Music gives people a voice when words
fail them at the end of their lives
A music therapist describes how improvising
songs can open a vital channel of communication in palliative care
Visit this page to read the full article.
2014 AHP Healthcare
now place your entries for the AHP Healthcare awards 2014. The closing date for
the entries is 5pm on 17th January 2014. The awarding ceremony will be held on 11th
April 2014. Please visit this page for more information.
Make music your medicine (An Article from Great Ormond Street Hospital website)
Most people like music. Some people spend hours plugged into their iPods. You hear it everywhere! There are so many different types of music. There’s music to relax to, and music that makes you want to boogie!
But there’s something even more fab about funky tunes. They can help you feel better when you’re feeling down, or even pretty poorly.
But can the music in your ears really wipe away your tears?
Visit this page to read this article: http://www.gosh.nhs.uk/children/general-health-advice/health-features/make-music-your-medicine/
Royal praise for the North Yorkshire
Music Therapy Centre
The North Yorkshire Music Therapy
Centre (NYMTC) is among forty Yorkshire based community groups to have had
their work recognised by a major royal award scheme. The Duke of
York’s Community Initiative is presented annually to community groups and
charities from across the whole of Yorkshire who, following rigorous
assessment, are deemed to be: “of real value to the community, well
run and an inspiration to others.”
NYMTC was founded in 1987 to help
families whose lives have been affected by illness or disability by using
interactive music making as a means of making a connection. The charity
provides music therapy, training and further education and the Centre’s Music
Therapists, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) work
in local schools, day centres, hospitals, clinics and homes. Music therapy can
bring dramatic improvements to quality of life as people gain confidence in
their ability to communicate and to express themselves in new ways
This year’s award ceremony was
attended by over two hundred award holders, assessors and guests. Speaking
at the event HRH the Duke of York talked of how over the years the Initiative
had sought to extend its remit so that now it not only recognises and rewards
outstanding community work but in so doing seeks to enhance society by
encouraging award holders to continue to do all they can to break down barriers
between both organisation and organisations and people.
Photograph by Simon Kench/DOYCI
Angela Harrison, NYMTC’s Lead Music Therapist receiving the Initiative’s
citation from HRH the Duke of York at a special award ceremony at Bridlington
Spa’s Royal Hall.
also to Music as Therapy International
Music as Therapy International was recently high commended at the Third
Sector Excellence Awards, in the category of "Small Charity; big
Achiever". This category was open to all charities with an income of
less that £1 million, so as a charity with an income of significantly less that
£85,000.00. The Charity is very fortunate to have had the support of
many, many music therapists over the years whether from the sidelines or
actively donating their time and skills within their projects.
Music Research Consortium UK -
Leaders of professional organisations promoting research in music will gather
at the Institute of Musical Research, Senate House, London on Friday 25
October, 2013 at 5pm, for the official launch of the Music Research
Consortium UK (MRC-UK). Invited guests include scholars, industry
professionals and policy makers from across the UK.
MRC-UK has developed links between eighteen bodies that promote
musical research and the exchange of ideas. It aims to co-ordinate
national and international initiatives and responses concerning music research
practice and policy on behalf of the participating organisations in order to
promote evidence-based policy and practice that draws explicitly on the latest
‘The establishment of the Music Research Consortium UK is a timely
– perhaps overdue – initiative that brings together the highly-varied forms of
musical research and gives them a forum for discussion and, when needed, a
single voice’ (Mark Everist; President, The Royal Musical Association and
Congratulations to Alex Maguire!
Alex Maguire will be co-awarded in recognition of setting up a
staff/patient choir at Broadmoor Hospital.
A committee on behalf of the Royal Society for Public Health Arts and
Health Awards will give the Alex and his colleague will receive the accolade in
recognition of their innovative and significant work for individuals working
through the arts supporting the wellbeing and health of residents and staff in
The award will be presented with a commendation at the annual conference
of the Royal Society for Public Health’s Annual Conference and Awards Ceremony
on Thursday 12 September in central London.
