Welcome to arts for health website for South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

We're passionate about the importance of the arts in healthcare and the difference it can make to the experiences of our service users and staff. We work with artists, musicians, writers and other creative professionals to deliver stimulating activities for service users. We are often closely involved with any new building or refurbishment projects at the Trust and we work closely with clinical staff and partners in the community to maintain a high quality delivery. Our programme supports the Spirituality, Equality and Diversity and Anti-stigma agendas.


Rabbit Picture

Garden fence mural for Redwoods Centre wards - project by artist Sarah Evans with service users.

The Arts for Health team

Picture of Arts for Health team

Project Manager

Jessica Kent

Jessica has a background in arts project management previously working for over 15 years in education and community settings as a project manager and consultant. Within a health setting, she previously was Arts Manager for the Cancer Centre Arts Programme at the Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Jessica has worked for the Trust developing the arts programme for Shropshire and Telford since 2009 and as Arts Lead since 2011.


Project Co-ordinators:

Helen Wilson

Over the last 17 years Helen has worked within the arts and learning sector, local authorities, theatres and health organisations.
This entailed facilitating and managing arts and cultural activities to all parts of the community focusing on outreach and health setting opportunities.
Helen has worked part time at the Trust since 2012 as a Project worker for Arts for Health.


Eleanor Babb

Eleanor is our Projects Co-ordinator for South Staffordshire. She has an expertise in photography and has helped established our Art boxes and more recently Photo Box scheme. Eleanor has worked in the region for the last eight years as a freelance photographer and artist within a range of community and education projects.  

Contact details

Jessica Kent, Jessica.kent@mpft.nhs.uk 01743 210048 / 07814 752783
Helen Wilson, helen.wilson@mpft.nhs.uk 01785 221328
Eleanor Babb, eleanor.babb@mpft.nhs.uk 01785 221328.