Music therapy is based on the belief that everyone can respond to music. Even people who are profoundly troubled or isolated can express their internal experiences through music: for some people it can be their best or only method of communication. We also believe it can be very useful to our staff – we offer courses to homes based around musicality, helping staff to think about how music and skills associated with it can be used within homes to improve quality of life.
The programme is headed by Stuart Wood, PhD, a music therapist and key influence in the practice of using music to improve quality of life for people with neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, strokes, Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. He also lectures around the world and was the first student on the Nordoff Robbins doctoral programme, which was the UK's first specialist music therapy PhD.
Through music therapy individuals supported by Barchester Healthcare are given the ability and confidence to express themselves and communicate where they may have not been able to do so previously. The results have a profound impact on individuals supported in our homes, their families and all those around them.
“The main challenge is harnessing the breadth of enthusiasm for musical work across the 17,000 staff at Barchester. It is a huge privilege to work alongside individuals with such belief in the power of music in people’s lives. In a sense this is also the great reward of the work too - when you see it bearing fruit in the lives of the people we support.” Stuart Wood, PhD, Head Music Therapist.
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