All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing

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Welcome to the webpages dedicated to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Arts, Health and Wellbeing.

The election of officers for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPG) will be on 16th July at 2pm.  The following parliamentarians are standing for election:

Baroness Andrews OBE

Tracy Brabin MP for Batley and Spen, Shadow Minister for Cultural Industries

Rt Hon. Lord Howarth of Newport CBE

Rt Hon. Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Dr Ben Spencer MP for Runnymede and Weybridge


The APPG is hosting a round table webinar on 16th July from 2-45-4pm. Speakers will discuss how the arts and creativity can support people who are shielding and vulnerable in our communities. Speakers are:

Chair: Tracy Brabin MP, Shadow Minister for Cultural Industries (tbc)


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

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

Victoria Hume, Director, Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance

Vikas Kumar MBE, Director, GemArts, Gateshead

Patrick Fox, Chief Executive, Heart of Glass, St Helens


Tickets are available here. The webinar will be recorded and made available soon after on the APPG Vimeo page.



Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeingthe report of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing, recommended “that leaders from within the arts, health and social care sectors, together with service users and academics, establish a strategic centre, at national level, to support the advance of good practice, promote collaboration, coordinate and disseminate research and inform policy and delivery.” Following this, the King’s Fund conducted a feasibility study and further consultation was undertaken at regional events. Plans were developed with the support of a working group including representatives from the four nations of the UK. We are delighted that Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Wellcome have agreed to fund the initial phase of the National Centre for Creative Health, which will be established as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation over the next few months. Alex Coulter, Director of Arts & Health South West, will be managing the set-up of the National Centre for Creative Health.  If you would like further information please contact Alex:


The APPG was formed in 2014 and is a cross party group of parliamentarians with a shared interest in the field of arts, health and wellbeing. The aim of the APPG is to raise awareness of  the benefits that the arts can bring to health and wellbeing and to stimulate progress towards making these benefits a reality across the country.

The APPG led a two-year inquiry 2015-17, which resulted in a report, Creative Health: The arts for health and wellbeing.This is not an official website of the House of Commons or the House of Lords. It hasn't been approved by either House or its committees. All-Party Parliamentary Groups are informal groups of Members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues. The views expressed on this webpage are those of the group.