The north west arts and health network is changing – flexing and evolving with the times – still with its feet firmly on the ground in the north of england, but responsive to the many international voices that get in touch. He is a co-ordinator of the Mental Health Economics European Network, a member of NICE’s Public Health Interventions Advisory Committee since 2007, Co-Convenor of the Cochrane Campbell Economic Methods Group and has acted as an advisor to a range of organisations, including the European Commission and World Health Organisation, and national/regional governmental departments, including the Department of Health in England and equivalent bodies in Scotland and Wales.
Critically, health and wellbeing are influenced by other factors in life that are outside of the NHS, therefore, this research grouping has an overarching focus on the social determinants of health the factors that underpin both health and wellbeing.
Violence prevention is possible, and there is reason for hope: the World Health Organization has encouraged governments and sometimes entire countries, for example, to implement violence prevention programs with measurable success—sometimes exceeding expectations both in terms of time taken and extent of the results.
The website was initiated and is funded by the Arts Council as an important element of its Arts and Health Policy The website was developed by Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) in partnership with Create,the national development agency for collaborative arts in social and community contexts.
I publish The International Journal of the Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice and had recently completed a third book, Creative Arts in Humane Medicine (McLean, 2014) published by Brush Education, a text for medical educators, practitioners, students and others in the allied health professions to help demonstrate how the arts and research contribute toward a more caring and empathic approach to medicine.