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Medical Notes at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

A groundbreaking programme of ward-based professional musicians’ residencies and training programmes for music and medical students.

What we do

Medical Notes: Music at the Heart of Life at The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital is a groundbreaking programme of ward-based professional musicians’ residencies and training programmes for music and medical students at The Royal Northern College of Music and The University of Manchester Medical School. The programme is currently funded by Youth Music and supported by research at the University of Salford. Run by LIME Music for Health, a team of specially trained musicians work sensitively in the wards and at the bedside with children, young people, families and staff. We believe that the pathway to recovery is about the whole person,  and that access to interaction with music and musicians, delivered with sincerity, conviction and heart, is a vital element of integrated best practice within healthcare. In addition to the programme’s training partnerships, there are four core strands: Songbirds, which is a tailor-made music programme for children with the most complex healthcare needs; Soundspaces, which focuses on areas of high noise and stress, exploring the role that music plays in alleviating anxiety; Fledgling Residencies, where more junior members of the team are supported in developing their own projects; and Wingbeats, an annual conference, designed to celebrate our work, share an exchange of knowledge and explore current best practice in music for health. Evaluation of the programme by Salford University School of Nursing  and Midwifery found that the musical interaction supported children’s resilience in dealing with hospitalisation, transformed the hospital experience and empowered children and families in hospital.

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