Events and current activity

Read more about the APPG here and catch up on events below.

How culture and creativity can support changes to the Mental Health Act

You can watch the webinar here:

 

How can the arts, culture and creativity contribute to better experiences for people who come into contact with mental health services, and support the recommended changes to the Mental Health Act 1983?

The government consultation on Reforming the Mental Health Act (MHA) closed on the 21st April 2021. This roundtable discussion will explore how culture and creativity can support the four principles on which the reforms are based. They aim to place people at the centre of decisions about their own care and ensure everyone is treated equally. The principles are:

  • choice and autonomy - ensuring service users’ views and choices are respected
  • least restriction - ensuring the MHA’s powers are used in the least restrictive way
  • therapeutic benefit - ensuring patients are supported to get better, so they can be discharged from the MHA
  • the person as an individual - ensuring patients are viewed and treated as individuals

Chaired by: Ben Spencer MP, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing

Speakers will include academics, practitioners and people with lived experience of the Mental Health Act.

APPG webinar on Care, Care Homes, Arts and Creativity

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing webinar on Care, Care Homes and the Arts and Creativity will consider how the arts and creativity can support carers and the cared for.

You can watch the webinar here:

 

Chair: Ben Spencer MP, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing

Speakers:

Speakers will talk from a range of perspectives about Care, Care Homes, Arts and Creativity.

Parliamentarians will respond to the presentations:

  • Lord Best, Officer of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Adult Social Care
  • Baroness Hollins of Wimbledon, Officer of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Adult Social Care
  • Lord Howarth of Newport, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing
  • Sarah Owen, MP for Luton North, Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Adult Social Care
  • Lord Ramsbotham

How can the arts and creativity support people who are shielding and vulnerable during Covid-19?

This first round table event for the newly inaugurated APPG was held on 16 July 2020, 2-2:45pm.

You can watch the webinar here:

Speakers discussed how the arts and creativity can support people who are shielding and vulnerable in our communities. The webinar is available on the APPG Vimeo page. A report circulated to attendees by the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance can be found here.

  • Chair: Tracy Brabin MP, Shadow Minister for Cultural Industries

Speakers:

  • Dr Ben Spencer, Member of Parliament for Runnymede and Weybridge
  • Baroness Young of Hornsey, member of the House of Lords Select Committee on Covid-19 and Co-Chair of the Foundation for Future London.
  • Dr Daisy Fancourt, Associate Professor of Psychobiology & Epidemiology, UCL, lead on the UCL Covid study
  • Dr Neil Churchill OBE, NHSE Director, Experience, Participation and Equalities Group, Covid-19 Workstream Lead for Non-NHS Support for Vulnerable Individuals and Groups
  • Ellen Rule, Director of Transformation and Service Redesign, Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Cllr Julian German, Leader of Cornwall County Council and Vice-Chair of Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, LGA
  • Natasha Duggan, Expert Patient and Community Artist
  • Victoria Hume, Director, Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance
  • Vikas Kumar MBE, Director, GemArts, Gateshead
  • Patrick Fox, Chief Executive, Heart of Glass, St Helens

Parliamentary Action and Influencing Policy

Briefing for Integrated Care System planning

In 2019, the APPG and Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance partnered with the Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network on a briefing for those responsible for Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STP) /Integrated Care Systems (ICS) planning. The purpose of the briefing is to support and inspire planners to include the arts and culture in their vision for the transformation of care. You can download the briefing here

Debates and recommendations

The APPG provides a springboard for parliamentary action, such as debates and questions for oral and written answer and for making policy recommendations:

 

Round tables, events, and annual reports

The APPG has held meetings and round tables and details of these can be found in the documents listed below, as well as our AGM and Annual Reports.

Inaugural meeting for 2020 (16 July 2020): download here

Heritage, Health and Wellbeing (2019): download here

Everyday Creativity (2018): download here

Libraries and Health: download here

Young People’s Mental Health: download here

Music and Dementia: download here

Annual report 2018-19

Find the APPG's annual report 2018-19

Annual report 2017-18

Find the APPG's annual report 2017-18 here

Creative Health Recommendation meetings

Recommendation 1: Notes and Actions

Recommendation 2: Notes and Actions

Recommendations 3 & 4: Notes and Actions January 2018 and Minutes February 2019

Recommendation 5: Notes and Actions

Recommendation 6:  Notes and Actions

Recommendation 7: Notes and Actions

Recommendation 8 - 1:  Notes and Actions

Recommendation 8 - 2: Notes and Actions

Recommendations 9 & 10: Notes and Actions