Funding Success: Artist in Residence – Poetry in Primary Care

Congratulations to Carrie Jackson in the England Centre for Practice Development for being part of a successful bid to the Leverhulme Artist in Residence Scheme.

This scheme supports the residency of an individual artist in a UK university or museum in order to foster a creative collaboration between the artist and the staff and/or students of that institution.

Leah Thorn
Leah Thorn

Spoken word poet Leah Thorn will be the artist in residence. The residency will be hosted by the Centre for Health Services Studies at the University of Kent but is collaborative with the England Centre for Practice Development at CCCU.   This provides Leah with the opportunity to experience activity in two complementary but contrasting centres.

Under an umbrella concept of aging, Leah will specifically develop her work in two themes. First, with a focus on dementia, the impact of long-term conditions on the older person and their family; and second, transitions of women into the first phase of being older.

Healthcare in primary care settings is facing particular challenges in adapting to changing needs of a rapidly aging population with multiple needs, and a demoralised, shrinking workforce. The aim is for Leah to engage with this environment, and through creative writing provide new nuances that engage academics and clinicians to examine their assumptions and approaches to solutions for the current challenges.

Anticipated outcomes include:

  • extended poetic pieces and a film exploring the impact of dementia on the family
  • performances for older people’s agencies and health professionals’ forum.

Outcomes will be used as vehicles for community engagement, bridging the gap between institutions and local communities.

The residency will last for 10 months starting January 2015.  You are warmly invited to the first event:

Know Me: the use of poetry as a tool in the delivery of person-centred care

Wednesday 21st January 2015 – 5pm to 7pm
Master Class with Leah Thorn
Hosted by the England Centre for Practice Development

Booking Details
External Professionals: £5 / CCCU Staff: Free of Charge

There are a limited number of spaces for this Master Class, so if you are interested in attending this event RSVP before Wednesday 14th January 2015 to: or 01227 767700 ext. 1637

For full details, download the Leah Thorn Master Class Flyer.

About CCCU Research Development

Research Development (RD) is part of the Department of Enterprise, Employability and Research Development. RD is responsible for ensuring that Research and Enterprise is of the highest quality and meets all required internal and external standards, including managing the institutional submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF). RD leads on development and implementation of the institutional research and enterprise integrity policies, processes and best practice. It also hosts the institutional Staff Researcher Development Programme and the Early Career Researcher Programme SPARC, and is responsible for the annual Research Internship programme. RD provides strategic and targeted support for academic staff to seek and secure funding for their research and innovation activities. This includes identification of core funding opportunities and support for proposal development, alongside strategic advice and support for faculties to develop their research portfolio and capacity.

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