Music Therapy Adrian Snell, Music
After seven years Adrian Snell is releasing an inspiring and
thought provoking new album: Fierce Love.
The album has many stories to tell, but one particular influence is
Adrian’s work with children and young people with a variety of special needs.
This influence comes from both the relationships he has formed, and the
extraordinary range of instruments that are central to his Music Therapy work
and now contribute to the unique soundscape of the album.
There is a BBC Radio 4 programme around Adrian's and music
therapy work at Three Ways is scheduled on Sunday 08.10 AM
on the 6th October 2013
Please click here to view the promotional video http://youtu.be/Jm7dRyI_fcs .
Fierce Love is being released on the 28th September 2013. It will be available on Adrian's
website, iTunes, Amazon and other retailers.
Please do ‘follow’ and ‘like’ Adrian on twitter and Facebook, and
of course pass the details on to anyone you know who may be interested in
order to help spread the word further afield.
HCPC launches fees consultation
The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has today launched a
three month consultation on proposals to increase its registration fees in
In the consultation, the Council is proposing an increase in the renewal
fee from £76 to £80 per year. This increase is significantly lower than
the rate of inflation over the four years since the last increase in 2009.
The Council is also proposing a similar level of increases to the other
fees it charges.
As an independent regulator, the HCPC is self-financing and its
operating costs are funded by registrant fees entirely. We do not receive
regular funding from the Government, the only occasion we have done so is to
cover the costs associated with bringing a new profession onto the Register.
The proposed increase will allow the HCPC to manage the yearly increases
in its costs in an incremental way and prevent substantial unexpected increases
in its fees. This is consistent with feedback from stakeholders in
previous consultations and represents good financial management. It also
ensures we have sufficient funds to continue to function as an effective and
efficient regulator, maintaining and improving our regulatory processes.
Marc Seale, Chief Executive and Registrar commented;
“We are very aware that our operating costs are funded entirely from the
fees our registrants pay. We do our utmost to ensure we operate our processes
as efficiently as possible. However, it is important that we set our fees
at a realistic level in order to continue to provide an efficient service to
our registrants and deliver our primary function of protecting the public.
“The consultation sets out where the registrants’ fees are spent and why
the increases are needed. It also highlights how these increases compare
to our existing fees, provides information on our financial performance and
shows how the proposed increase compares with other regulators. We are and will
remain the lowest fee of all independent UK health and social care regulators”
The consultation will run from 10 July until 1 October 2013. If
the proposals are adopted the changes to the fees would be effective from 1
April 2014. Existing registrants would pay the new renewal fee when their
profession next renews its registration.
Congratulations to Rosie Axon
Rosie Axon (Director of Chiltern Music Therapy) & member of
BAMT has been nominated for a Pride of Buckinghamshire Award, in
the Entrepreneur of the Year category, for her work setting up and running
Chiltern Music Therapy. You can read the article that was recently
published in the Buckinghamshire Advertiser at :http://www.buckinghamshireadvertiser.co.uk/south-buckinghamshire-news/local-buckinghamshire-advertiser-news/2013/06/06/devoted-rosie-helps-suffers-blossom-through-music-therapy-82398-33433626/.
Alongside the core music therapy service Rosie has built up, she is also
joining Music as Therapy International and Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust to
develop and deliver an Interactive Music-Making course for early years
practitioners in Buckinghamshire in January 2014. More information on the
course can be found atwww.interactivemusicmaking.org
New Academic Health Science Networks
NHS England has confirmed the designation of 15 new Academic Health Science
Networks (AHSNs).AHSNs have the potential to transform health and healthcare by
putting innovation at the heart of the NHS. This will improve patient outcomes
as well as contributing to economic growth.
