Public bodies that have taken arts to their hearts

Cultural Commissioning Programme update from Jessica Harris, Cultural Commissioning Programme Manager

Public bodies that have taken arts to their hearts
Our two Commissioning Partner pilots have taken huge strides to embed arts and culture at the heart of their planning and delivery of services. As a result of being one of our pilots, NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group is now recruiting a Senior Programme Manager (Social Prescribing & Cultural Commissioning), to play a pivotal role in leading a countywide programme on social prescribing and cultural commissioning. 
Meanwhile Kent County Council, our other pilot, is embedding arts and culture within several of the council’s services. Kent CC recently presented to the Local Government Association’s Leadership Seminar. Read my blog on this.

The Health Benefits of Arts Programmes, First Magazine, Local Government Association:
The work of CCP’s two pilots is featured in the December issue of the LGA’s First Magazine (p26), which is received by 18,000 councillors and 400 chief executives monthly.
Guidance for public health teams on working with the arts and cultural sector
The Cultural Commissioning Programme is in discussion with the Association of Directors of Public Health on production of guidance on the benefits for public health of working with the arts and cultural sector, and how to go about this. Whilst many in public health already work with arts and cultural organisations, others have said they would value guidance. We’re looking for case studies for possible inclusion – if you work in a cultural organisation which has been commissioned by your public health team, or if you are a public health professional who commissions arts and cultural providers, do get in touch and we’ll send you further details.