Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s (NSFT) service users have
helped to improve the environment in which they receive care by creating a
colourful mural as part of an innovative project designed to promote wellbeing
Patients using Glaven Ward at Hellesdon Hospital in Norwich have designed and
painted a large countryside scene on a blank wall in the communal lounge. The
image is made up of one large young tree, onto which service users can add
leaves and messages of hope, against a backdrop of ancient hedgerow, woodland
and wildflower meadow which is inspired by the Norfolk landscape.
The mural has been created as part of a photography project, which saw service
users given the chance to explore woodland at the hospital site and capture images
of nature under the guidance of Stephanie Hartick from Art Branches Community
Some of their images were used to inspire the mural, while others have been
blown up and displayed around the ward to brighten the environment for patients,
carers and staff.
Suzi Peet, who is an Occupational Therapist on the ward, said: “We are
delighted with the mural – it covers the entire wall and looks really striking.
The design is the mirror image of the scene you see when you look out of the
lounge window over the fields, so looks especially effective.
“We’ve left most of the branches on the main tree bare so that service users
can add leaves and their own messages of hope over time, so that it
continuously grows and gives even more people the chance to get involved and
express their creativity.
“The project has been received really well by our service users, with lots of
them keen to get involved with taking photos or helping with the mural. It’s
also been a really great conversation starter and a nice group activity which
has given them the chance to get creative outside the ward environment.”
Stephanie, who is Creative Director of Art Branches, said: “The project has
been really successful, and has helped to engage service users and spark their
interest. Everyone has enjoyed taking part, and it was nice to see them
concentrating on creating the landscape and working together to do so.
“The mural will change over time as more and more leaves are added to the tree,
so will continue to be engaging and interactive for people using the ward long
into the future.”
The project was funded by the Woodland Trust as part of its Tree Charter, and
gave service users – some of whom can spend several months on the ward
receiving treatment – the chance to pursue their interests or try out a new
activity away from a clinical setting.
It is hoped that similar projects will take place on some of the other wards at
Hellesdon Hospital in the future.
Caption: Modern Matron Heidi McKay and the mural on Glaven Ward.
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