Our in reach service at Chase Farm Hospital in North London is the subject of an article in the Royal College of Psychiatrists Quality Network for Forensic Mental Health Services’ newsletter.
Entitled “Hip Hop Hospital” and featured under the theme ‘Managing the Diversity Challenge Within Secure Services’ the article explains our partnership with the North London Forensic Service and Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Mental Health Trust. It explores the context of the urban music styles popular with the demographic in secure mental health in patient settings and describes our award-winning approach which draws on culturally-relevant music activities.
Each year our music industry mentors provide 4,000 songwriting, beatmaking, production and recording sessions on the wards for over 2,500 children, young people and adults in acute, intensive care, forensic and rehabilitation in-patient treatment. The world of in patient mental health is largely hidden from view and often misunderstood – especially in the forensic context – so we hope this article will contribute to improved awareness of the benefits that music can bring to wellbeing and recovery.