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03 April 2017
Pioneering company wins major UK award for fresh approach to putting the arts therapies on the map
Jo Godsal, dramatherapist and clinical services manager and Daniel Thomas, managing director and music therapist at Chroma Arts Therapies have won a major UK award for their pioneering work to focus the attention of health service commissioners on the work of arts therapists.

They are the winners of the Chamberlain Dunn Learning award for entrepreneurship, part of the prestigious Advancing Healthcare awards programme. The judges commented: ‘They completely bowled us over by the way they have ensured that the services of arts therapists continue to be provided in a commissioning-dominated world. Their organisational and business model gives a powerful voice to clients and therapists and makes it so much easier for commissioners to buy services from arts therapists.’

Jo and Daniel set up Chroma in Oct 2013 with the mission to make arts therapy provision work in a corporate world, while retaining a clinically-led ethos of best practice. For therapists they provide an environment in which they can focus on clinical need. For commissioners, they provide excellent therapists working towards clearly articulated and monitored outcomes.
Chroma has grown in three years from a handful of therapists to team of more than 50 associate therapists backed up by a board of directors and senior leadership team who are practising therapists and experts in the fields of commissioning, delivery and financial control.

Joy Shepherd, manager of Chamberlain Dunn Learning, comments: ‘This award attracted many excellent entries which show the incredible creativity and energy among AHPs and healthcare scientists. Congratulations to Chroma for their achievement in helping to put arts therapies on the map.’

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