ARTS@STH work with a variety of artists and arts organisations to help us to achieve our objective of improving the experience and wellbeing of our patients.
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals has had an arts programme since the 1990s. It is currently managed by two part-time arts coordinators and an arts activities officer who look after the hospital improvement and patient engagement programme.
We offer a varied programme of creative activities for the benefit of our patients. We focus on wards where we have a high percentage of elderly patients, and patients with dementia. We offer a monthly music programme with musicians from Music in Hospitals and Care and Lost Chord. We also provide weekly creative activities sessions and some dance/movement groups.
We work closely with arts & crafts volunteers and general ward volunteers who engage patients in conversation and arts & crafts activities to relieve boredom, improve mood and reduce levels of anxiety. They have access to a range of materials including our popular ‘Activities Pack‘.