This chapter has outlined some key issues pertaining to working in healthcare, including aspects of safeguarding, health and safety, and how to engage patients and public. Its aim has been to provide those who are planning on working in healthcare with a foundation in understanding some of the most important issues that may arise and how to prepare for them; a foundation that can be built on by becoming acquainted with the institutional guidelines specific to each project.

So far, this book has explored the context for arts in health interventions and their design and delivery. One of the key themes that has emerged across the chapters is the centrality of research in arts in health, as a way of supporting the design of new interventions, ascertaining whether an intervention can deliver key health benefits (sometimes as an extension of earlier evaluation activity), helping to build the case for support and providing a stronger rationale for roll-out. In Part IV, we will turn to research in more detail, considering how a promising intervention can be taken forwards into a research project, the benefits of doing so, and the potential ways this could be carried out.


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3. White M, Robson M. Participatory Arts Practice in Healthcare Contexts. Waterford Healing Arts Trust and the Health Service Executive South (Cork) Arts + Health Programme: Centre for Medical Humanities; 2010 Oct pp. 1-13.

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