Learn how musicians are part of the system of healthcare in U.K.

by Deb Bartlett

It’s hard to believe that I am writing about the first webinar of 2020 already. Wasn’t it only a few years ago we were worried about Y2K? I hope you’ve enjoyed (maybe even are still enjoying!) a wonderful holiday season, and have had time for some rest and relaxation.

Those of you who visit this space regularly know that one of the goals of Room 217 is to educate and train caregivers to integrate music into regular practice. Our webinars are a great way to introduce people to Room 217’s educational offerings. Additionally, we hold an annual Music Care Conference, Music Care Training, as well as our newest education programs, Music Care Skills Day (one for hospice palliative care workers, and one for recreation therapists) and the Virtual Learning Studio.

Over the past three years, we’ve been building a beautiful relationship with some kindred spirits in Nottingham, U.K. We’ve held two Music Care Conferences there, have networked with other health arts organizations, and have trained several Level 1 and 2 classes of Music Care Training. One of the great relationships we’ve been building is with the team from OPUS Music, who are musicians working in healthcare.

Musicians in Healthcare is the topic of the January 8 webinar, presented by Nick Cutts. Nick is not only one of the trainers of Room 217’s Music Care Training in the U.K., but he is a co-founder of OPUS Music Community Interest Company. OPUS is a specialist in taking music-making into a range of healthcare settings, from neonatal intensive care units to teen mental health settings, to end-of-life care.

OPUS has gained national and international attention for becoming part of the healthcare system in many of the settings where musicians work.

Nick’s webinar session will explore why OPUS’ apparoach to music-making is gaining such positive results and attention from the healthcare sector.

For those of you who attend our webinars for professional reasons, Nick has provided us with three measurable outcomes: understand the developing role of music as a cultural intervention with U.K. healthcare settings; identify key “intentions” of a Musician in Healthcare working within a clinical setting; understand OPUS’ approaches to supporting systemic change toward the integrated us of music within healthcare.

Webinars are free, but attendees need to register to get the link. And did you know all of our webinars are archived? Visit the reference library to access past webinars.