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July 2014

Honour for long-serving music therapist

Impact of Professor Oldfield’s 34-year career is recognised by international body
An academic from Anglia Ruskin University has become the first ever recipient of the World Federation of Music Therapy's Clinical Impact Award.
Amelia Oldfield, Professor of Music Therapy, was presented with the honour during the opening ceremony of the 14th World Congress of Music Therapy earlier this month.
The conference, held in Krems, Austria, was attended by over 1,000 music therapists and students from 46 different countries, and Professor Oldfield received the award for her “long-term impact on advancing the knowledge and practice of music therapy”.
Professor Oldfield has worked continuously as a clinical music therapist for the past 34 years and helped to set up the world-leading Masters in Music Therapy at Anglia Ruskin in 1994.
In addition to her role at Anglia Ruskin, Professor Oldfield works three days a week at the Croft Child and Family Unit, which is part of the Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.  As a member of the multi-disciplinary team, she assesses and treats young children with a wide range of developmental and emotional difficulties, and will often work jointly with the children and their families.
Professor Oldfield said: “Improvising live music on the clarinet, the piano, voice or percussion to enable children and families to interact and communicate, and perhaps to gain confidence or to begin to feel better about themselves, is an unbelievably rewarding and fulfilling experience.
“I have also conducted four music therapy research investigations, have written and edited books, produced training videos, and thoroughly enjoy my role teaching the next generation of music therapists on the MA course at Anglia Ruskin.
“All these activities have been exciting and stimulating, but the clinical work remains at the core of everything I do, and a week doesn’t go by without me coming out of a music therapy session, once again elated and enthused by how much can be achieved through interactive live music making.”

BAMT becomes a National Member of the Dementia Action Alliance

The British Association for Music Therapy has made a public pledge to help transform the quality of life for people with dementia and their families and carers by becoming a National Member of the Dementia Action Alliance. Alongside other organisations such as Age UK, Department of Health, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, the College of Occupational Therapists, and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, BAMT is committed to supporting those with dementia and those that care for them. With over 800,000 people currently living with dementia in the UK, this number is predicted to reach over one million by 2025. 

To read the full press release, please see the download.

HCPC registrants now require professional indemnity arrangements

All Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registrants except social workers in England* must now have appropriate professional indemnity arrangements in place as a condition of registration.

Michael Guthrie, Director of Policy and Standards, commented:

“The majority of our registrants will already meet these requirements because they will be indemnified either through their employer, a professional body, union or defence organisation, directly with an insurer, or a combination of these.

“However, it is important that registrants ensure that they have cover in place that is appropriate for their practice. We have produced guidance called Professional indemnity and your registration to help registrants understand the new requirement, which can be downloaded from our website.”

In the future, the HCPC will ask registrants to confirm they meet the requirement by completing a professional declaration when renewing or registering. However, this will not happen until the necessary amendments to the HCPC’s Rules have been made. The HCPC will continue to update on the progress of these.


Listen out for MHA's Music Therapy fund Radio 4 Appeal with Pam Rhodes - Sunday 6 July

MHA's Music Therapy fund will get an airing on Sunday 6 July when Songs of Praise presenter Pam Rhodes delivers the Radio 4 Appeal for the charity. 

Pam, who is a Patron of MHA, will appeal to listeners to make a donation to MHA's Music Therapy Appeal, supporting the provision of the therapy to people with dementia. 

She will share the story of Dorothy Cartledge, a resident of MHA's Maple Leaf House care home in Ripley, Derbyshire. Dorothy has dementia, but continues to find joy, creativity, and self-expression through the interactive psychological therapy. 

Pam said , "Music seems to unlock not just the memory, but also the personality. Sometimes when people have dementia, those signs of personality seem to have disappeared in the frail frame we can see, but the precious person inside is still there and MHA recognises this."

Recipients of music therapy do more than simply listen to music. They are encouraged and support to participate in live interactive music making. No previous musical experience or skill is necessary! Music therapy is for all!

Listeners of the Appeal will hear Dorothy during a one-to-one session, singing 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' with the support of her music therapist, Chris Wilson. 

