Press Release

05 July 2013

Canterbury Christ Church University and the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) have come together to create the first arts and health training programme in the UK that highlights the fundamental role that arts have on health.

Professor Paul Camic, Research Director in Applied Psychology at Canterbury Christ Church University, has developed six new workshops aimed at people working in the public health sector with a specific interest in the relationship between arts and health. The selection of New Horizon courses include exploring the following aspects; Dancing and Wellbeing, Singing for Wellbeing and Health and Common Knowledge events.

Dr Camic aims to provide research inspired programmes that are influenced by research findings from the UK and across the world, practical evidence that can effectively and rapidly be put into practice, interdisciplinary perspectives from the social and applied sciences, healthcare, the arts, culture and heritage sectors and an international viewpoint that shows innovative developments in best practices across the globe.

Dr Camic said: “'We are very pleased to be working with the RSPH to develop innovative evidenced-based arts, health and wellbeing training for health, social care and public health staff that can make a difference in people's lives.”

Also a session chair for the RSPH, Dr Camic has reinforced collaborative links between Canterbury Christ Church University and the RSPH, making the University an official Academic Partner.

Dr Camic was on the steering committee of the RSPH Culture, Health and Wellbeing conference held last week that focused on the international perspectives on Healthy and Creative Ageing, Global Health Inequalities and Culture and Culture and the Social Determinants and wellbeing.

The conference was being held at Bristol’s City Hall between the 24 and 26 June followed by the launch of the courses which are due to start in September 2013 and run through to April 2014.

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 93% of our recent UK undergraduates are in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2011 UCAS).
  • We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).

*2010/11 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH)

  • The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is an independent, multi-disciplinary organisation, dedicated to the promotion and protection of collective human health and wellbeing. Through advocacy, mediation, empowerment, knowledge and practice we advise on policy development, provide education and training services, encourage scientific research, disseminate information and certify products, training centres and processes.
  • The RSPH is the oldest public health body in the world and enjoys patronage of Her Majesty the Queen It is a registered charity operating under Royal Charter
  • The RSPH is an awarding body recognised by Ofqual. Around 100,000 students take our qualifications each year through our network of over 1500 training centres throughout the UK. Our qualifications cover areas including health improvement, food hygiene, pest control, health & safety, nutrition and emergency planning.
  • The RSPH is a membership organisation with almost 7,000 members. Membership of RSPH is a widely recognised mark of commitment to public health and brings real professional benefits.
  • The RSPH run a wide variety of conferences covering topics such as food safety, water, infection control and occupational medicine as well as training programmes covering all aspects of health improvement
  • The RSPH run an accreditation service for health and safety related products and manage the second largest food packaging certification scheme in the UK


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