Research supports our strongly-held belief that our hospital environment affects how our patients behave and feel, and in turn impacts on their healing and recovery. Studies by the Kings Fund and University College London have concluded that transforming environments delivers clinical and therapeutic benefits and that there are strong associations between an environment enhanced by art and design, and patient satisfaction outcomes.

Over the past 30 years the benefits of bringing the arts into clinical environments has become increasingly clear and hospitals around the world have incorporated art and design into their buildings with extremely positive results. We believe that working alongside professional artists to bring high-quality art to the clinical spaces in our hospital will have a huge impact on our patients’ hospital journey. 

Current and former patients are helping us to develop an arts strategy that will be brought to life by professional artists, and include:

  • Creating a sense of adventure with interactive art trails that will help children to navigate their way around the building
  • Specially commissioned artworks for bed spaces, treatment rooms and communal areas
  • Sculpture trails
  • Visiting exhibitions
  • Music, dance and drama performances
  • Opportunities for children and young people to create and display their own works of art.

“The right environment brings enormous benefits to both children and their parents. Lots of our patients have to see us regularly, so it is important that we make our hospital a place where they feel happy. Bringing the arts into a clinical setting will have a huge and positive impact on their overall experience.”  Dr Larissa Kerecuk, Consultant Paediatric Nephrologist, Birmingham Children’s Hospital

If you would like to find out more about supporting our arts programme please contact Joan O’Leary on 0121 333 8750 or email joan.o’[email protected].