Trauma Brain Injury Unit, Morriston Hospital, Swansea

Chairman’s Awards ABMU 2018 Category

Individuals and teams who have gone above and beyond to develop services and conduct research which improves the lives of patients were recognised at the Chairman’s VIP (Values Into Practice) Awards on Thursday, July 5, at Margam Orangery.

The 11 winners were selected via an ABMU-wide staff vote, having been shortlisted following a record 225 nominations.

Improving Lives Through Arts in Health Award: Arts as a Pathway to Hope Project

Award citation:   Two arts in health practitioners were recruited to work alongside hospital staff at special patient workshops where they explored their environment to create works including making impressions in porcelain clay, printing and book making.      Special scoring was used to measure the improvements in patients’ mood and well-being as the workshops progressed.       As well as pieces created individually by the patients who took part, the project resulted in a leaf-themed trans-illuminated artwork in the activity room in their base at the occupational health offices,  and  echoes in the reception area and corridor.

Sian Hughes and Sarah Jane Richards would like to everyone involved especially the TBIS attending participants; the support and enthusiasm of Carole Saunders, CNS Traumatic Brain Injury Service and the expert guidance and  steering of the project by Heather Parnell, Capital Arts Manager.  Read More

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Artists Sian Hughes and Sarah Jane Richards were commissioned to produce artwork which would provide a coherent identity inside the new site of the Traumatic Brain Injury Service,     re-located within the grounds of Morriston Hospital.

Utilising the important role that art and colour can play, the brief was to create a friendly and positive environment in which to offer support to patients going through the rehabilitation process. In addition the brief was to engage patients creatively in the project.

The artwork we have created incorporates work made by these participants through a series of workshops which engaged them directly in the creative process using cyanotype and porcelain.

Three bespoke light-boxes containing individually back-lit pieces of porcelain made in the workshops forms the focus of the main room.