Our Glasgow clinician, Dr Faith Gardner, who has been helping performers in Scotland at free BAPAM clinics since 2004, will be retiring later this month. We are very grateful to Faith for her expertise and the support she’s given us during this time, and we wish her all the best for the future.
BAPAM is in the midst of a review of our funding and national services provision. We are unable to recruit a replacement for Dr Gardner or make plans for our clinics beyond 2017 until discussions with key stakeholders have been completed, hopefully later this year. Our Glasgow clinic will therefore close from 14th March.
BAPAM clinics provide free, performing arts-specific medical advice, enabling people to make informed decisions and facilitating effective ongoing care. Dr Gardner worked with us in developing a network of colleagues in Scotland, and building relationships with local institutions including educators, orchestras, unions and employers, as well as individual performers. The clinic has been held for many years at Scottish Opera’s Technical Centre and we are grateful for their essential support. If in future we are able to re-open a clinic in Scotland, we hope to work collaboratively and build on our experience to develop an effective, sustainable service, accessible to all performing arts professionals and students.
Information about performing arts health support services and advice is available from the BAPAM team and website.