New Clinics in Liverpool and Belfast

April 17th, 2019

As part of our commitment to reach and support performers throughout the UK, we are pleased and excited to announce new regional clinics, this time in Liverpool and Belfast starting in May 2019. 

BAPAM are delighted to be working with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, who will host the clinic at the Philharmonic Hall, and Dr Marie McKavanagh, a Performing Arts Medicine specialist GP (and musician).

Liverpool Philharmonic have pioneered an exemplary approach to developing and supporting performance excellence through providing specialist health and wellbeing services to orchestra musicians. The positive effects of this investment are proving that performer wellbeing and artistic excellence are interlinked. Taking care of both also makes good business sense. Performers are healthier, happier, take less time off sick and are better prepared for elite performance. Through their key support for the new BAPAM clinic, Liverpool Philharmonic are now helping to bring this approach to the whole performing arts community.

The first clinic will be held on Wednesday 1st May. 

Belfast

BAPAM are also delighted to be working with the Oh Yeah Centre, Belfast’s music hub, who will host the clinic, providing vital support for a healthy and vibrant performing arts community.

The clinic is led by Dr Christine Hunter, a BAPAM and  NHS GP and Medical Adviser to the Ulster Orchestra.

BAPAM’s Belfast Clinic will be held monthly from May 22

Who is the clinic for?

If you make a proportion of your living from, or study in the performing arts, and have a physical or psychological health problem related to your work, BAPAM can help you. BAPAM clinicians can provide an accurate diagnosis and information to help you overcome problems. The BAPAM team can identify the best sources of ongoing care, both in the NHS and from other specialists, and advise you about sources of financial support for people experiencing health problems affecting their ability to work or study.

Other regional clinics:

Glasgow: Friday 10th May, 7th June

Leeds: Thursday 2nd May

How to book a FREE confidential appointment?

Call 020 7404 8444 to register | Or email info@bapam.org.uk

The Relationship Between Occupational Demands and Well-Being of Performing Artists: A Systematic Review

March 29th, 2019

Simone Willis,  a Performance Science researcher at Cardiff Metropolitan University, has shared with us this recently published paper on the relationship between occupational stress and well-being in performing artists. The aim of this systematic review was to evaluate and synthesise data arising from 20 previous studies. The article is open access and can be read here in Frontiers of Psychology.

The review highlights the need for more high quality research on the relationship between occupational stress and well-being.

 

Psychosocial Practitioner Peer Supervision Group

March 27th, 2019

BAPAM is pleased to support the Peer Supervision Group for psychosocial practitioners who work with performing arts clients.

This group, whose inaugural meetings took place in 2018, opens up the conversation between performing arts and psychological practice. It is developing a growing professional network for counselling, coaching and psychology practitioners who work with performing artists of all kinds. The group meets regularly, roughly every 8 weeks, in central London.

As well as discussing clinical cases and case issues, there is interactive exploration, mutual consultation and support on more general professional practice issues, including ethical issues, boundary and confidentiality areas. Such exchanges of expertise and experience enable members to reflect on and refine best practice in working with performers. The Group offers members the chance to share specialist expertise of particular problem areas and to provide interventions, guidance, information and professional support within a rigorous evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence framework in this developing field. The Group acts as a forum not only for encouraging and developing the highest standards of practice but also for identifying, promoting and supporting new research in the field.

Members of the group use a variety of approaches and come from a range of career backgrounds. Some members bring specialist expertise within the field, for example, working with people in particular arts professions or with certain types of problem. The Group is sensitive to BAME, LGBT+ and other dimensions of difference.

It is hoped that specialised supervision of this type will become available and accessible to many more practitioners on the BAPAM Directory and the Group is keen to encourage this in whatever ways it can. Members are happy to offer advice and suggestions to practitioners wanting to start their own peer supervision group and to find ways of welcoming practitioners new to the Directory to join.

Practitioners interested in finding out more, joining the London group or starting a group of their own are invited to contact Dr Carol Chapman by email at carol@carolchapman.co.uk

A major event in Occupational Health

March 19th, 2019

Are you a freelance performer, regularly working on short contracts and short-term engagements? BAPAM in collaboration with the Occupational Medicine Department of the Royal Society of Medicine is organising an event looking at Occupational health in the performing arts. The industry is commonly termed the original gig economy as a huge proportion of the workforce are composed of freelance performers. There is also unfortunately a high number likely to become injured or have other health problems as a result of their work.

In traditional settings occupational health teams keep people well at work – physically and mentally. But when it comes to the gig economy the healthcare support for a performer may not be as certain.

