Creative Workshops

The project is running a series of creative workshops for academics, public(s) and healthcare professionals. In reverse date order, the workshops are listed below; there is also a summary of each workshop and some of its creative outputs below.

 

CREATIVE WORKSHOPS WITH GREAT ORMOND STREET HOSPITAL (GOSH) YOUNG PERSONS’ ADVISORY GROUP FOR RESEARCH (YPAG), March 2021 – present

We currently work in partnership with GOSH YPAG to help develop our creative research methods. At development workshops GOSH YPAG members take part in creative workshops and explore how the creative activity could be developed. In preparation for taking part in a workshop each young person receives a carefully curated pack of materials, we then host the workshops online and participate in the activity together. Earlier this year we worked with five GOSH YPAG members and the GOSH Research Play Specialist to develop a collage activity designed to explore how our dream hospitals may make us feel. In October 2021 we worked with twelve GOSH YPAG members in a clay workshop to explore touch in our dream hospital environments. The clay forms created by GOSH YPAG members will inspire a series of clay pieces that will be used to help us carry out our research.

One YPAG member recently shared her reflections on participating in the sessions:

“Being a member of YPAG has also taught me that science does not always have to be about chemicals and medicines – sometimes more holistic approaches to research can benefit patients just as much. Designing our dream hospital as part of the YPAG Sensing Spaces workshop showed me how important it is that patients feel safe and comfortable in the hospital environment. This has changed my perspective of science as it has shown me that in healthcare the patient experience is just as important as the treatment they receive, and this is something I will take into my own practice in the future.” 

To facilitate these sessions, we have been working closely with Deirdre Leyden (Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Lead/ GOSH YPAG facilitator) and GOSH Arts. Deirdre Leyden shared the following about our work together:

“The workshops have been so inspiring and moving as they have enabled GOSH YPAG members to speak openly about their lived experiences and contribute to this research in a meaningful way. The workshops have also enabled GOSH YPAG members to meet each other outside of their formal meetings and come together in a safe and creative space.”  

Collaging a Dream Hospital kit

WESTON ARTS & HEALTH WEEK: September 2021

For the week commencing 20th September 2021, our project offered a range of activities for NHS staff as part of Weston Arts & Health week. We provided a ‘Mapping the Hospital’ activity and a clay-based activity for staff to do in their own time. We also ran a session called ‘Hobnob with an Artist’ as an informal chat about our work, and to talk to people who took part in some of our activities.

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LISTENING TO THE HOSPITAL: FREE ONLINE WORKSHOP FOR NHS STAFF, 1 April 2021.

On 1 April 2021, Rebecka Fleetwood-Smith (Research Associate on the team) ran another workshop for NHS staff on the theme of ‘Listening to the Hospital’. During the workshop we explored mark-making techniques and listened to recordings of different parts of the hospital (drawn from the Texture of Air archive). We used the session to think about the spatial and aesthetic qualities of different hospital sounds, and some examples of the ‘marks’ we made can be found below. Similar activities will form part of our research over the next year, so it was wonderful to be able to share our ‘work in progress’ with NHS staff across England and Wales.

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(c) University of Bristol

MAKING SENSE OF HOSPITAL SPACES: POETRY WORKSHOP FOR NHS STAFF, 12 November 2020.

On 12 November 2020 the ‘Sensing Spaces of Healthcare’ team ran a free online poetry workshop with Beth Calverley (Poet in Residence at University Hospitals Bristol & Weston NHS Foundation Trust). We invited NHS staff in all roles, past and present, on a shared creative journey through NHS hospital spaces, with a focus on imagining the sensory future of the hospital. Beth invited us to take part in some simple, illuminating poetry prompts to create some poems of our own.

Some of the participants gave us permission to share what they wrote during the session. The poems are inspired by ‘Children Imagining a Hospital’ by U.A. Fanthorpe, and any names used have been changed:

All poems are (c) the author

Beth Calverley: (c) Amanda Thomas & Oh Magazine
CREATIVE METHODS IN HEALTH RESEARCH: A WORKSHOP. 17 July 2020.

On 17 July 2020 the ‘Sensing Spaces of Healthcare’ team ran a small virtual workshop on creative methods in health research. It was an interdisciplinary workshop, with participants from arts, humanities, medicine, science, social science and more:

The workshop ran in three sections: in the first session we fed back on creative research methods, which we had trialled as part of our preparation; in the second session, four presenters gave 10-minute papers in a webinar; and finally we had a break-out session discussing the benefits, challenges and definitions of creative research methods in relation to health and in healthcare settings.

Camille Aubry scribed the event, and you can see / download her record of the presentations and our discussions below:

(c) Camille Aubry. CC BY NC (this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Licence).

Responses to Creative Tasks

Some of the participants have kindly agreed to share their responses to our research tasks, which we will add below over the coming days.

Rebecka Fleetwood-Smith:  I was drawn to the visual methods in the CP resource pack and really enjoyed the freedom involved in creating the ink blots. The process made me reflect upon the hours I have spent in front of the screen recently and how I miss the variety and spontaneity usually involved in my working week.

(c) Rebecka Fleetwood-Smith

Sarah Joyce:

(c) Sarah Joyce

Ian Robson:

(c) Ian Robson
(c) Ian Robson

Sarah Yardley: I am a clinical academic with research interests in qualitative methods and methodologies, using these along with sociocultural and educational theory to study ‘how things work in the real world’. I am particularly interested in how we use stories to create meaning and understand our experiences, unintended consequences in healthcare interactions, and the need to develop holistic understanding of the human efforts and relational work needed to ‘make things work’ in healthcare. I undertake research in areas such as informal workplace learning, palliative care, psychiatry and patient safety. For more information about some of my current research see: https://www.thisinstitute.cam.ac.uk/about/people/dr-sarah-yardley/. Previous publications can be found here and I can be contacted at sarah.yardley@ucl.ac.uk. The pieces below are a result of personal creative activities focused on the concepts I am currently exploring through my research and reflecting on in my clinical practice. These were undertaken as part of a Sensing Spaces workshop (July 2020).

(c) Sarah Yardley

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