Dr Helen Noble, Dr Claire Carswell and Anna Wilson, were awarded funding by the Economic and Social Research Council Impact Acceleration Account, to work in partnership with the Northern Health and Social Care Trust, to develop guidelines for future implementation of volunteer-led arts interventions in renal units.
The guidelines were developed via a series of online meetings and workshops with NHSCT staff, patients and artists. Due to restrictions imposed by the pandemic, the guidance now reflects the need for virtual volunteers in renal units who will support patients taking part in online arts activities, as well as in-person arts provision.
The guideline document, along with an infographic outlining the project, will be available to download very soon.
In 2017, supported by the work of RAG, Dr Helen Noble was successful at securing full time funding for Claire Carswell, a mental health nurse with a psychology degree, to undertake a PhD studentship aimed at developing and implementing an arts-based intervention for patients during their haemodialysis treatment. Claire spent several months providing one-to-one art sessions during patients' treatment.
Claire has received funding from the Queen’s University School of Nursing and Midwifery Marcia Mackie Travel Scholarship, Kidney Care UK and Northern Ireland Kidney patient Association to support her research. Claire has also received a number of awards during her PhD studies including the best Manuscript Scholarship Award, First Place at the EDTNA/ERCA Conference in Genoa, 2018 and the RCN Foundation Impact Award for London, 2020. Her work has been highly influential and far reaching.
Read more about Claire's study
- Carswell, C; Reid, J; Walsh, I; McAneney, H; Noble, H. Implementing an arts-based intervention for patients with end-stage kidney disease whilst receiving haemodialysis: A feasibility study protocol; 2020. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 5 (1)1.
- Carswell, C; Reid, J; Walsh, I; McAneney, H; Baxley-Lee, J; Noble, H. Complex arts-based interventions for patients receiving haemodialysis: A realist review. Arts and Health; 2020.
- Carswell, C., Reid, J., Walsh, I. et al. A mixed-methods feasibility study of an arts-based intervention for patients receiving maintenance haemodialysis. BMC Nephrol 21, 497 (2020)
Watch Claire's presentations
William Johnston was has contributed two 'Patient's Perspective' articles to the Journal of Kidney Care about the potential benefits of the arts for renal patients on dialysis and post-transplant. His first article The Renal Arts Group: a source of creativity and communication was included in the September 2019 issue of the journal and outlines his own renal arts journey, how RAG was formed and the continued development of the group. His second article COVID-19 and the UK lockdown: new challenges for the renal arts movement in Northern Ireland was published in November 2020 examines the challenges for renal patients during the pandemic and how William and the Renal Arts Group sought to overcome these issues.
Read William's articles for the Journal of Kidney Care
- Johnston, W. The Renal Arts Group: a source of creativity and communication, 2019, Journal of Kidney Care Vol. 4, No. 5
- Johnston, W. COVID-19 and the UK lockdown: new challenges for the renal arts movement in Northern Ireland, 2020, Journal of Kidney Care Vol. 5, No. 6