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Healthcare Arts at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital gains recognition at one of Britain’s top universities

Stephen Pettet-SmithThe head of Exeter HealthCare Arts at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital has been appointed an Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Exeter.


Stephen Pettet-Smith has been recognised for the leading work that the RD&E does in the field of arts, health and the environment.


Dr Jane Milling, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Drama at the university, said she hoped that the university would work even more closely with the hospital in the future.

She said: "We are delighted to welcome Stephen Pettet-Smith as an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Drama at the University of Exeter.

“This consolidates a long-standing relationship between Stephen and the department, and we look forward to drawing on his expertise to enhance our teaching and research in the field of Arts and Health."


Mr Pettet-Smith said: “It is great to be recognised in this way and it is good for the Trust and Exeter HealthCare Arts reputation. This follows my ongoing work with the Department of Drama centered on dementia care. This involves students visiting care homes and day facilities to engage with patients on reminiscence projects.”


Stephen, a member of the hospitals Dementia and Delirium Steering Group, is presently coordinating the design of a dementia garden to help patients and carers.

Recently, Stephen led a successful National Lottery ‘Awards for All’ funded project to enhance the cancer care environment and completed work for the new hospital wards Yealm and Ashburn to help patient orientation.


The University of Exeter is the Sunday Times University of the Year 2012-13.


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