Learning more about the impact of Art Therapy

Evidenced-based evaluation of our work is key to understanding its impact and extending its reach. For this reason, we're committed to learning more about the effects of art therapy on young lives. 

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Lothian (Paediatric Rheumatology)

A major service review of our longest running services was conducted in 2019 in partnership NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Lothian. The evaluation work, in Glasgow and Edinburgh children’s hospitals, was completed using historic data, with the support of Paediatric Rheumatology clinicians. The findings will be shared following publication of a research paper in a specialist journal and used in the charity’s advocacy and influencing work. One headline fact the review highlighted is that 92% of the children and young people supported through Teapot Trust’s art therapy said it helped them to feel more positive. The majority of participants found the art therapy helped them to cope with their diagnosis, treatment, pain and the emotional impact of their condition.

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle University

Work is currently taking place, in partnership with Dr Simon Hackett, to develop a best practice manual for group art therapy with children and young people living with chronic conditions. When complete, this will be shared widely to enrich the lives of many more children and young people.

Research work is also in development, led by Dr Simon Hackett – which has become a collaborative project with other charities – to examine the impact of group art therapy on different sites.