and wellbeing?
Professor Sir Harry Burns, University of Strathclyde
Dr John Ennis
Margaret O’Connor, Art in Healthcare
Toni Giugliano, Mental Health Foundation
Leonie Bell, Renfrewshire Council
Play by Brian Daniels: Hello My Name Is…..
Get in the Picture: Get involved
Enter the poster competition
We would like to invite our network to display a poster at our conference to focus on the great work happening to improve health through culture and arts. Send your entry form to us! Poster session submission form VHS annual conference 2018
Submission forms have to be back by the 3rd September. Please get in touch with any questions.
Sponsor or exhibit
We have a range of sponsorship and exhibition opportunities at the event. Please get in touch to discuss how you can be involved in the event: Sponsor Options at the VHS Annual Conference 2018
If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Blair.