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Public bodies that have taken arts to their hearts

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

Posted: 10/03/2022

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. 


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