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Vivien Ellis is working with the Centre to develop models and resources for arts and health training for creative artists and health professionals, particularly GPs.
Vivien is a Grammy-nominated singer specialising in early and folk music. She sings with The Carnival Band and her duo Alva with Giles Lewin. She is a member of the Natural Voice Network, and began leading singing groups in the 1980’s, inspired by the work of Frankie Armstrong.
Vivien was first commissioned to deliver GP training in Arts for Health by Imperial College General Practice Vocational Training Scheme (GPVTS) in 2013. Since then she has developed the training in conjunction with Professor Stephen Clift, working with several groups of GP trainees and trainers including Guys and St Thomas and Hillingdon GPVTS. Future plans include developing resources for GP Arts & Health training, and working with surgeries to make arts for health more available to patients.
Vivien also leads a free drop-in singing group at The Mental Fight Club Dragon Café. This pioneering creative café pops up every week in the crypt of St George the Martyr Church in the London Borough of Southwark, providing arts for mental wellbeing in a relaxed social setting. Vivien also directed the first successful trial of The Dragon Café in a new setting, at Morley College in Lambeth in 2015-16.