In ABMU the Arts initiative was begun by a group of staff who formed an Arts steering group in 2005. They ran a number of projects and then raised funds to employ a part time Arts Co-ordinator who has grown and developed the work to enhance patient experience over the last four years with support from staff throughout the organisation.
Our vision: To incorporate the Arts into everything we do so that patients, their families and staff experience excellent care in excellent surroundings
"Over recent years, there has been a growing understanding of the impact that taking part in the arts can have on health and wellbeing. By supplementing medicine and care, the arts can improve the health of people who experience mental or physical health problems. Engaging in the arts can promote prevention of disease and build wellbeing. The arts can improve healthcare environments and benefit staff retention and professional development." National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing website
Prue Thimbleby is ABMU Arts in Health Co-ordinator Prue is a willow artist and digital story facilitator and has over 20 years of experience in delivering and managing participatory Arts projects. Prue trained as a nurse and midwife and then began to run Arts projects. In 1995 she did a BA in Arts Practice in the Community at Middlesex University and in 2005 she moved to Wales and did an MA in Community Storytelling at the University of South Wales. Prue’s Arts projects have ranged from setting up Swansea Digital Storytelling in Communities First regeneration areas to being Artistic Director for one of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad projects. In 2012 she was appointed as Art Co-ordinator for ABMU Health Board. www.pruethimbleby.net