What we do
Performing Medicine is an award-winning Clod Ensemble programme for health professionals and medical students. We create supportive and transformative environments where participants rehearse the skills and behaviours necessary to thrive as health professionals. Courses are delivered by a team of leading artists using ideas and techniques from the performing and visual arts. Over the last 17 years we have worked with Higher Education institutions and NHS Trusts across the UK. We undertake ongoing evaluation of our courses, having commissioned independent evaluations of our work, and have published qualitative analyses of student feedback, which have shown the benefits of arts-based approaches in the areas of self-care, non-verbal communication, reflective practice, as well as appreciation of patients’ experiences. In the academic year 2016–17, we surveyed over 800 participants on our courses, of whom 97% would recommend the session to colleagues or peers, and 99% reported that the session had improved their communication skills. All our work is rooted in research and we continue to explore the theoretical principles underpinning arts-based approaches and build the evidence base for this area. Performing Medicine aims to equip healthcare professionals with tools to improve their practice and achieve the quality of care that we all aspire to. We want to create more dialogue and understanding across disciplines, communities and cultures, of the powerful role of the arts in healthcare education.