Ros has extensive experience working in healthcare settings, developing interactive music opportunities for patients in a range of ward settings.
She leads training and mentoring for musicians in healthcare settings, organises artistic residencies for paediatric and adult hospital settings and palliative care (adult and children’s hospices), and devises training and confidence building workshops for healthcare staff.
“Your contribution to the conference was excellent with your experience as musicians working in medicine shining through”
Conference Organiser and Medical Professional, Dec 2016.
As part of Lime Music for Health, Ros works with composer Mark Fisher on Songbirds, a special project working closely with staff on a ward for children with acquired brain injury and on long term ventilation at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. With the support of the play specialist, they work with children giving them with the opportunity to experience live music and musical interaction at the bedside. Songbirds has been recognised by the Council for Disabled Children as an ‘inspiring example of listening practice in listening to individual children through music.’ (2017).
Seasons of the Sun
Ros and Mark Fisher were involved in a four year project at Robin House Children’s Hospice in Scotland, with four residencies taking place each year lasting for four days. Along with co-ordinating the project, Ros and Mark hosted musical awareness sessions and activities, and performed the evaluation and end-of-residency meetings:
Our aim was to create music with individuals and groups that was inspired by this unique environment… and to respond to the needs of all elements of the organisation, whether working with children and young people, siblings and parents, or delivering training and awareness sessions with staff and volunteers.
A case study of ‘Seasons of the Sun’ was compiled by artsandhealth.ie:
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Ros acted as workshop leader along with Duncan Chapman as part of ‘Sound Futures’; where the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and other artists worked with Deaf and Hearing Impaired young people in three Birmingham schools.