As AHP Programme Director at NHS Education for Scotland I am pleased to havesupported the Arts Therapists in using the NES Skills Maximisation Toolkit to help consider where and how arts therapists could be making a more effective contribution to
the provision of services for people experiencing mental health difculties. The Skills
Maximisation Toolkit was prepared to help AHPs to maximise their contribution to
the patient journey. The limited availability of arts therapies to people accessing
mental health services in Scotland and the particularly rare opportunity for earlyreferral to the services is a clear example where there is much greater scope for
AHP involvement than is currently provided by NHS Boards across Scotland.
I hope this report and the ongoing link with the arts therapists across Scotland helps
to support the development of the wide ranging benets that access the art, dance,drama and music therapy can offer.
Best wishesHelen McFarlane,AHP Director at NHS Education for Scotland (NES)
NHS Quality Improvement Scotland supports NHS practitioners to improve the quality
of patient care. This is an ongoing and continuous cycle of providing advice and
guidance on effective clinical practice, and supporting practice development
through sharing and promoting best practice.
As a result of this, NHS QIS has developed national practice development networks
for AHPs. The Arts Therapies Practice Development Network is one of these networksand Dr Vicky Karkou has been the Chair. We were pleased to support this Practice
Development Network to hold a day event for the Arts Therapists to meet, network
and share best practice through the excellent presentations and seminars held. Thisreport references these presentations in Appendix 2 as abstracts.We all know that practice development is about being clinically effective andimproving our practice for the benet of those using our services. This report has anambitious aim to raise the prole and practice of the Arts Therapies and for futurerecognition in untapped potential.
Practice Development Professional Ofcer for AHPs
NHS Quality Improvement Scotland