1000 Days Project aims to enrich current thinking on patient voice and experience

The 1000 Days project is a music and spoken word collaboration between Dr Ros Hawley, Mark Fisher and Keisha Thompson. It explores how artistic interpretation of experiences of music and hospitalisation can be used with wider audiences.

Dr Rosalind Hawley, a Specialist Music for Health Musician has been awarded funding from Help Musicians UK to undertake artist research with Manchester-based creatives; Mark Fisher, Composer/Specialist Music for Health Musician, and spoken word artist Keisha Thompson.

The 1000 Days Project uses music and spoken word collaboration to explore how artistic interpretation of experiences of music and hospitalisation can be used in sharing creative learning with wider audiences and break down barriers between music, medicine and healthcare. In building new ideas for developing creative, reflexive evaluation responses to music in healthcare projects, 1000 Days aims to enrich current thinking on how patient voice and experience can be included more centrally within evaluation methodologies.

The project has been born out of the trio’s initial pilot creative evaluation work undertaken in 2017 as part of the award-winning Songbirds music project, founded and delivered by Dr Ros Hawley and Mark Fisher at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. Keisha was commissioned to undertake a period of fieldwork observing the impact of Songbirds music sessions on the hospital environment. Keisha recorded 10 poems telling stories of children, family and staff interactions with the musicians in hospital spaces, 6 of which the musicians added music to.

Here is a link to listen to some of those tracks: https://soundcloud.com/m4h2020/sets/1000-days

The project is currently undertaking a series of workshops to share the learning about the project with a variety of groups including; 4th and 5th year medical students at Manchester Medical school, young creatives at Contact Theatre, 1st year mental health nursing students at Manchester Met University and music leaders at Brighter Sound.

These workshops will feed into a creative response by the trio and the formation of a new network of people who are interested in using creative approaches to develop reflective practise, evaluation methodologies, and responses to lived experiences of music making , creativity and health.

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