Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation
Trust’s Hartington Unit, based on the site of Chesterfield Royal Hospital is
delighted to announce a new partnership with Chesterfield College’s Directorate
of Art and Design.
As part of World Mental Health Day, Art
and Design students at Chesterfield College were presented with a project brief
based on ideas from both college staff and patients from the Hartington Unit
themselves. Using the themes of care, health and recovery, students are
undertaking project work to produce a piece of art to be displayed within the
unit. A project is also underway to develop a 3D sculpture for display in the
Hartington Unit’s courtyard.
Sarah Butt, Service Line Manager at Derbyshire
Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“By working closely with Chesterfield College, we aim to promote mental
health, recovery and community integration by supporting students to research
mental health issues, and gain a better understanding of the issues our
patients face and the pathway individuals take towards their recovery”.
Jeremy Asquith, Head of Learning for
the Art, Design and Creative Industries Directorate at Chesterfield College adds,
“We are pleased to be working with the Hartington Unit
as it gives students experience of working on a live brief and helps them to
discuss and become aware of complex issues in our society. Creative activities
have been used as supportive therapies for mental health so it is fitting
that the work produced should be sited in the unit”.
The student’s designs, narrative about
their designs and reasons for why their designs depict mental health recovery
and community will soon be displayed as art work within the Hartington Unit
itself. The student’s designs as art work will enhance the inpatient
environment and hopefully promote to patients and staff alike the positive
focus of mental health promotion and community integration.
Trust aims to continue working closely with Chesterfield College to promote
mental health within the local community.
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