Her daughter, Carolien Daybell said, "I think music therapy really helps her mood. It's a way of helping her to express her emotions. I'd love for everyone who has dementia to benefit from music therapy like my mother has."

Chris added, "Music therapy is empowering. It brings people with dementia into the here and now, even when words aren't possible."

The Appeal will air on Sunday 6 July on BBC Radio 4 at 7.55am and 9.26pm, then again on Thursday 10 July at 3.27pm.

For more information about music therapy and making a donation, please click here

Music Therapy Research Steps onto World Stage - June 2014

London will become the centre of international music therapy research this week at the inaugural meeting of MANDARI, a pioneering research collaboration for Music and the Neuro-Developmentally At-Risk Infant.

Leading music therapists and neuro-scientists from around the world will meet with composers, parents and other stakeholders at Goldsmiths University of London to develop a music therapy research agenda for fragile infants.

MANDARI has been established by a small group of neo-natal intensive care specialists headed by Australian music therapy researcher and clinician, Dr Helen Shoemark.

Dr Shoemark, from Australia’s world-renowned Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) in Melbourne, has created MANDARI over the past year with a core group of British and American collaborators.

MANDARI Core Group members include neuro-scientist Dr Lauren Stewart from Goldsmiths, researcher and clinician Dr Deanna Hanson-Abromeit from the University of Kansas, and leading British music therapy researchers.

Dr Shoemark said music was used with babies in neo-natal intensive care units (NICUs) as a multisensory tool to trigger the senses of hearing, feeling, balance and movement.

"Music can support development outcomes such as self-regulation, feeding and transitions from the sleep to wake cycle," she said.

"MANDARI combines these clinical applications of music therapy with the latest research in the area to help give a better start in life to our most fragile little citizens.

"British music therapy is building a research agenda on long clinical experience, while Europe, Australia and the USA

lead the global research into music therapy for fragile infants.

"The UK is the ideal place to bring together the world’s foremost researchers and clinicians to create powerful international research collaborations."

MANDARI will include a professional development seminar to outline the latest research-based clinical music therapy practices for fragile hospitalised infants, while the workshop will set future research priorities.

MANDARI interviews:

Dr Helen Shoemark & Dr Lauren Stewart

020 7919 7195 0044 7545 173 755

Media contact:

Grace Watts

British Association for Music Therapy 020 7837 6100


Exciting Research findings into the Beneficial Effect of Music Therapy on the Health and Care of People with Dementia

Methodist Homes (MHA) in collaboration with Anglia Ruskin University have recently completed a pilot study looking at the impact of music therapy on the health and care of people with dementia. 

The study sought to find out: 

1. Is music therapy an effective intervention for people with dementia in care homes? 
Does music therapy improve a person's wellbeing - mood, alertness and engagement, and does it reduce negative behaviours such as agitation, depression, anxiety and aggression?

2. Can the therapy also have an impact outside the sessions on the quality of care provided? 
Does the therapy help staff to engage with residents, and influence their perception of residents' negative behaviours? 

Conducted over seven months in two MHA care homes, the study has found that quite dramatically music therapy had a beneficial effect on the symptoms of dementia both during the therapy and afterwards, as well as having an impact on the quality of care provided with staff feeling more informed, skilled and motivated. 

The study was also successful in its aim to test the methodology that could be used in a large-scale clinical trial. It has also demonstrated that future research using the techniques employed in this study, with a larger sample of participants over a longer period is now shown to be feasible and needed. 

To read the full executive summary of the study please download the link on the right hand side of this page. 

For more information about the study, please see the MHA website

This draft summary is intended for review and comments only. It is not intended for citation, quotation, or other use in any form. 

Dementia Awareness Week 2014, 19th - 25th May 

It's National Dementia Awareness Week - Don't bottle it up

If you're worried that you, or someone close to you, may have dementia, it can be difficult to talk about it. 

Music therapy can play a valuable role in supporting people with dementia and those around them. These wonderful and moving accounts describe how music therapy can make a difference for those living with dementia. 

