Raw Sounds was one of 24 arts organisations selected to present their work to health commissioners at the Aesop showcase at the Royal Festival Hall, making the case for investment in arts organisations working in a health context.
Raw Sounds programme managers, a participant and a health advocate spoke on the local context of our mental health programme and issues specific to South London communities, the positive impact our project makes on participants mental health and wellbeing, and benefits of the service in terms of cost and capacity saving for NHS services.
Dr David O’Flynn, Consultant Psychiatrist at Lambeth and Maudsley hospitals gave case studies of his patients’ progress through Raw Sounds, and spoke of the cost saving that attendance at our service contributes to – by supporting patients during their transition from living in hospital (at £500 per night) to living independently in the community. He advocates ‘Raw Sounds reaches the person, rather than the illness offering something that is relevant to their lives‘.
Listen to our Radio interview from 23:05 on Radio 4‘s Today programme to hear how community music saves NHS England money.