Welcome to PROJECT H.A.L

Health / Art / Libraries

2015 - 2017

The Health/Art/Libraries (HAL) project was founded  by Somerset based GP Dr Malcolm Rigler and Liverpool Artists John Campbell and Moira Kenny: THE SOUND AGENTS. 

The aim of the two year project was to design a website to bring people together to start a conversation about libraries and health and for future collaborations to come out of H.A.L to deliver a series of Arts Projects, Events, Publications, Workshops and Training Sessions to offer help to  patients and carers in their search for information and understanding about health, social care and life changes working along the theme of "Libraries on Prescription"

'I see the most creative future for everyone involved in "arts and health" lies in the emerging "libraries and health" partnership developments that are now taking shape. In fact I am now completely convinced that the GP within the NHS has no enjoyable or creative future until the arts led "libraries and health" partnership work is understood, valued and firmly supported in every possible way by both GPs and Librarians  across the whole of the UK. Community Arts people are in a very strong  position to lead this much needed transformation of both GP practice and the Community Library Service' Dr Malcolm Rigler GP North Somerset

“Information fully understood, is a key part of care. Patients need such help to give clear consent to treatment and investigation. This project enables patients and families to grasp the essence of the issues and play a full part in the decision making process”. Sir Kenneth Calman KCB FRCP FRSE                                                   

"A lack of imagination is the worst kind of poverty"  

  from "Not to be Ignored" by Paul Harker , Consultant in Public Health

In 2015 Dr Malcolm Rigler and The Sound Agents led by Artists John Campbell and Moira Kenny delivered a symposium at Liverpool John Moore's University to discuss ideas relating to Libraries on Prescription and collaborations between NHS and public libraries, mobile libraries and pop up libraries. 

Primary Health Care Professionals and Public and Mobile Library Staff attended to discuss potential  collaborations and the feasibility of a future joint Special Interest Group (SIG)  working with CILIP and the Royal Society for Public Health. 

Web Design Audio/Visual/Photographic material unless otherwise stated © THE SOUND AGENTS All rights reserved 2016 

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This project is created jointly by THE SOUND AGENTS & PARTNERS IN HEALTH (Midland) Ltd