Amongst other things this event on 27th March 2019 will be looking at the health and work needs of the self-employed, especially those working in this gig economy. As well as the current needs and experiences of performers when they are faced with ill health and also performance-related injury and how they can be treated back in to work.

Click here to book on to the event which promises to be a very useful day for all performers and clinicians working with performers.

  • Interested in finding out more about occupational health and performing arts, there is a collection of resources on the subject on the Society of Occupational Medicine website.

 

Open evening for Performing Arts Medicine course

March 8th, 2019

Are you a health professional and have an interest in working with performers? Or you may already treat some performers and want to be able to give them the best treatment possible. Then an open evening on 13th March is your chance to find out more about UCL’s Performing Arts Medicine MSc and diploma course. Tutors and course administrators will be on hand to talk about what this unique training programme involves. (click image for more info)

The course will allow you to gain in-depth knowledge of the diverse field of performing arts medicine, with modules ranging from clinical assessment and rehabilitation of the performing artist, musculoskeletal and neuromuscular performance related injury to clinical management of the professional voice and performance psychology, to name a few.

The specialised skills learnt during the can then be incorporated into an individual’s own professional practice. Or alternatively they can participate in performing arts clinics in settings such as conservatoires, orchestras, music or dance colleges.

The programme also provides its students with broad knowledge of the art forms and their demands on the performer and how these impact on their wellbeing.

For more on entry requirements, course fees and how to apply for this course head to the UCL website

BAPAM regional clinics update!

February 22nd, 2019

We’re excited to unveil more specialist BAPAM medical assessments for performing artists at our regional clinics in Birmingham and Glasgow during the month of March.

Birmingham

In addition to the musculoskeletal clinic led by BAPAM physio Louise Curley on 8th and 22nd March in Birmingham, March also marks the return of our GP led clinics.

Dr Diana Newson, GP

BAPAM GP Dr Diana Newson will be leading the clinic on 20th March. She has many years experience as a GP and enjoys the opportunity of working with performers. Dr Newson is a Grade 8 singer, pianist and violinist and currently sings with Birmingham Bach Choir.

The Birmingham clinics take place at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.        200 Jennens Rd, Birmingham B4 7XR

Glasgow

Our next assessment in Glasgow will take place on 1st March with BAPAM assessing clinician Dr Pippa Wheble at the Scottish Opera Production Studios.  40 Edington Street, Glasgow, G4 9RD

To register and book your appointment call us on 0207 404 8444.

Call for Research Participants

February 21st, 2019

Are you a professional musician and do you engage heavily with social media and social networking sites? Tom Wegg-Prosser, final year MSc student in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths University is looking for solo artists, lead singers, dance and electronic acts to take part in a qualitative research study. It’ll look at the experience of professional musicians engaged with social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud and YouTube.

Participants would ideally have a rich relationship with these sites, actively engaging and posting regularly. Interviews will be recorded taking 45 minutes to an hour and ideally be face to face, although there is a possibility for phone or Skype interviews.

The study will add to the body of research around musicians’ mental health. MSc student Tom Wegg-Prosser who’s conducting the survey says: “Anecdotal evidence in media is that more and more musicians can have positive and negative relationships with social networking and social media sites.  Some studies have highlighted this is at times a problematic relationship.”

The Interview is intended to be exploratory, open and only semi structured. It will be a broad conversation about the musicians’ experience of this subject.

To get involved click image

Trustee Recruitment

February 19th, 2019

We are are looking for skilled and experienced individuals to join our Board of Trustees and help guide the organisation in assuring service quality, developing new and existing partnerships and expanding our services throughout the performing arts industry.

To apply, please download the Application Pack and return it to BAPAM Director, Claire Cordeaux. You are welcome to contact us for further information.

Occupational Health in the Performing Arts Industry: The Original Gig Economy

February 5th, 2019

 

Wednesday 27th March 
Royal Society of Medicine
London

 

Registration for this event is now open.

Training arts professionals in healthy practice skills is vital, but we believe that healthy individuals also require systematic support from the industry that is built on their work. 

The majority of workers in the performing arts are freelancers and all are likely to, at some point in their career, experience an injury or have other health problems as a result of their work. The particular needs of those in this industry translate to other areas of the national workforce where, with the expansion of the ‘gig-economy’, traditional occupational health provision increasingly may not reach. 

The Occupational Medicine Section of the Royal Society of Medicine and the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine have therefore come together to run a one day educational meeting that will be of interest to a wide range of people with an interest in health and work.

Talks and panels feature leading arts industry and occupational health experts, academics and clinicians, and include consideration of the economic case for investing in health, health promotion, injury prevention and rehabilitation for self-employed workers, key and emerging occupational health issues in the arts sector.

