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  • 30/06/2014
    Art Psychotherapy as a recovery program for complex mental illness across all NHS Trusts - e-petition
    (Responsible department: Department of Health)
    Art Psychotherapy needs to be part of the landscape of all NHS hospitals for complex mental illnesses, especially for those recovering from depressive illness.
    This would:
    • combine deep inner trauma using art materials with verbal accounts of past experiences, when talking therapies alone have failed in the past.
    • act as a preventative/recovery program in an attempt to reduce hospitalisation which is costly.
    • attempt to contribute to reducing the bed crisis in mental hospitals when patients can be treated as out patients, thus sustaining a daily routine in own surroundings which also aids recovery.

    For this reason it seems sense for the Government to invest in art psychotherapy for out patient care for a multitude of mental illnesses, for far more effective recovery treatment plans, which may contribute to cutting some aspects of the deficit throughout the NHS.

    Click here to view and sign the petition >>

  • 12/04/2014
    Positive practice in mental health
    The annual positive practice in mental health awards has launched with categories including arts and mental health. Nominations are being accepted for projects or services which demonstrate positive practice by supporting and encouraging the creative talents of people with mental health problems. For more and how to submit your nomination go to
  • 20/01/2014
    Government unveils new Mental Health Strategy
    Neil Springham, Head of Arts Therapies at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and founder of ResearchNet, was amongst staff and patients meeting Nick Clegg and Alistair Campbell.
  • Alice Byrnes13/01/2014
    Alice Byrnes died on 11th September 2013
    after a short illness. She had been closely involved in the growth of Art Therapy in Britain for over 30 years. She will be remembered as a therapist, educator, member of BAAT Council (where she held the posts of Membership Secretary and Honorary Treasurer), and as a mentor and friend by her many colleagues and former students. Read Alice Byrnes - a appreciation >>

  • 11/04/2013
    Psychological therapies workforce review report
    The Department of Health (DH) commissioned the CfWI (Centre for Workplace Intelligence) to undertake a review of the workforce delivering adult psychological therapies to the NHS in England. Report and summary are on

  • 11/04/2013
    Arts Council England funding opportunity for Arts projects with older people in care
    A 1 million Arts and older people in care programme has been launched, jointly funded by the Arts Council and The Baring Foundation. They are seeking proposals from partnerships or consortia led by either residential care providers or arts organisations to deliver a three-year programme providing access to high quality arts experiences for older people in residential care. People continue to be creative as they age but in some circumstances they may need specific support from arts organisations to unlock and develop these talents. About the Arts and older people in care commissioned grant >>
  • 08/03/2013
    NICE Guidelines include Arts Therapies for children
    'Good news! Arts therapies have been included in NICE Guideline as a treatment to 'consider' with Children and Young People with  psychosis and schizophrenia. The NICE Guideline particularly stresses arts therapies' uses in alleviating negative symptoms. See page 160 in the guidance document:
  • 04/03/2013
    Master of Research in Clinical Practice: Funded Study Opportunity for AHPs:
    Kingston University and St George's, University of London's Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education are pleased to announce that they have successfully gained a second round of funding from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and Chief Nursing Officer for England (CNO), and are offering 18 fully funded studentships to NHS professionals. More >>
  • 24/07/2012
    "No Health without Mental Health: Implementation Framework" published this morning by the DoH. Read it here >>
  • 05/07/2012
    The Art Therapy TrustAdvert for Trustees
    is a small charity based in the UK that aims to raise awareness of the benefits of art therapy for people of all ages and promotes the study of Art Therapy through research, publication and events.
    (positions are now filled)  
  • 17/04/2012
    AHP QIPP Toolkit: BAAT contributed to the evidence for the Stroke and Cancer Care AHP QIPP. These are excellent tools to evidence the work of art therapists in these areas and can be shared with service managers and commissioners.
    Tool kit available form NHS site here >>

    New toolkit shows AHPs can improve care and save NHS money >>
  • 15/03/2012
    Allied Health Professions Federation Operational Plan 2012-13
    The AHPF Operational Plan 2012-13 as agreed at the AHPF Board meeting 13th March 2012 >>
  • 14/03/2012
    Arts Council England Be Creative Be Well evaluation
    Over three and a half years, the Well London programme empowered some of the capital's most deprived communities to take a proactive role in enhancing their health and wellbeing. Within this programme, there were a number of strands of work with Be Creative Be Well representing the importance of art and creativity in health agendas.
    This report is an independent evaluation of Be Creative Be Well, looking at the impact that the quality of the arts and cultural activity can have in community engagement and in improving health and wellbeing.
    Read the repo rt on Arts Council website >>
  • BAAT Statement on Matisse Study
    The BAAT Council welcomes the publication of the results of the Matisse study in the British Medical Journal this week (27 February 2012). More >>
  • 29/11/2011
    Consensus statement endorsed by BAAT on the use of research in the development of NICE guidelines presented to Paul Burstow MP on the 24th  November.
    Consensus statement on the need for further research and methodological innovation to support the use of an increased range of evidence based psychological interventions in the development of NICE guidelines on psychological therapies was signed by a number of organisations including BAAT. Read the statement >>