LIBRARIES AND HEALTH

Welcome to H.A.L. led by Dr Malcolm Rigler and The Sound Agents

Dr MALCOLM RIGLER

"My twenty four years as a family doctor have convinced me that many of the ‘medical’ complaints reported by patients are in fact the physical manifestations of social, psychological and emotional problems. 

To create a healthier nation we must start by encouraging inclusive and harmonious relationships in a society where so many find themselves socially excluded. The principal killers are not cancer and heart disease but lack of social support, poor education and stagnant economies. "I am 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. Socially engaged artists are in a very strong position to lead this much needed transformation of both GP  practice and the Community Library Service. If we are to improve the nation’s health, a key role for a modern general practice team must be to act as an agent for social justice to build opportunities for social engagement through better education and skills training, improved social networks, and meaningful employment opportunities, including voluntary work". Dr Malcolm Rigler 2016   

“I always wanted to do all I could to help patients to fully appreciate and understand the fragility and complexity of their own bodies, but I wanted this to go beyond biological facts and simple health education. I believe we could sow the seed of total enchantment with the human, help us all to find a meaning in life and so to value ourselves, our neighbours and the community in which we live"

The Sound Agents

Liverpool based Artists John Campbell and Moira Kenny:The Sound Agents specialise in visual arts working across media including public art, oral history, film and  photography. They record, collect and archive personal stories and design project work from concept through to evaluation. The work of Art being a collective experience, validating a collaborative relationship with the community focussing on Art, Health and Heritage.

The Sound Agents recorded The Liverpool Chinatown Oral History 2014 funded by HLF, a unique insight in to the oldest Chinese community in Europe. They have two major public art installations on show in Liverpool presently:  'Opera for Chinatown' Duke Street and 'Dulce et Decorum Est' a WW1 commemoration, Bold Street. The organisation has been documented as case studies for Arts Professional and Arts Council England.

John Campbell and Moira Kenny are currently designing and developing a Museum in a shipping container for Chinatown Liverpool working in partnership with LJMU and The Open Eye Gallery

The Sound Agents co-founded the Libraries and Health project with Dr Malcolm Rigler and are available for design and consultation work. Please contact Thesoundagents@gmx.co.uk www.soundagents.blogspot.com

Raj Adgopul

Raj arrived in England with £5 in his pocket and a dream to make a difference. The £5 is long gone, but the desire to take on new challenges has never left him.

As a specialist in Public Health Raj’s interest has always lain in preventing health problems in a wide range of social contexts, and improving health and life for people for the long term. In 2013 he completed a Post Graduate diploma in Social Entrepreneurship.

Raj has worked with International Companies by providing consultancy, problem-solving and development advice.
Raj’s most recent project has been to successfully organise and deliver a Hackathon www.nhsnavigationhack.co.uk to design an App to improve the NHS for migrants and to address the challenge of reducing A&E attendances.

Raj Adgopul  Specialist in Community Public Health Nursing and/or Director of First Byte CIC.

Email: adgopulraj@gmail.com

Raj says, “To achieve big changes and to make a real difference you don’t really need a lot of money, you need to know how to connect the right people working towards a common goal"

Born in Poole, Dorset Dr Malcolm Rigler became an NHS GP in 1973 in the Royal Forest of Dean having completed his medical training at Bristol University and subsequently working as a junior hospital doctor in Gloucester, Cheltenham and Hereford.He later led a multi disciplinary GP project in Balsall Heath , Birmingham whilst a Research Fellow , Birmingham University , Department of Theology and Religious Architecture. Later , during the 1980 and 1990s, his surgery Team at Withymoor Village Surgery (Dudley) took a creative arts approach to facilitating communication between doctors, patients, staff and the community to promote health and wellbeing. The various projects undertaken very soon led him to see the vital contribution the new digital technologies could make to health promotion and patient education. Widely regarded as a pioneer of arts and health work. Dr. Malcolm Rigler's current focus is on libraries and health partnerships. 

"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. It is only these developments that can satisfactorily address the widening digital divide that day by day leads to more and deeper divisions or "health inequalities" in our society. In fact I am now completely convinced that the GP and the Health Visitor within the NHS and Local Govt. have 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 GPs , Health Visitors and Librarians across the whole of the UK. Health Visitors and Community Arts people are in a very strong position to lead this much needed transformation of Health Visiting , GP practice and Community Library Services".

 

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                                                                                     Contact: Thesoundagents@gmx.co.uk  Website: www.soundagents.blogspot.com 

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