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Singing for Lung Health Choir

12 week Pilot Evaluation of a Singing for Lung Health Choir in collaboration with Queen Square Medical Practice and The Gregson Community & Arts Centre.  Funding awarded by the NIHR Managed Recovery Fund.  More info here

Breath of Fresh Air
Singing for lung health choir
"My breathing improved after the sessions and I had a lift to carry me through the week"
What?
Bi-weekly choir for people with lung
conditions, led by trained choir leaders. The
choir was delivered through a partnership
between Queen Square Medical Practice and
The Gregson, Lancaster. Funded by NIHR
CRN NWC. The choir was named 'Breath of
Fresh Air' by the participants.
Who?
People with lung conditions reached through
Queen Square Medical Practice (15-20
regularly). Coordinated by: Elley Sowerby
(QSMP) and Rachael Eastham (The Gregson).
Led by: Charlie Brown and Janet Swan.
Supported by Alison Bird and Catherine
Townsend (QSMP Nurses) and Morecambe
Bay Respiratory Network.
"So much more fun than getting another prescription!"
Why?
There is evidence that singing is good for people
with lung conditions like asthma and COPD helps
improve quality of life. Generally. creative activities
can help boost positivity. Taking health support into
community settings outside of clinical spaces can
also be beneficial and offers a holistic approach
consistent with the aims of social prescribing.
How?
Co-designed delivery with participants
(time, day, songs, name etc.). Digital
sessions initially at the request of
participants to limit risks of Covid-19 moving
to bi-weekly meetings face to face at the
Gregson Centre. Choir involves breathing
and relaxation exercises and songs selected
to help improve breathing management.
“It's a shame the choir will stop due to lack of funding now we are getting to know each other. We sang most beautifully, you'd have never guessed we all have lung health problems"
What
next?
There is evidence that singing is good for people
with lung conditions like asthma and COPD helps
improve quality of life. Generally. creative activities
can help boost positivity. Taking health support into
community settings outside of clinical spaces can
also be beneficial and offers a holistic approach
consistent with the aims of social prescribing.
Funding application submitted for succession
funding from the Population Health Fund. This
will be bolstered by the provision of a 'winter
warmer' social café and optional health
programme to address health inequalities e.g.
nutrition sessions. Currently awaiting funding
outcome decision.