Thank you to James for giving his permission for this article and video to be shared and thanks also to Morag. If you would like to contact Pemma Spencer Chapman (music therapist) about her work you can email her by clicking here

Watch James find his voice at:

‘Where words fail, music speaks.’ Hans Christian Anderson

A music therapist reflects on her work with people living with dementia

Pemma Spencer Chapman 2013

‘I’m playing this the way I am. I can’t use the word ‘magic’ but it (the music) has a moving tone that is like part of me and talking to me.’

James (not his real name) was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in his mid-fifties and soon had to give up the work he loved. Now in his late fifties he would lie in bed at home after his wife had gone to work until a carer or support worker came to help him. He didn’t have insight into his illness.

When James was first brought into the music therapy room, I pointed out the range of tuned and untuned percussion instruments in the room and asked if he felt drawn to try any of them. He dismissed the drum and cymbal saying he would never play anything loud as he was a gentle person who didn’t get upset by things in life. He then picked up the small lyre and stood gently sounding the strings. After listening for a while I played a gentle, low repeating pattern on the guitar to support and give a musical ‘container’ to his sounds. 

As he played James reflected on what he was experiencing. He said the music made him think of his grandmother and mother. It made him feel alive. He spoke the words quoted above, that the music seemed to be part of him and talking to him. He brushed away tears. He kept repeating that he was a gentle person, never angry, accepting life as it came, and then he spoke of the hole he felt where his work used to be.

For James the music was putting him in touch with his feelings of distress (even while he denied them verbally), and with his need for comfort. The sound of the lyre held close to his heart, the low, supporting guitar music and my presence as listener, brought up memories of strong early attachment figures, his grandmother and mother. He couldn’t acknowledge the anger and pain he found the courage to explore in later sessions, but in this first session, he found comfort. 

One role of the music in music therapy is to help people get in touch with their feelings. Music can by-pass our defences. 

Music also offers huge scope for expressing emotions. Humans are innately musical beings. A music therapist finds the musical potential that people have and harnesses it to the task of addressing their difficulties. Where one person may have a strong sense of rhythm, another may have a great sense of melody; where one has good motor skills useful for playing instruments another may love to use their voice. The music used might be well known, (one client’s needs were met through using songs from musicals), or it may be improvised, as with James.

Musical improvisation in response to a client is core to the role of the therapist and is one of the main skills a student music therapist must develop. The relationship between client and therapist often includes a point where the therapist improvises in response to the client. To take one extreme, if a client was in a coma, the therapist would take the only musical element the person was exhibiting, the tempo of the rise and fall of their chest as they breathed. The therapist would improvise music using that tempo in the hope that at some level the person would become aware of something outside themselves that was tuning in to them. In contrast, a client may pick up a drum stick and beat a drum, to which the therapist responds musically. In James’s case it was the lyre. 

But music, while being an emotional experience, is also a language with ‘grammatical’ components. Beats, patterns, phrases, harmonies, all can be analysed and cognitively known. And this structured, language element can help shape and organise the sounds a client makes into music. The language of music continues to makes sense to most people who have serious cognitive impairment and they can engage and interact with it; it isn’t just noise. 

‘I wanted to do more!’

Morag (not her real name) was in her early sixties and like James, her illness had started in her early fifties (‘early onset’ dementia). She now lived in a care home for people with advanced dementia. 

Despite suffering abuse in her early life from her father and later from her first husband, Morag had raised a family and finally made a happy marriage in her middle age. Her daughters were devoted to her and visited regularly as did her husband.

Morag was dependent for all care. She only had movement in one arm, and the ability to turn her head a little. She couldn’t feed herself or direct any purposeful movements. Her speech was limited to occasional short words like yes or no. She hardly ever made eye contact. 

Staff had a problem because for part of each day Morag emitted loud cries and didn’t respond to their efforts to calm her. These were so distressing to other residents that they were forced to put her in an empty room away from others at these times. When I first heard the cries my instinctive thought was that I must go and pick up the baby.

