Leeds Centre for Medical Humanities

An interdisciplinary collaboration between the Faculties of Arts and Medicine & Health at the University of Leeds

International Health Humanities: New Network and Web Site Launched

The International Health Humanities Network provides a global platform for innovative scholars, medical, health and social care professionals, voluntary sector workers and creative practitioners to join forces with informal and family carers, service-users and the wider self-caring public to explore, celebrate and develop new approaches in advancing health and wellbeing through the arts and humanities in hospitals, residential and community settings. Supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, this initiative begins a new era in developing the way that arts and humanities knowledge and practice can enhance health and wellbeing.

On this website, members can log the impact of language, literature, history, theology, law, philosophy, visual, performing and multimedia arts, as well as area studies, media and cultural studies, for example, in enhancing the health and wellbeing of society. Informal carers, service users and the self-caring public are invited to share their ideas of how arts and humanities have benefited them and may benefit others experiencing a particular challenge to their health and wellbeing. Nurses, doctors, occupational therapists, psychologists, dentists, physiotherapists, social workers, childcare and school workers, physiotherapists, alternative and complimentary therapists, as well as those who have traditionally drawn on the arts and humanities such as dance and drama therapists, poetry therapists, art therapists, bibliotherapists and sports therapists, are invited to join and report on successful, innovative projects and events in this field.

Whether you are giving or receiving information on this website, we hope you find new people and practical resources around the world that help to ‘keep the human in health’.

To populate the Impact section of the website, we now invite narrative summaries that fit within the above areas. We are seeking:

  • a brief overview of the project / work (@200 words max)
  • a brief overview of its impact into either Humanities, Education or Health (or, all 3!) i.e. intellectual impact, health and social care impact (patients / carers / service development and delivery), development of medical, nursing and allied health care education etc.
  • a link to either a website or written report / journal article etc summarising findings / work (where possible).

Many thanks! Paul Crawford, Charley Baker, Brian Brown and VictoriaTischler.

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