We are excited to welcome back Phoene Cave as our Singing for Breathing facilitator. She will be spending one day a week at each hospital to deliver group workshops, one-to-one sessions with patients and to evaluate and develop the programme. Here's what Phoene had to say about her role:
'I am delighted to have been appointed to deliver and review the Singing for Breathing programme for rb&hArts at Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals.
'Between 2008 and 2010 I worked at Royal Brompton Hospital delivering the (at the time) innovative Singing for Breathing programme, working with both inpatients, outpatients and staff, as well as taking part in two randomised control trials. I also recorded and produced a Singing for Breathing CD which patients can use at home.
'I am very excited to return to look at how the programme is currently running, and how best practice can be maintained with the possibility of new ideas being introduced. I want the programme to meet the needs of as many patients as possible at both sites: for staff to understand the efficacy and enjoyment of singing for breathing; and finally to explore new ways of embedding the programme across the wider hospital environment, linking with both the community and also the wider arts programmes delivered by rb&hArts.
'In 2010 I worked as Head of Music Services for London at the Nordoff Robbins music therapy service, setting up music therapy projects within the London centre and at care homes, nurseries, hospitals and schools. In 2013, I worked with funding from the public health department of Wandsworth Council to set up a community choir in Roehampton. For the past two years I have been working as a music therapist at HMP & YOI Bronzefield, further extending my experience and understanding of how music making can be transformative for both individuals and environments.
'In 2008, Singing for Breathing at Royal Brompton Hospital was one of only two such projects; the idea has now expanded to the degree that there are over 40 groups running nationally. The British Lung Foundation (BLF) are funding a training programme for other singing leaders to set up and run new groups across the country. I am delivering this training and will ensure that links are maintained between the BLF training programme and Singing for Breathing here at rb&hArts. We will be sure to update you of new developments in the service.'