Chroma partners up with the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation to provide music therapy for neuro-rehab patients

Chroma has announced a new partnership with the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF), to provide music therapy to patients who are undergoing neuro-rehabilitation.

QEF is a disability charity dedicated to helping people of all ages increase their independence and achieve their goals. Their services range from neuro-rehabilitation for people with an acquired brain injury to learning to drive a car with disabilities and gaining the confidence to live independently. Their 17-bed Neuro-Rehabilitation Service (NRS) has a multi-disciplinary team of therapists providing residential, day and outpatient services. They are focused on helping people maximise their recovery after a stroke, neurological illness or a brain injury.

Chroma, the UK’s leading arts therapy provider, will initially deliver a pilot project at QEF’s Neuro Rehabilitation Service, with a mix of clients ranging from minimally responsive clients to the more able clients.

QEF have used art and music activities in the past and noticed the positive impact it can have on clients. Both Chroma and QEF have a similar approach to neuro-rehabilitation and QEF were impressed by Chroma’s evidence-based neurologic music therapy.

Janet Schmitt, Head of Rehabilitation and Care Services at QEF, said: “We are excited to be working in partnership with Chroma, there are some good synergies not only in their approach with clients but also their philosophy of holistic and person-centred rehabilitation.  At QEF we aim to support each person to achieve their goals and we can see that Chroma share that philosophy.

“Starting with the pilot project, we anticipate that our clients will benefit greatly from this interdisciplinary approach to deliver measurably improved outcomes.

Daniel Thomas, managing director of Chroma, said: “We are very pleased to have partnered up with QEF. We are looking forward to getting started and working with QEF’s clients in the coming months.

“We know the extent to which neurologic music therapy, in particular, can dramatically enhance people’s communication, physical movements as well as overall motivation, emotion and well-being. NMT as an intervention has defined outcomes, is evidence-based, cost-effective and can be used alongside traditional therapies. We feel our partnership with QEF is a great fit in the process of improving outcomes for more people living with acquired brain injuries.”