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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

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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).