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The work of Exeter Healthcare Arts (EHCA) is recognised as pioneering, providing a benchmark for the Arts & Heath community. The work receives favourable comment from visitors and staff concerning its core work within the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and its hospitals. Its work with other healthcare providers has also been well received.


The work sits comfortably with the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust’s Strategic Objects. It is a key component to ‘deliver services in an environment which is comfortable, acceptable and friendly for patients, improves health and wellbeing and enables staff to care for patients effectively’.


The work also contributes to the delivery of the ‘Standards for Better Healthcare’ across all NHS service delivery organisations.


Recently EHCA has successfully worked with the St Leonard’s Practice in Exeter on arts & health initiatives and was consultant to the Devon Partnership Trust’s Kings Fund supported project at the Briers, ‘Improving the Healing Environment’. Past projects have included acting as arts & environment consultant to Wonford House Hospital and instigator and coordinator for ‘For some good measure’, the arts & health show case for Exeter and its district held in 2005.


EHCA can offer four main strands of work:

Exeter HealthCare Arts tailors each project to the individual needs of a facility or organisation. The process begins with a meeting with the appropriate management staff and site visit. An initial report is compiled, outlining the opportunities for including the arts in the development or service delivery. Typically this will present a number of options and the cost of each in terms of our involvement. It may also outline possible project costs. Once the scope of work is agreed a project programme proposal is developed by EHCA. Recruitment of artists, designers and other creative practitioners is managed by EHCA and involves the client body closely at all stages of the process.  Each element of the programme is then project managed by EHCA staff.