Evidence & Impact

We undertake ongoing evaluation of our courses, commission external evaluations, and publish qualitative analysis of feedback, showing the benefits of arts based approaches to health professionals and the resulting impact on patients’ experiences.

Recent evaluation results show that 97% of participants would recommend our sessions to colleagues or peers, and 99% reported that our sessions had improved their skills in self care, communication and teamwork.

Performing Medicine has been developed through, and is underpinned by, research. This has included pilot studies, impact evaluations, practice-based research and literature reviews. We explore the theoretical principles that form the foundations of arts based approaches, and continue to grow the evidence base in this area, regularly publishing research in academic journals including the Lancet, BMJ, Medical Humanities and Medical Education, and presenting at conferences nationally and internationally.

We undertake projects which draw together a range of partners from disciplines including clinical education, medical humanities, performance studies and applied arts.

Our Research has been funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, Wellcome Trust, D’Oyly Carte Trust, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.  


Circle of Care is a framework that helps us to understand how arts based approaches can contribute to compassionate care. Watch the animation above to discover more about how you can think about, practice and demonstrate high quality compassionate care.

The innovative Circle of Care model re-envisions compassionate healthcare by describing a multi-directional flow of care between healthcare professionals and their colleagues, patients and carers. The model also positions ‘self-care’ – the way healthcare professionals care for themselves – as fundamental to achieving effective healthcare.

At the centre of the Circle of Care is a skills compass which will help navigate the obstacles getting in the way of the flow of care. Develop your skills on this compass by exploring our training and courses.

Circle of Care was created by Performing Medicine in collaboration with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, with funding from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.


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