Demand for music therapy treatment on the rise

Chroma Therapies, the UK’s leading national provider of arts therapy services, has been commissioned to pilot a raft of new neurologic music therapy projects at some of the UK’s leading NHS Trusts.

As public and professional awareness of improved patient outcomes offered by neurologic music therapy increases, more NHS Trusts are trialing the treatment for people with acquired brain injuries.

In the last few weeks alone, Chroma has started working with:

  • Birmingham Children’s Hospital
  • Great North Children’s Hospital
  • York General Hospital
  • The Central England Rehabilitation Unit, Leamington Spa Hospital

Daniel Thomas, managing director of Chroma, said: “Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) has grown massively in stature within clinical environments but its application was limited to specialist and privately-operated units.

“However, as the intervention has defined outcomes, is evidence-based, cost-effective and is most effective when used in partnership with other therapies, services commissioners are beginning to recognise the positive impact NMT can have on the lives of those affected by issues such as strokes and brain injuries.

“NMT is designed to help everyone from children with acquired brain injuries to older people who are suffering from dementia and can dramatically enhance people’s communication, physical movements as well as overall motivation, emotion and well-being.”

Chroma has the country’s largest music therapist network, numbering [45] working in settings from hospitals to homes and according to Daniel the perception of music therapy is changing.

“Music therapy is grouped together by the NHS with professions such as physiotherapy, radiographers and dieticians, but was not as well-recognised despite the Allied Health Profession accreditation being around for over 70 years. However, we believe that situation is changing.

“Our music therapist team has expanded to cater for the increasing demand for NMT in more settings including health, education and social care and these new pilot projects are a testament to that.”