AHSNs present a unique opportunity to pull together the adoption and
spread of innovation with clinical research and trials, informatics, education,
and healthcare delivery. They will develop solutions to healthcare problems and
get existing solutions spread more quickly by building strong relationships
with their regional scientific and academic communities and industry.Read more
at : http://www.england.nhs.uk/2013/05/23/acc-health-sci-ntwrk/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NHSCBoard+%28NHS+England%29
NIHR / HEE Clinical Lectureships and
Senior Clinical Lectureships for nurses, midwives and AHPs - Round 4 launched
NIHR TCC launched Round 4 of the NIHR / HEE CAT Clinical Lectureship
scheme and Senior Clinical Lectureship scheme on the 2nd May 2013. Applications
for funding from either scheme must be received by 31st July 2013. It is
anticipated that Round 5 of the NIHR / HEE CAT Clinical Doctoral Research
Fellowship scheme will launch in January 2014. Details at
Advancing Healthcare Awards 2013
Congratulations to Alexia Quinn and Sarah Hadley, who were runners up in
the Advancing Healthcare Awards 2013 with
their project 'Interactive Music Making for practice - working with
the under 5s'.
BBC News Ireland -Healing power of
music in battle against addiction
Belting out a ballad may hold the key to beating alcohol and drug
And the healing power of music has already struck a chord in a big way
for one group on the way to recovery. Getting 80 people being treated at the
Cuan Mhuire centre in Newry, County Down, to sing was preaching to the choir.
Visit this page to read more - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-22352918
Department of Health signs important
memorandum of understanding with the Health and Care Professions Council
The Department of Health has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU)
with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) on 23 April 2013. The
Minister for Health David Anderson MHK and the Chair of the HCPC, Anna van der
Gaag, have co-signed the agreement to strengthen and endorse the excellent
working relationship between the Department and the HCPC, in the regulation of
health and care professionals, and protection of patients and service users.
Minister for Health, David Anderson MHK said: “The Department is extremely
pleased to welcome Anna van der Gaag and other representatives from the Health
and Care Professions Council to the Island. The joint signing of the memorandum
of understanding builds on the good relationship between the Department of
Health and the HCPC that has been established by working together to improve
professional practice and regulation here on the Island. The future work
between the Department and HCPC will continue to ensure that patients and
service users are protected at all times by the effective regulation of
professionals across health and care settings in the Isle of Man.”
Anna Van Der Gaag, Chair of the HCPC said: “We are pleased to sign the MOU with
the Department of Health in the Isle of Man. This MOU recognises the on-going
working relationship we have with the Department and will allow for collaborative
working and the smooth exchange of information on the regulation and the
registration of HCPC registrants and ultimately ensure that service users
continue to be protected.”
By law, in order to practice, most health and care professionals must register
with a regulatory body. The Health and Care Professions Council is the
statutory regulator in the UK of 16 health and care professions, including
podiatrists, dieticians, radiographers, psychologists and physiotherapists. The
aims of the HCPC are to protect the public who are accessing the services of
its registrants, including investigation of their fitness to practise. In line
with legislation, both here and in the UK, a person may only practice using a
protected title such as those mentioned, if they are registered with the HCPC.
The signing of the agreement was a catalyst for the HCPC to hold a “Meet the
HCPC” event over two sessions in the afternoon and evening of Tuesday 23 April
2013. These took place at Keyll Darree with over 100 professionals from across
health and care settings attending.
The Chair of the HCPC, Anna Van Der Gaag, Marc Seale, Chief Executive and
Registrar along with Michael Guthrie, Director of Policy and Standards
presented each session, covering a wide range topics such as Continuing
Professional Development (CPD), standards and fitness to practise. An open
forum for questions and answers to the presenters followed each session,
producing constructive discussion.
Improving Workforce Planning for the
Psychological Therapies Workforce
The Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWi) has launched the document
"Improving Workforce Planning for the Psychological Therapies
Workforce" on 9th April 2013. Visit this link to view the reports.
