"Hospital design has to pay attention to the impact the patient environment has on the individual patient - their state of mind, their prospects of recovery, their sense of well-being."
Rt Hon Alan Milburn MP, 2001
"There is an emerging body of evidence which links the healing environment to improved health and well being" Hazel Blears MP, 2003
Role of Arts in Healthcare
The importance of the arts and good design in improving outcomes and well being in healthcare has been increasingly accepted and now forms a significant part of the body of evidence that fuels the concept of evidence based design. Evidence based design developed from the realisation that a direct link could be demonstrated between patient health and quality of care and the way a hospital is designed.
"Just as evidence-based medicine is revolutionizing health care treatment, evidence-based design is transforming the healthcare environment. We now have at our disposal proven architectural methods for improving patient outcomes, safety, and satisfaction, as well as staff retention and service efficiency." Craig Zimring, Centre for Health Design.
Hospital Arts For North East Yorkshire, or hafney for short, was established in 1999 and became a registered charity in 2001.
hafney 's registered aim is to relieve sickness and preserve and protect physical, mental and emotional health particularly through the use of the arts including but not limited to visual, performing, environmental and media arts, in the area of North East Yorkshire
hafney is run by a Board of Trustees who include representatives of the local health and arts communities. We work in close co-operation with Jo Davis, the Arts Co-ordinator at Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS Trust (SNEYHT), to fund and deliver Arts in Healthcare projects for local NHS Trusts in particular SNEYHT, which runs Scarborough and Bridlington Hospitals and thus provides Acute Hospital Services for our area, and North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust (NYYPCT) which amongst its other roles runs the community hospitals at Malton and Whitby.
Completed works of art are owned by the Donated Funds Committee for SNEYHT and NYYPCT, which is also an independently regulated body, and works may not be sold or disposed of without the agreement of that committee and hafney. If this were to happen the value of the work would have to be reinvested in line with hafney 's aims.
The value of the work we do has been recognised by a report on Arts in Healthcare in this Region prepared for the National Network for Arts in Healthcare by Mike White, Director of Projects at the Centre for Arts and Humanities in Health and Medicine, who described the Arts Project at Scarborough as "a hidden gem".