Specialist training for musicians keen to work in healthcare settings

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Specialist training for musicians keen to work in healthcare settings

Musicians from across the East Midlands who are keen to develop their experience of working in healthcare settings are invited to apply for places on a specialist training programme running in Derby in October.

Comprising a mix of theoretical and practical work, the five-day ‘Music in Healthcare Settings’ training course explores the skills required of musicians working within healthcare environments and considers the use of music in ‘humanising’ hospitals for patients, visitors and staff. While the training focusses on working with hospitalised children and young people, the theoretical background and practice will also benefit those who wish to work with other age groups and in other healthcare settings.

Managed and run by OPUS Music CIC, ‘Music in Healthcare Settings’ is backed by Derbyshire Children’s Hospital, Leicester City Council and national charity Youth Music: additional support is provided by partner hospitals across the East Midlands, together with Derbyshire City and County Music Service and Natal Percussion. The application process is being directed by soundLINCS – the Lincoln-based community music education charity.

The ‘Music in Healthcare Settings’ training course will be based at the Kedleston Road Training & Development Centre in Derby on 25/26/29/30/31 October 2012 (10.00am-4.00pm) and includes two half-days at Derbyshire Children’s Hospital.

Musicians interested in enrolling are invited to get in touch with Erin Cook at soundLINCS on 01522 510073, e-mail erin@soundlincs.org or visit www.soundlincs.org

The closing date for applications is Friday 31 August 2012. Successful applicants will be asked to make a contribution of £75 towards training costs and will be expected to have a current CRB certificate.

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