Putting Patients First - Government
publishes response to Francis Report
The quality of patient care will be put at the heart of the NHS in an
overhaul of the health and care system in response to the Francis Inquiry.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced today how a culture of compassion will
be a key marker of success, spelling an end to the distorting impact of targets
and box ticking which led to the failings at Stafford Hospital.
Visit this page to read the full
New Music Education Organisation
On 7th February 2013 the Federation of Music Services (FMS) and the
National Association of Music Educators (NAME) announced that they have
created The UK Association for Music Education – Music Mark, a
single organisation to promote a joined-up approach across all sectors of music
education. The organisation was officially launched on 19th March 2013.
Health Professionals commit to
unprecedented action to reduce health inequalities
Health Professionals from a wide range of royal colleges and professional
organisations have joined forces to improve patients‘ health and reduce health
inequalities by considering patients’ social and economic circumstances as well
as their medical history . This unprecedented commitment to act by more than 20
health organisations could save the NHS well in excess of 5.5 billion every
The action, which includes making ‘social’ referrals more important , is
detailed in a landmark report “Working for Health Equity: The Role of Health
Professionals’. The Report was launched at a global conference at BMA House in
London on Monday, 18th March. (Please download the full article & the
report from “Downloads” section)
Centre for Work Force Intelligence -
Making the most of Allied Health Professionals
Allied health professionals (AHPs) are a diverse group of professionals
who deliver high - quality care across wide range of health and social care
pathways and in a variety of different settings – from people’s own homes to
The Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI) convened an AHP thought
leadership group to engage a community of individuals with a shared interest in
workforce issues in the provision of AHP services. As a key output of the
group, a report was produced. This report is available to download from the “Downloads”
section in this page.
Consultation on legislation on
Department of Health, on behalf of the four UK Health departments has
today launched a consultation on legislation that would mean all regulated
healthcare professionals have to hold indemnity or insurance to practise. The
UK wide consultation will run from 22 February to 17 May 2013 on draft
regulations on the requirement for all regulated healthcare professionals to
hold an insurance or indemnity arrangement as a condition of their registration
with the relevant regulatory body.
The vast majority of regulated healthcare professionals are in receipt
of cover by virtue of their employer’s liability, or via a professional body
which offers an indemnity arrangement as a benefit of membership.
It will be for individual healthcare professionals to assure themselves
that appropriate cover is in place for all the work they undertake. Unless
healthcare professionals can demonstrate that such arrangements are in place
they will be unable to be registered as a healthcare professional and so be
unable to practise.
The consultation and supporting documents can be found at:
HCPC publishes revised Standards of
The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has today published new
revised standards of proficiency for four professions: arts therapists,
dietitians, occupational therapists, and orthoptists. These standards will be
effective from Friday 1 March 2013.
The standards of proficiency are the standards we consider necessary for
professionals to be able to practise their profession safely and effectively.
They set out what a professional should know, understand and be able to do when
they complete their training so that they can register with the HCPC. Once on
the register, professionals must continue to meet the standards relevant to
their scope of practice.
We review our standards of proficiency regularly to look at how they are
working and to make sure they are up to date and relevant to the professions we
regulate. We undertook this review with input from all relevant professional
bodies and by consulting with a range of stakeholders.
Michael Guthrie, Director of Policy and Standards commented:
“As a result of the review process, we have revised the generic
standards of proficiency to 15 standards that apply to all professions and
updated the standards that apply to individual professions. We have done this
so that we can retain those standards which all the professions share, whilst
increasing our flexibility to include detailed standards which are specific to
The changes we have made to the profession-specific standards are to
ensure that they reflect developments in education and current practice and
include language that better reflects the requirements of each profession.”
Florence Nightingale Foundation
2013-14 Scholarships now OPEN
The Florence Nightingale Foundation raises funds to provide scholarships
for Nurses, Midwives and AHPs to enable them, through study, to promote
innovation in practice and to extend knowledge and skills to meet changing
Last year the Florence Nightingale Foundation awarded a large number of
Scholarships. It was a successful year and they have the funds available for
2013-14 to continue this achievement. This is your chance to better both
the nursing profession and yourself, with the ultimate aim of improving
strong>Leadership Scholarships of up to £15,000 are
available for those who want to become leaders with the skills and
self-confidence to contribute positively and with some significance to the
rapidly changing world of healthcare.
