I studied music at university and specialised in performance (singing). Subsequently I did post-graduate singing performance studies and then completed music therapy training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After this I did lots of music therapy practice in a very wide range of settings including mental health, children’s services and social care.
The skills I’d learnt through musical performance translated into my own leadership development e.g. listening, attuning, responding in the moment, empathic awareness of others and self skills. This realisation supported my pursuit of furthering my education and training with more post-graduate study in leadership and management.
I’m responsible for supporting a whole range of allied health professionals including Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy, Arts therapies, Dietitians and Podiatry (foot health – I never thought I’d ever be responsible for these amazing people!).
I’ve come a long way from singing and I’m definitely not as good as I used to be at this but I know that all the time I spent learning and practicing including “how to breathe” has made a big difference in keeping me well and healthy and being integral to my identity as a health professional and leader.
Translating a message that is deeply meaningful to others
Music is all about communication and translating a message that is deeply meaningful to others. Making music is all about making connections and working together in ensembles and groups with a heightened sense of listening, responding and collaboration. The NHS needs those who have honed this type of depth of experiential learning through the arts. Those with a creative background can add value to the Culture we need to support and develop in our workplace of attuned, emotionally aware and compassionate professionals.