Florence Nightingale

History buffs are to be given unprecedented access to the Derbyshire home of the Victorian nursing icon Florence Nightingale, thanks to a new website being launched by researchers from the Centre for Social Futures and The University of Nottingham.

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The UK’s Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has said that doctors should prescribe dance classes and trips to concert halls as well as pills and physio – and set out plans to make this “social prescribing” a reality. He clearly gets how the arts can benefit health and well-being. But there is more to do. The health benefits to be gained from creative practice are enormous and universal – and so need widespread investment.

An Centre for Social Futures expert has been working with the world famous Cirque du Soleil providing training and education to their medical staff on nutrition and disordered eating. 

Paul Crawford speaking at the Health Humanities award ceremony

The five winners of the new Health Humanities Medal awards were announced during a ceremony at the Houses of Parliament in September 2018.

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Professor Paul Crawford, from the IMH’s Centre for Social Futures, has had his latest programme of work published and promoted in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation.

Dr Walter Pierre Bouman has been appointed Honorary Professor at The School of Medicine at the University of Nottingham, and President-elect of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health.

The Creative Practice as Mutual Recovery Consortium, part of the Centre for Social Futures, has hosted an international symposium on Health Humanities and the Arts in Mental Health. The event in November 2017 at Derby Enterprise Centre explored the latest research and evidence-based practice.

"The Transgender Handbook: A Guide for Transgender People, Their Families and Professionals" written by Centre for Social Future's Professor Jon Arcelus and Professor Walter Bouman

A film made by the Consortium and Sheffield Vision with executive producer Professor Susan Hogan, a fellow of the IMH, was shortlisted for the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s 2017 Research in Film Awards. The film, called Mothers Make Contemporary Art, made the finals in the innovation category.


Professor Paul Crawford has led the development of a new award with The Arts and Humanities Research Council, in association with the Wellcome Trust, to celebrate the contribution of the arts and humanities to improving healthcare, mental health and wellbeing.