The music therapy sessions
In sessions I improvised on the piano using the same pitch and length of phrase that Morag used for her cries. I was trying to let her know she was being heard and also offering a musical shape and form to embrace and partner her sounds. After a few sessions I thought that Morag was responding to my music. She seemed to anticipate where the pitch was leading and her next cry would start on that note. The quality of the cry was becoming slightly more song-like. It made me think of the early twentieth century German term ‘sprechstimme’, describing an experimental way of half singing, half speaking. 

Was Morag aware of the musical relationship or were her increasingly interactive and song-like sounds purely evoked by the music itself, like foot tapping often is? 
In the next session, (session nine), Morag’s music was even more interactive. We went on beyond the half-hour allotted to the session and eventually I decided I should bring the session to an end. Turning to Morag I put a hand on her rug covered knee and told her it had been wonderful. After a moment she gave a choked little cry and then, in a strange speech-song voice I heard the clear words, ‘I wanted to do more!’ I was so surprised and moved that I immediately said we could continue and the minute my hands sounded the keys she launched back into the music.

Morag’s words of protest probably referred as much to her life as a whole as to the music making but perhaps it did make her feel alive and so was symbolic of her life. But I had my answer. She was aware! Music had provided Morag with a language that made sense to her and through which her cries, her only source of self-expression could find ‘stability, organisation and focus’ (Sachs, 2007) in a creative partnership. 

Music speaks for us, to us and through us. It puts us in touch with our emotions, gives us a means of self-expression through both improvised and previously known music, and offers a language our brains, even when damaged, can in most cases make sense of and use to interact with another person. 
Music fires the connections in our brains. Many clients are more articulate verbally after making music. The reasons may be complex, but referring back to the Hans Christian Anderson quote, ‘When words fail, music speaks,’ it is encouraging to think that the reverse may be true –‘after music has spoken, words flow’. 

This article was originally published in the Oxford Psychotherapy Society Bulletin 2013 
Nordoff P, Robbins C (1971) Therapy in Music for Handicapped Children: Gollancz
Stern D. (1977) The First Relationship: London, Open Books
Schore A. (1994) Affect Regulation and the Origin of the Self: The Neuro-Biology of Emotional Development: Laurence Erlbaum Assoc. Inc.
Sachs O. (2007) Musicophilia: Knopf Publishing Group 

Do you know how to get in touch with your local music therapist? 

Contact us at BAMT or click Find a Therapist 

For more information about the campaign please visit Dementia Awareness week 

May 2014

Hold a public conversation with your MP on the significance of sound and music to the wellbeing of our private and social lives

Sussex Symphony Orchestra interviews Brighton MP Caroline Lucas May 24th Hove Town Hall, Brighton, UK 7.30pm

This event will follow the format of an interview in which orchestral pieces are woven into a discussion with the UK's only Green Party member of parliament, Caroline Lucas.

Caroline Lucas reflects on the significance of music and sound in her own life as well as its importance to the wellbeing of local communities and society at large. She will share her reflections on sound and music in relation to politics, food and the environment amongst others.

What pressing and pertinent question do you think your MP should be asked in relation to Sound and Music ?Please forward your question to<

Tickets :

Twitter @ssomusic

Academic Programme Leader Performance and Visual Art Music and Visual Art Faculty of Arts Grand Parade University of Brighton BN2 0JY Tel: 01273 643205

 BAMT egg shakers playing a role in the 'Sounds of Palestine' project

Some of you may have noticed Liz Coombes Music Therapist and MA Music Therapy Course Leader collecting BAMT eggs at our conference in February.  Liz was intending to distribute these as gifts to music workshop trainees in Palestine as she was giving some training input for Musicians Without Borders in April.  Liz also offered supervision for workshop leaders on the project "Sounds of Palestine". Based on the El Sistema project in Venezuela, therapeutic music groups for kindergarten and Grade 1 children, and instrumental lessons in violin, cello, arabic drumming and singing are provided twice weekly in two refugee camps near Bethlehem.  When Liz realised that lack of musical instruments was a real issue, she decided to give the eggs to this project so the children could use them.