Research Scholarships of up to £5,000 are available for scholars to
undertake a course in research methods, research modules or a
dissertation/thesis as part of an academic course of study. All of these
must be able to demonstrate impact on patient care and be academically
supervised or supported.
Travel Scholarships of up to £5,000 are a real opportunity to study
practice elsewhere in the UK and/or overseas to enhance patient/user care in
the UK. These scholarships are awarded for projects connected with the
applicant's field of work and which will benefit their patients/users and the
professions more widely.
Research and Travel Scholarships are available to Nurses and Midwives
who have current registration with the NMC and who work and are resident in the
UK. Leadership Scholarships are additionally available to Allied Health
Professionals who have current registration with the HPC and work and are
resident in the UK.
For further details on the criteria for application and how to apply for
a scholarship or on the work of the Foundation, please visit our website www.florence-nightingale-foundation.org.uk or
contact the foundation at:
The Florence Nightingale Foundation, 34 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W
Tel: 020 7730 3030
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& Research) firstname.lastname@example.org (Leadership)
Safeguarding training for Music
With Safeguarding expert, Systemic Psychotherapist and Music Therapist
Saturday 27th April 10.00-17.00
@BAMT HQ Main hall - Lunch provided
Safeguarding and child protection is a challenging and important part of
our role as Music Therapists. As specialists working at an intimate level with
our clients we require high quality training. Local and NHS courses are often
excellent but generalised for a wide group of professionals. This course aims
to build on prior training and skills to develop further confidence to deal
with the demanding or complex scenarios in our every day work as Music
This training is at level 4 (LSCB / LSAB approved) and aimed at Music
Therapists who already have some training and experience in this area. It
is suitable for those working with children or vulnerable adults and will
workshop complex and challenging case scenarios.
As part of the day Penny will provide a grounding in systemic thinking
as an approach to thinking about safeguarding.
CONTACT INFORMATION Kate Jones - email@example.com
PhD studentship in Collaboration with
the Royal College of Music
The Listening Experience Database Project Open University -Faculty of
Arts One full-time, three-year PhD studentship available from 1 October 2013
The Listening Experience Database is an AHRC-funded project led by Professor
David Rowland at The Open University in collaboration with the Royal College of
Music. The main purpose of the project is to design and develop a database
which will capture evidence of essentially private and personal experiences of
listening to music. The project is not restricted by period, culture or musical
type. For more information, visit the project website at www.open.ac.uk/arts/LED.
Proposals are sought for a PhD project that will draw on and contribute
to the accumulating evidence of the database. It is anticipated that you will
work on The Open University’s extensive electronic resources as well as the
collections of the Royal College of Music, and you may also elect to
investigate the collections of other institutions such as the British Library.
Depending on the your proposal, the studentship may be based either in London
or in Milton Keynes. Alternatives to the traditional PhD thesis as the end
product of the studentship may be considered.
Further details of research in the Faculty of Arts and Music Department
at The Open University can be found
athttp://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/research/index.shtml. This opportunity is not
restricted to music graduates.
For details and instructions on how to apply, go to http://www.open.ac.uk/employment and
see The Open University’s Research Degrees Prospectus: http://www.open.ac.uk/research/research-degrees/overview.php.
For academic inquiries, contact Dr Helen Barlow (Helen.firstname.lastname@example.org).
For advice on applying, contact the Research Degrees Team (email@example.com or
Closing date for applications: 31 March 2013 It is anticipated that
interviews will be held in late April 2013 Equal Opportunity is University
AHRC Doctoral Studentship (PhD)
Open University -Music
THE OPEN UNIVERSITY & THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SCOTLAND As part of an
exciting partnership between the National Library of Scotland and The Open
University, we are able to offer a three-year, full-time funded AHRC
studentship for doctoral work in Music (to commence October 2013). You will
join a community of doctoral students in the Music Department at The Open
University but will be based primarily in Edinburgh and will work closely with
National Library of Scotland staff and collections.