Contributors include:

Professor Aaron Williamon, Royal College of Music, Centre for Performance Science

Zeb Soanes, BBC Radio 4 presenter

Jane Dyball, CEO of Music Publishers Association Group, winner of Music Week Women in Music Award for Outstanding Contribution

Professor Emma Redding, Head of Dance Science, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Colin Thomas, Chief Medical Officer, BBC

Colonel John Etherington, Director of Defence Rehabilitation and Consultant in Rheumatology and Rehabilitation, Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre

More information and registration

Clinical Governance Toolkit

February 5th, 2019

Can BAPAM help your organisation ensure quality of clinical services for performing artists?

Performing arts organisations and businesses which commission or provide health services for artists, or are considering doing so, should comply with quality standards for healthcare to ensure the best service for beneficiaries, use resources effectively and help to manage any liabilities if things should go wrong.

We have just published a new Clinical Governance Toolkit which is available as a free resource.

BAPAM is a clinically led organisation working in the performing arts sector. We have a clinical governance framework in place and are registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

We are available to:

Discuss quality issues in relation to an existing or planned service

Develop policy documents and reporting systems that allow you to continually monitor the quality of service delivery

Support the scrutiny of your service

We spoke to Dr Penny Wright, BAPAM Honorary Medical Director, to help demystify the topic of clinical governance.

Why is clinical governance important?

It’s a way of guaranteeing the quality of clinical services for patients: I think it’s most important to look at clinical governance from the patient’s point of view in the first instance. Patients often feel vulnerable when coming through the door, so they need to know they’re getting a service that is expert, that is going to come up with the right answer to their problem, backed up by evidence, in an environment which is caring and respectful of them, and where any risk is minimised. From the point of view of those us who are delivering those clinical services, the doctors and other clinicians and the organisations that they work for, making sure that services are of a high quality is also important: if we provide services that are either not of a good quality or not the right services, the ones our patients need, we’re risking the patient getting poor care and we’re risking wasting money and time. There are assumptions that because healthcare practitioners like doctors and nurses are caring and expertly trained, we always provide a good service, but we don’t actually know that (or even know what a ‘good service’ is) if we don’t monitor it and ask questions about how it could be better. Sometimes asking clinical governance questions can be very unpopular! But in the end, asking how we clinicians know that we are doing the right things – and whether we could do better – is in everybody’s best interests.

What does it mean for Performing Arts Medicine providers?

Providers such as BAPAM need to make sure that the service they’re providing is actually effective at treating performers, as they obviously have very special needs and issues. For example, there’s no point in providing performers with physiotherapy advice geared towards sedentary office workers. For care to be effective, providers first need to look at the quality and expertise of the people delivering it: the clinicians that you work with need to be well trained and they need to understand performers in order to provide all the right advice. It’s also about using an evidence base: if you provide a particular form of treatment to a performer, how do you know that it’s the right treatment, that it’s going to help? Underpinning everything has to be this constant questioning, which is ‘how do we know what is the best thing to do for this patient?’ So the evidence base I would say is part of clinical governance. In addition, for whoever is funding the service, “clinical effectiveness is cost effectiveness”, a treatment which works is also likely to be worth the money that it costs.

What does clinical governance mean for patients?

It provides reassurance that the care they’re getting is the right care for them; that it’s delivered in a way which is respectful and professional; and by people who have been appropriately trained. So in a way it is all about standards and, for performers, it’s about receiving career-specific care which is relevant for them in an environment where they feel more understood than they might do in the busy NHS, or in non-specialist freelance or private services.

How can an individual practitioners ensure clinical expertise when working with performers?

I think it’s a combination of training and experience. From the point of view of training, it doesn’t just mean going to conferences and training days, reading journals and things like that, it’s also about networking with specialists in the field and asking advice and learning from them. At BAPAM clinics, our clinicians are always happy to have colleagues sitting in with them. In Performing Arts Medicine in the UK, formal learning opportunities are currently limited but they are out there: there are courses and training days such as those we run at BAPAM, and there are a limited number of specialist journals, or relevant articles in general journals. There are also academic courses that people can go on, like the Performing Arts Medicine MSc at UCL. However, if you’ve got good basic clinical skills in your own area of practice you will also learn simply from seeing lots of performing arts patients: for instance you will learn about problems affecting clarinettists if you see a lot of clarinettists (with their instruments if necessary) and you’ve got the basic skills to ask the right questions about what’s happened to them and why.

Download the BAPAM Clinical Governance Toolkit