ACW and Welsh NHS Confederation renew MOU

The Welsh NHS Confederation and the Arts Council of Wales renew a Memorandum of Understanding. 

The Welsh NHS Confederation and the Arts Council of Wales have renewed their commitment to raising awareness of the benefits that the arts can have on people’s health and wellbeing and to embed arts and health initiatives across the NHS in Wales.

The two organisations have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which puts the arts at the heart of service transformation.

Over the last three years, significant investment has supported a national network of Arts and Health Co-ordinators to develop partnerships across the arts and health sectors within each Health Board area in Wales, and to identify the opportunities within the NHS for creativity to help address health and wellbeing priorities.

Developing these initiatives and schemes have proven to enhance both physical and mental health and wellbeing, keeping people happy, healthy and independent in their own communities for longer and to improve patient experience for people accessing health treatment in hospital or other healthcare settings.

Phil George, Chair of the Arts Council of Wales said:

“I’ve been delighted by the impact of our MoU partnership with the Welsh NHS Confederation and warmly welcome its next phase. Together we’ve shown that the arts can be of major importance in building the mental and physical health as well as the wellbeing of patients, health workers and the wider public...."