Report demonstrates health benefits from engaging in creative activates

A recent report shows and suggests that arts should be an integral part of modern health and social care. It demonstrates that creativity is not just a nice to have, but fundamental to individuals, communities, and systems.

Findings presented in the Creative Health Review show that Creative Health supports people to live well for longer, reduces the pressure on health and social care systems and contributes to a healthy and prosperous society. The report highlights include:

  • Creative health is fundamental to a healthy and prosperous society, and its benefits should be available and accessible to all.
  • Creative health should form an integral part of a 21st-century health and social care system.
  • Creating the conditions for creative health to flourish requires a joined-up, whole system approach incorporating health systems, local authorities, schools and the cultural and VCSE sectors.

The Creative Health Review features several case studies and gives advice on how to articulate the value of engaging with creative health. It sets out recommendations for different UK government departments regarding sustainable funding models, coherent approaches to measuring health outcomes and ensuring opportunities are available and accessible to all.

The Creative Health Review report is a collaboration between the National Centre for Creative Health (NCCH) and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing.