Talking more about burnout

A personal view by Julia Bognar, Senior Clinical Pharmacist, Priory Medical Group Talking about burnout is scary, but it is important. As for someone, who has walked through it all, it is important to share my story because sharing somehow makes the entire processing part easier. However, it is so much harder to talk whenContinue reading “Talking more about burnout”

Explore the Fantastical Cardboard World of Grue!

Grue is a fantastical world created from positive energy and discarded paper, a wandering cardboard labyrinth of rooms to explore and wonders to discover.  Open weekends and school holidays between 3rd and 23rd December, 10:30 –am – 4:10pm. At the Old Parcels Office, Scarborough.  Pay what you can.  See below for an opportunity to helpContinue reading “Explore the Fantastical Cardboard World of Grue!”

Poster for Them There Then That featuring Tabitha Grove

Them There Then That

Some staff may recognise Tabitha Grove from her time as an artist working with patients in the renal unit at York. Tabitha is now performing in a solo show across Explore libraries in York during October (and touring nationally in 2023) and you’re invited to join her. It isn’t just books that hold our stories.Continue reading “Them There Then That”

Photograph of Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Theatre – Black History Month

Celebrating Black History Month with a look at What’s On at our local theatres Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough Macbeth York Theatre Royal Ballet Black Grand Opera House York Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Photograph of Diana Ionita with Happy Boy artwork by Ellie Chapman

Happy Boy

Diana Ionita visited the Arts Team’s stall at the staff benefits fair and won a piece of Ellie Chapman’s artwork, ‘Happy Boy’ (exhibited at York Hospital early this year). We’re really grateful to Diana for getting in touch to tell us what the artwork means to her. “I am currently a bank HCA for theContinue reading “Happy Boy”

Positive Origami booklet

Positive Origami

The Arts Team are delighted to have taken delivery of two boxes of Positive Origami booklets to share amongst staff and patients. Created by science-based artist Dr Lizzie Burns to lift the mood and bring smiles, origami encourages you to take time for self-care, bringing calm and focusing the mind to support resilience. The bookletContinue reading “Positive Origami”

Introducing The Duke

The name was pulled out of the hat for our ‘name the penguin’ competition at the York staff benefits fair. The winner was Katrina Mansfield and we are delighted with the new name! Katrina not only works at York hospital but is also a talented artist and has featured as one of our Hidden TalentsContinue reading “Introducing The Duke”

Photograph of two origami boats

Origami Summer

FREE workshop for all ages Anyone visiting our stall at the York Staff Wellbeing Fair would have seen the beautiful origami butterflies and games we were giving away as prizes. We love origami and see the benefits of creating something beautiful from a simple piece of paper. Anyone wanting to join this free online workshopContinue reading “Origami Summer”

Photo of York hospital

Diabetes and Me

Student Elisabeth Banks is a film student at York College and Type 1 Diabetic. She approached the hospital for support in helping her produce her final college project, a personal documentary, Diabetes and Me. It’s purpose is to inform the public about what Type 1 Diabetes is in detail, as well as sharing her ownContinue reading “Diabetes and Me”

Interactive map

Map it Well in Scarborough

An opportunity for art, sea air, walking and feeling good! Map It Well is a project created by a creative group, facilitated by artist Luke Beech, Crescent Arts Curator, Martha Cattell, Scarborough Museums Trust Special Projects Curator, Dorcas Taylor and NHS staff. The aim was to work collectively to create a resource rooted in creativity that can aid in improvingContinue reading “Map it Well in Scarborough”


Senior physiotherapist, Emma Lee, has written a personal and poignant story about loneliness. She shares her own story, offers useful support to those of us who may need it and suggests something we can all do to help us understand each other. Feeling lonely isn’t necessary an indicator of mental health problems but the twoContinue reading “Loneliness”

Photo of bee in flower

Brittany Davis

Brittany applied to exhibit her photography at York Hospital. The Arts Team found her story compelling and spoke volumes of how well the arts support wellbeing. We invited her to exhibit alongside Charley Perryn to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week. All was going well, until we received an email from Britt which read somethingContinue reading “Brittany Davis”

What’s On

Pint of Science festival and a new independent film club! PINT OF SCIENCE Global science festival 9 -11 May 2022 There are three staff members talking from the Trust for the great National ‘Pint of Science’ festival – Jillian Webster, Luke Madge and our very own Griselda Goldsbrough from the Arts Team! A series ofContinue reading “What’s On”

Humans Not Heroes – recruiting for participants

China Plate are excited to tell you that following a successful pilot in 2020 (shortlisted for a Culture, Health & Wellbeing Award, nominated for a Student Nursing Times Award), the latest call out for their co-creation project Humans Not Heroes is live! Humans Not Heroes has been created by China Plate, Coventry University and Kerry Wykes (Emergency NurseContinue reading “Humans Not Heroes – recruiting for participants”

Exhibition at Scarborough Hospital by staff member Beverley Senturk

We’ve recently installed a new exhibition of Scarborough seascape photographs by staff member Beverley Senturk. The exhibition is in the main gallery space at Scarborough hospital in the outpatients corridor on the main entrance level. Beverley is a full time Outpatients Services Administrator who has worked for York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for overContinue reading “Exhibition at Scarborough Hospital by staff member Beverley Senturk”

Creativity and Wellbeing Week

17 – 23 May 2021: Care Creativity and Wellbeing week is run by London Arts in Health and the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance. The festival started as a small event based in London in 2012 , to coincide with the Olympics. Last year, the week went national for the first time – allowing thousands more people across the UK to participate inContinue reading “Creativity and Wellbeing Week”

Boredom Busters

Boredom Buster is back, a newspaper offering creative respite to staff and patients. This new volume is all about trees and the natural world and includes everything from biophilia to yoga, origami to pub signs and Peter Pan to Grayson Perry! On pages 40 – 41 are some links to soundscapes to sit back andContinue reading “Boredom Busters”

Hands On

The power of hands, from the therapists’ view point Clay by Amanda Tose – Specialist Rheumatology Occupational Therapist Occupational Therapy helps people to engage as independently as possible with their everyday activities. This varies greatly from getting washed and dressed, making and eating a meal, using Instagram, walking their dog, reading a book, driving aContinue reading “Hands On”

Hand Medal Project

Nominate a colleague to receive a bespoke hand medal for services during the Covid-19 pandemic The Hand Medal Project  involves the work of 1584 artists and jewellers from 66 countries, with the aim of honouring the service and sacrifice of health workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Each medal has been registered with a number, allowing theContinue reading “Hand Medal Project”

Audiometer Art

The Arts Team were delighted to receive this unique artwork from Audiology who enjoyed a creative lunch break producing these brilliant drawings. “We raised this Culture Club idea at our staff meeting, and some of my colleagues joined me in thinking of something to create.  My colleague Nina joked that we could create a drawingContinue reading “Audiometer Art”

World Penguin Day 2021

Do you recognise this penguin? He’s been stuck in the 3D exhibition space on the main corridor at York hospital since Christmas! But he’s moving on soon to make room for an exciting new exhibition. We think you might miss him, so today, World Penguin Day (yes it really is World Penguin Day!), we’re celebratingContinue reading “World Penguin Day 2021”

One Year On

Dr Nicola Gill’s post One Year On is a chronological story of art that represents both the scientific and emotional dimensions of the pandemic. Nicola is a GP who works as part of a team teaching GPs in York. She has a passion for the arts and is the founder of The Art of Medicine,Continue reading “One Year On”

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