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Advancing Healthcare Awards 2018 Blog five: Steps and Hobbs

Two new deals for Chroma show how music therapy is expanding

Two new deals for Chroma this month show how the use of Neurologic Music Therapy is rapidly expanding.

Firstly, a new partnership will see NMT provided in clinical, home and community settings across the UK for Hobbs Rehabilitation.

Hobbs treats patients with conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy, acquired brain injuries, facial palsy and spinal cord injuries, and it is expected that NMT will help them to make progress in areas such as enhanced communication, speech and language gains, and improved movement and motor control.

Secondly, Chroma has become the official provider of NMT services to an innovative Yorkshire rehabilitation centre for people recovering from neurologic and multiple trauma injuries.

Sheffield-based STEPS Rehabilitation is a 23 bedroom, state of the art, short-term residential and day facility that uses as wide a range of therapies to maximise rehabilitation for clients.

The benefits of music therapy have been recognised for more than 70 years but Daniel Thomas, managing director at Chroma, believes that there is new momentum behind its adoption.

He said: “Music therapy is an official Allied Health Profession grouped together by the NHS with professions such as physiotherapy, radiographers and dieticians, but tends not to be as well known. However, we believe that situation is changing.

“More and more people are realising that, as an evidence-based intervention, NMT has defined outcomes, is evidence-based, is cost-effective and can be used alongside traditional therapies.

“It does very much feel as though NMT is reaching a tipping point in all kinds of areas, and these new deals with Hobbs and STEPS are a further sign of this happening.”

Daniel added that a further recent sign of the increased interest in arts therapy was July’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing Inquiry report.

He said: “It is highly encouraging to see the general approach that we advocate being backed at the highest level. We are certainly finding more doors open to us all of the time.”

Chroma is a sponsor of the Advancing Healthcare Awards for the new Realising Potential Through Creativity category.

Daniel said: “As a former winner of an Advancing Healthcare Award, we know how much it can mean to a business and we are very pleased to be involved in the creation of this new category, which highlights the concrete contribution that the arts make to healthcare.”