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It’s a UK first for neurological music therapy and acute trauma.

Our London office has been busy running a joint project this year with Chiltern Music Therapy at the Royal London Hospital. Chiltern is an award-winning, not-for-profit organisation that provides neurological music therapy and community music to people of all ages.

Neurological music therapy is used to help those with cognitive, sensory and motor difficulties caused by neurological disease or injury.

It is a neuro-scientific approach that uses the brain’s ability to respond to the different elements of music, specifically rhythm and tempo, and can be used to help restore an individual’s speech through the use of music and singing.

The project has involved setting up a neurological music therapy clinic within the acute trauma wards of the Royal London Hospital, treating patients with brain and spinal cord injuries, amputations, orthopaedic injuries, and neurological disease.

The focus is on promoting neurological, functional and emotional improvements to patients pre-discharge or transfer.

We believe this is the first time ever neurological music therapy has been trialled in an acute trauma setting and can’t wait to hear the results.

Aims of the project

  • To explore the positive impact of neurological music therapy on patient outcomes at discharge
  • To evidence the benefits of neurological music therapy to staff, patients and families, in the context of UK hospital care
  • To evidence cost-saving effectiveness of the service, reduced cost to out-patient teams and instances of re-admission
  • To evidence a need for expansion of the service, within the project.

Chiltern’s music therapy project finished in October and we will update you on the findings in the next issue.

Turning Point – Winter 2018

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