As soon as the kids saw the eggs, they all wanted the same, so it was great that she had around 25 eggs!  The workshop leader improvised a game where the social worker who assists in sessions collected the eggs, and they had to be given back very, very quietly so as not to wake the egg thief!  Liz was incredibly moved by the impact of these workshops and lessons.  You can follow Sounds of Palestine on Facebook.  If you would like to find out more, or donate instruments/skills, please contact Fabienne Van Eck, project leader. 

March 2014

New Big Lottery social investment fund

BIG Potential is a new £10m grant fund designed to help small community organisations to find social investment to support their activity. Along with a grant programme, there will be toolkits and training for organisations in the principles of social investment. The scheme is designed to help voluntary and community organisations build the business case as to be able to approach investors.

Community Investment Fund

A new £20m fund has been established to support community based, locally led organisations which are providing essential support and services to improve the wellbeing of local residents. The Fund aims to improve the quality of life of local individuals, particularly those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged, and to enhance community engagement and cohesion by empowering people to develop locally-determined solutions to challenges and opportunities. To be eligible, organisations must be a community led social sector organisation with a neighbourhood focus based in England with a plan for activity and strong governance and financial plans.

November 2013

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 awards



You can 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:

October 2013


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.

Congratulations 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.

September 2013


Music Research Consortium UK  - Press Release

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 international research.

 ‘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 Convener, MRC-UK).


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 custodial settings.

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.



August 2013


Music Therapy Adrian Snell, Music Therapist

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 .


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.



July 2013


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 2014.

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.


June 2013


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 :

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


New Academic Health Science Networks announced

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 :


May 2013


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 addiction.

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 -


April 2013


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.


March 2013


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 article:

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 year.

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 hospitals.

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.


February 2013


Consultation on legislation on Indemnity Insurance

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 Proficiency

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 each profession.

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 needs.

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 clinical care.

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 or contact the foundation at:

The Florence Nightingale Foundation, 34 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0DH

Tel: 020 7730 3030

Email: (Travel & Research) (Leadership)

Safeguarding training for Music Therapists

With Safeguarding expert, Systemic Psychotherapist and Music Therapist Penny Rogers

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 Therapists.

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.

Cost £50

CONTACT INFORMATION                 Kate Jones -



PhD Studentships

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

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 at This opportunity is not restricted to music graduates.

For details and instructions on how to apply, go to and see The Open University’s Research Degrees Prospectus: For academic inquiries, contact Dr Helen Barlow ( For advice on applying, contact the Research Degrees Team ( or 01908 653806).

Closing date for applications: 31 March 2013 It is anticipated that interviews will be held in late April 2013 Equal Opportunity is University Policy.


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 Moohan ( or Ms Almut Boehme (, 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, see

For a copy of The Open University’s Research Degrees Prospectus, see

For essential detailed information and instructions on how to apply go to For advice on the applications procedure, contact the Research Degrees Team ( 01908 653806).

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 or email


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).



January 2013

Grant helps raise awareness for innovative software at the Nordic Music Therapy Congress

As part of his MSc dissertation project, Gregory Hanford has developed software that assists with MIDI keyboard playing. The software entitled "MidiHelper" is primarily catering for people with profound physical disabilities and this research was asked to be presented at the recent Nordic Music Therapy Congress in June this year.  This was only achievable by application to the Student Small Grant Scheme and as a result the software has gained recognition as a potential aid for clients and therapists in music making in general.

The software is freely available for music therapists and members of the public at Gregory's website, Gregory hopes to raise awareness of the product in the hope that it gives empowerment to people who have physical disabilities and facilitate a more immersive musical experience.

Donation to Fund Music Therapy

Cornwall Music Therapy Trust has raised £20,000 to provide treatment for adults and children with a range of health and learning problems.

The cheque was presented by Angela Alderman, chairman of Cornwall Music Therapy Trust, to Councillor Neil Burden, Cornwall Council Cabinet member for children's services, on behalf of Music Therapy Cornwall, the nationally recognised team of therapists.

The presentation was made at Heartlands, where music therapists described their work and demonstrated some of the instruments they use.

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