Supporting healthcare professionals through challenging times

Current and recent projects

Medical Education

Performing Medicine course are embedded in the core-curriculum across the five-year MBBA undergraduate course at The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. We have a long-standing relationship with Queen Mary and support the students to develop skills around both verbal and non-verbal communication, self-care, team work, resilience and valuing diversity through practical and reflective sessions.


This year we worked with Imperial NHS Charity to deliver staff wellbeing and communication workshops to over 70 members of staff and across 8 different departments, helping staff to build self-care into their practice and reconnect with colleagues after the long period of disruption caused by Covid-19.

Following scoping interviews with staff across the Trust, we developed a forum workshop focusing on diversity and inclusion, prior to its imminent merger. The Forum responded to the issues and needs raised by staff, particularly relating to the international recruitment programme at YDH, and was delivered to the Senior Executive Team.


Performing Medicine works internationally. Earlier this year we spent 3 days in Javeriana University in Bogata, Colombia helping staff in the Medical School explore how they could embed arts-based methods into their curriculum.

More recently and closer to home, we have worked with University College of Osteopathy as part of a Knowledge Exchange, to run a series of workshops with students, qualified Osteopaths and faculty to investigate an enhanced enriched curriculum approach developing skills for application within clinical practice.

We have also led a session at the University of Worcester to introduce Performing Medicines methodologies and inspire different opportunities for this new and distinctive Three Counties Medical School.

Creative Health and Social Prescribing

Since our pilot programme in 2020 with Southwark and Merton, we have expanded our Social Prescribing Workforce Development Programme and have worked across several London boroughs including Croydon, Hackney, Brent, Enfield and most recently Newham. Through our training we have brought together Artists, Link Workers and Local Authorities to create connections and explore next steps in the borough, helping to build a strong local social prescribing workforce to support NHS and Arts Council England strategy.

We also support Dulwich Picture Gallery running bi-annual training for local social prescribers and have launched an online accredited course with the Personalised Care Institute for social prescribing teams with a desire to open up possibilities for cultural social prescribing.

Current research

Primary Care Professional Development Programme – UKRI/AHRC

Performing Medicine and Queen Mary University of London, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry have received support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) [AH/X010481/1] to build on our original ‘Communicating through Covid’ research project, and extend the work to the primary care community.

Over the next few months, we will be running a series of workshops, an international CPD webinar, networking event and primary care ambassador training to support primary care staff with their wellbeing, verbal and non-verbal communication skills, and advocate for the role of arts and culture in primary care healthcare and education.

Learning from experiences of Covid-19 in all communities – UKRI/ESRC

Performing Medicine is supporting a new study led by the University of Stirling in collaboration with Universities of Aberdeen and Oxford to understand the experiences and support needs of people suffering from the long-term effects of Covid-19. Over the past year we have co-designed several pieces of work with the team based on the research. These include a verbatim piece that was presented at the Lancet Public Health Conference focusing on diverse experiences of Covid, and forums at the Society for Academic Primary Care Conference and Interdisciplinary Conference on Communication, Medicine, and Ethics focusing on GPs and Long Covid. We have also designed a final forum exploring Long Covid and young people for a secondary school education audience.

Cluster Trials Forum

We are working with the Institute of Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham to create a forum based on research exploring the role of communication and risk of bias in cluster randomised controlled trials for an audience of clinical statisticians.

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