Insights

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Use Your Voice: Aphasia

We are passionate about empowering others to "use their voice" - whether this be musically, functionally and/or metaphorically.

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Identity disclosure in therapeutic relationships

This Pride month, we want to look into the benefits and risks of identity disclosure in therapeutic relationships

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Wellbeing at Chiltern

1 in 6 people experience mental health problems in the workplace - that’s over 14%. Over the past two years, we have worked hard to create a collaborative and caring operational system which is inclusive, regardless of personal circumstances.

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Why music in care homes is so important

Music and music therapy in care homes is so important, find out why

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Using music with children with SEN

Our Music Therapist, Emma shares the benefits of using music with SEN

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We are part of an exciting research study

We are part of the Music Interventions for Dementia and Depression in Elderly Care (MIDDEL) research study

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Keith

We would like to introduce you to Keith, who has hugely benefited from attending our Silver Singers group

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Developing our training

Sharing our knowledge and expertise is a key value here at Chiltern Music Therapy. One of the ways in which we embody this is through the trainings we offer for other Music Therapists and community musicians. This year, we are expanding and diversifying our training in order to widen our reach within and also outside our profession.

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Advancing Healthcare Awards 2022 Winners

We are delighted that our Duet Portal won an Advancing Healthcare Award

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Claire

We would like to introduce you to the wonderful, Claire and her carer, Lins.

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“Working 9 to 5”… in a Hospital!

Our Music Therapist, James, shares what it’s like to work as a Music Therapist in a hospital

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Maternal Mental Heath

Birth trauma can have a significant impact on those giving birth and their families. For Maternal Mental Health Day, we wanted to highlight some of the ways that music can help to promote wellbeing during labour and birth

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Evelyna

4 year old Evelyna has global development delay. See how Music Therapy with our therapist, Gareth is transforming her life

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Autism Acceptance

This week is World Autism Acceptance Week and we wanted to re-share this honest piece from our Autism Coach and Music Therapist Cléa who has autism

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Music Therapy and Mental Health

Our Music Therapist, Alice shares how they work with and support those struggling with their mental health through music therapy

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Disability Day of Mourning

Today, 1st March is Disability Day of Mourning. It is also World Music Therapy Day. Our Autism Coach Cléa shares why this is problematic.

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Chesham Music Therapy Hub

We are delighted to be launching a Music Therapy Hub in the heart of Chesham

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Supporting those with dementia and Alzheimer's

Our Music Therapist, Vicky, shares her experiences of supporting those with dementia and Alzheimer's

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Our 2020-21 Annual Report

We are delighted to share our 2020-21 Annual Report

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Digital Aphasia Music Group

Our digital aphasia music groups launched in November 2020 in partnership with Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and funded by Biffa. The groups aimed to enable stroke survivors and patients with communication difficulties to continue meeting other people in their community and attend a weekly social event during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Regional Neurological Rehabilitation Unit (RNRU) at Homerton University Hospital

From March 2021 - April 2022, this Neurologic Music Therapy pilot service ran at the Regional Neurological Rehabilitation Unit (RNRU) at Homerton University Hospital. The pilot project was co-funded by Irwin Mitchell and Chiltern Music Therapy.

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Jamming Group - West Sussex

In partnership with West Sussex Mind, Chiltern Music Therapy ran a 12 week digital music jamming group project in 2021. The project was funded by the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund.

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School Voices - Our Music Therapy Services in Education

We offer half day and full day services within a range of educational settings, providing a mixture of one-to-one sessions, group music therapy or community music sessions. Click through to see a recent overview of our services in education settings.

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Impact of Music Therapy in Mainstream Primary Schools

Chiltern supports children and young people with a range of needs including learning disabilities, mental health, social or behavioural difficulties. Our music therapy sessions are tailored to the child or young person to help meet their needs and reach their goals.

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Trafford Intermediate Neuro Rehab Unit (INRU)

This 3-month Neurologic Music Therapy pilot service at the Intermediate Neuro Rehab Unit (INRU) at Trafford Hospital was charitably funded by the Trust and ran for 1 day a week from May 2022 - July 2022. The data collected demonstrates that Neurologic Music Therapy increases patient engagement in rehab, helps achieve rehab goals, and works well in collaboration with the existing therapies and interventions at INRU.

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Special School Music Therapy service outcomes

Chiltern provides Music Therapy in individual and group sessions in a number of special schools in England, developing transferable skills for learning, developing social skills and supporting positive mental health.

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Houghton Regis Singing Café

The Houghton Regis Singing Café is a weekly singing group focussed on the wellbeing of older adults who are isolated and those who have a diagnosis of early-mid stages of dementia. Participants are referred into the group by Social Prescribing Link Workers.

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Duet Portal

Identifying a need for more robust, systematic evaluation of these digital services and to assess the effectiveness of different types of music therapy provision, a comparative, qualitative study aimed to compare and explore the effects of remote digital music therapy, in-person therapy and multimodal combined music therapy delivery.

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Buckinghamshire Neuro Rehab Unit - Neurologic Music Therapy pilot

In March 2021 Chiltern Music Therapy completed a 12 month pilot Neurologic Music Therapy service with Buckinghamshire Neuro Rehab Unit at Amersham Hospital. The pilot, co-funded by Heart of Bucks and Chiltern Music Therapy, took place in a very challenging time but still reports positive results despite the additional obstacles.

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Here are a few stats on our impact in 2020/21

1489
people accessed our services
834
of those were over 18 years old
1000
people attended our trainings
150
new services started
25
counties were covered
400
people got in touch with us
12
new pilot studies took place
82
university and organisation affiliations
£40k
was generously donated