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24 The nordoff robbins music therapy service at marie curie hospice
  1. Joseph Jezard
  1. Marie Curie Hospice Hampstead, UK and Nordoff-Robbins, UK

Abstract

Introduction The music therapy provision at Marie Curie Hospice Hampstead was established in September 2016. The service is provided by Nordoff-Robbins, the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK. The therapeutic approach is based on Nordoff-Robbins music therapy theory,1 Community Music Therapy theory2 and Resource Orientated music therapy theory.3 The findings presented here are taken from a service evaluation report undertaken in March 2017.

Aim(s) To inform music therapists and other health care professionals how a successful music therapy provision can be implemented and of the perceived impact a music therapy service can have within a hospice or similar setting.based on findings from a service evaluation report.

Marie Curie aims to ‘help people and their families with terminal illness make the most of the time they have together by delivering expert care, emotional support, research and guidance.‘ (1) This study will present if Nordoff Robbins music therapy fulfils the aim.

Method(s) Questionnaires were distributed to service-users, family members, carers, friends, staff and the music therapist. Where appropriate participants were also asked to leave comments.

Results The findings show that music therapy was seen to have a positive impact in four key themes: 100% of the respondents reported that music therapy had a positive impact on the skills and working environment within the Marie Curie Hospice, 96% of respondents reported that music therapy enabled people to engage in music, 93% of respondents reported a positive impact on interaction, communication and relationships and 90% of respondents reporting a positive impact of quality of life and well being.

Conclusion(s) Marie Curie aims to ‘help people and their families with terminal illness make the most of the time they have together by delivering expert care, emotional support, research and guidance.4 The results from the service evaluation indicate that the music therapy provision successfully contributes to the attainment of these aims and is a valued intervention.

References

  1. . Nordoff P, Robbins C. Creative Music Therapy: A Guide to Fostering Clinical Musicianship (2nd Edition) 2007. Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Publishers.

  2. . Pavlicevic M, Ansdell G, (Eds). Community Music Therapy 2004. London: Jessica Kingsley

  3. . Rolvsjord R. Resource-Oriented Music Therapy in Mental Health Care 2010. Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Publishers.

  4. . Marie Curie2017. Vision and Strategic Plan, UK, viewed 13 June 2017 https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/who/plans-reports-policies/vision-strategic-plan.

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