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Professor Stephen Clift: Recent advance in the science of singing for health and wellbeing


Professor Stephen Clift
Arts on Prescription? Examining the positive impact of communal singing on mental health
Monday 10th October 2016

Keynote speech: Recent advance in the science of singing for health and wellbeing
This presentation provided an overview of the development of research on singing, health and wellbeing over the last 15 years, as well as the challenge of translating research evidence into practice and promoting the development of 'singing on prescription' with support from the NHS and local authorities. It focused on selected studies published in the last two years demonstrating measurable benefits of regular group singing for people living with a range of health challenges affecting mental and physical wellbeing.

These examples included:

Keynote speaker: Professor Stephen Clift, BA, PhD, FRSPH
Stephen Clift is Professor of Health Education and Director of the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health, Canterbury Christ Church University. The De Haan Research Centre, established in 2005, has made original contributions to research and practice on the value of singing for people with enduring mental health challenges and older people with chronic respiratory illness, dementia and Parkinson's. Stephen Clift and Vivien Ellis have been commissioned by Guy's and St. Thomas'  Vocational Training Scheme, to deliver an Arts & Health training for GPs in Southwark in November 2016, with a study of outcomes due to be published in 2017.