Proposals will be accepted for any project seeking to utilise the
National Library of Scotland’s music collections. As well as strengths in all
aspects of Scottish music, the Library has internationally significant holdings
relating to Handel, Verdi and Berlioz. The Library also houses an extensive
archive of unexplored sound recordings in a variety of formats.
For advice prior to a formal application, please contact Dr Elaine
or Ms Almut Boehme (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Head of Music at the National Library of Scotland.
Please note that this studentship is subject to the eligibility
regulations for AHRC awards: Guide to Student Funding
Closing date for applications: 31 March 2013 Interviews anticipated: week
commencing 22 April 2013 Equal Opportunity is University Policy.
Arts and Humanities Studentships
Open University -Faculty of Arts
Full-time, three-year PhD studentships available from 1 October 2013
Based in Milton Keynes The Faculty of Arts at The Open University is home to
world-class scholars and research groups in the fields of Art History,
Classical Studies, English, History, Music, Philosophy, and Religious Studies.
We have funding to support 2 full-time PhD studentships to commence 1 October
2013. Studentships provide a stipend linked to the research council level (in
2012/13 this is £13,590 per annum), and cover tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.
Students have an additional fund for research expenses of £1,000 per annum. You
will have at least an upper second class honours in your undergraduate degree
and will have completed (or will complete by September 2013) a relevant
Master’s degree. Applications are welcome across the full range of subject
areas within the Faculty, although priority may be given to applications which
link to existing research strengths.
For further details of research across the departments of the Arts
Faculty , including potential supervisors,
For a copy of The Open University’s Research Degrees Prospectus, seehttp://www.open.ac.uk/research/research-degrees/overview.php
For essential detailed information and instructions on how to apply go
For advice on the applications procedure, contact the Research Degrees Team (email@example.com 01908
The closing date for applications is 31 March 2013.
Equal Opportunity is University Policy.
MSc in Digital Healthcare
Please find attached a flyer (right hand side of this page) with details
of a new MSc in Digital Healthcare at the Institute of Digital Healthcare part
of WMG at the University of Warwick. This is a unique flexible Masters
programme for October 2013.
The course will be suitable for anyone considering a career in the
health service or industry focusing on innovative care pathways based on modern
information & communications technology. It can be taken as a full or part
time course or as occasional one week modules to achieve a Post Graduate Award
or Post Graduate Certificate over time.
For more information and how to apply please visitwww2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/wmg/idh/study/mastersprogramme or
Pauline Etkin to receive BAMT
Lifetime Achievement Award
Pauline Etkin, retiring CEO of the music therapy charity Nordoff
Robbins, is to receive a BAMT Lifetime Achievement Award for
her outstanding contribution to the music therapy profession.
Ms Etkin has been active as a music therapist, writer and educator over
the last 30 years, and for the last twenty-two years has led the development of
Nordoff Robbins, the UKs largest music therapy charity and independent service
provider. Nordoff Robbins represents a major tradition of music therapy
practice worldwide and is known and respected both within and beyond the
profession for its work.
Alongside this she has given her skills and energy to promoting the UK
music therapy profession as a whole, including working extensively with the
CPSM (now the Health and Care Professions Council), the profession’s Training
and Education Committee, and advising music therapy organisations, including
BAMT and its predecessors. She is held in great affection and esteem by
colleagues in the UK and abroad and was made an OBE earlier this year for her
services to the music therapy profession.
The BAMT award will be presented at an event at the Nordoff Robbins
London Centre in March.
The BAMT Lifetime Achievement Award is an occasional award to recognise
individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to music
therapy, whether through practice, research, teaching or professional
engagement. Previous recipients include Professor Tony Wigram (2011).