Supporting healthcare professionals through challenging times

Previous work

Communicating through Covid: Supporting healthcare professionals non-verbal communication through arts-based education. A collaborative research project with Performing Medicine, People’s Palace Projects, QMUL, The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, GSTT, UCLH and Swansea Bay, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UKRI).

Based on interviews with healthcare professionals at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Trust, and input from two of our brilliant Associate Artists; Hazel Holder and Yolanda Vasquez, we created an interactive resource with accompanying audio guide to support easier and more effective communication whilst wearing a mask. Download the resource here.

During the pandemic, Performing Medicine launched our open programme offering workshops on managing stress, presentation skills, medicine and photography and anatomical art, all led by practitioners working across movement, voice and sculpture.

We have delivered several masterclasses at Cumberland Lodge for GP trainees and doctors. Sessions have included wellbeing, voice and neutral mask workshops.

Performing Medicine have worked closely with Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Trust to develop a bespoke new framework for compassionate care and accompanying training programme called Circle Of Care, which reached over 800 Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Trust staff when launched.

Read the case study here

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Over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, we responded to requests from healthcare professionals at University College Hospital (UCLH), providing training and resources to support staff with the challenges they face. This includes sharable digital resources including Coping with PPE and the Recovery Room.

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A pilot project with Barts Health NHS Trust to improve quality of care and staff wellbeing through arts-based education, funded by Barts Charity. Including 10 training days for staff working across six wards that deliver care for older people’s services at Newham Hospital.


A range courses for medical students at King College London, including those on the Academic Support Programme and the Long Term Conditions Block.


Sessions on Managing Stress and Effective Online Communications for staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital. We have also hosted sessions at GOSH’s Art Club, hosting drawing, movement and voice sessions for staff.

A year-long programme of virtual study days for staff at Swansea Bay University Health Board, focusing on promoting, practising and demonstrating high-quality compassionate care. We worked with Swansea Bay University Health Board’s Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Unit to test how arts based methodologies could be employed at three older people mental health services wards.

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Co-designed interactive forums on Bullying & Harassment and Staff Sickness, working with audiences of 500 at the BMA’s symposiums and AGM.

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Workshops on Resilience, Self-care and Compassion for healthcare professionals at two of Health Education England’s Springboard: Return to Practice Conferences.




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