Connected Health Cities

If you could hear your health data, what would it sound like?

PRiSM doctoral researcher Zakiya Leeming led a collaboration with Connected Health Cities (CHC) to explore health data through music. Zakiya partnered with the team at the CHC Hub, and invited four RNCM doctoral researchers – composers Caroline Bordignon, Nate Chivers, Isabel Benito Gutiérrez and Tywi John Hywel Roberts – to work with teams from each of the four CHC regions (North East and North Cumbria, North West Coast, Greater Manchester and Connected Yorkshire). Watch a short video about this PRiSM Collaboration introduced by composer Zakiya Leeming here.

A music concert

#MusicSaysDataSavesLives Manchester Museum 19 September 2019

Five new pieces of contemporary music were created, each exploring a different health research project. The pieces were performed by Festivo Winds at a sold out event #MusicSaysDataSavesLives at Manchester Museum on 19 September 2019. Watch excerpts from the concert here and watch each of the full performances by visiting the individual project pages (links right and below).

A feedback card

An audience feedback card from the performance #MusicSaysDataSavesLives

Zakiya Leeming: Hub
Project partner: Dr Amanda Lamb
Connected Health Cities Hub CHC Hub

Caroline Bordignon: Silver
Project partner: Dr Kat Jackson
SMART – Smart Intervention for Local Residents

Nate Chivers: Connected
Project partner: Debbie Parkinson
PIES – Public Involvement and Engagement Senates

Tywi John Hywel Roberts: Stroke Mimics
Project partner: – Peter Mellor
Paramedics Stroke App

Isabel Benito Gutiérrez: Smooth Pinball
Project partner: Dr Mathew Mathai
ACE (Ambulatory Care Experience)

About Festivo Winds

Festivo Winds ensemble on stage

Festivo Winds performing at #musicsaysdatasaveslives Manchester Museum 19 September 2019

Festivo Winds are a dynamic Wind Quintet based in Manchester and London, formed in December of 2017 at the Royal Northern College of Music.

They are Leila Marshall (flute), Adam Bowman (oboe), Andy Mellor (clarinet), Tom Edwards (French horn). They have a keen interest in promoting arrangements and new works from emerging composers.

About Connected Health Cities

Connected Health Cities (CHC) used data and technology to improve health across the North of England. When the programme was launched, public trust in the reuse of healthcare data was low and a deep understanding of the local context, its complexity and the perspectives of those involved was crucial for success.

Regional research on how informed consensual use of health data could improve the lives of patients, and increase understanding of disease, was coordinated by a central Hub based at The University of Manchester.¹

The project included several engagement projects, including citizen juries, the social media campaigns #DataSavesLives and #MusicSaysDataSavesLives, and a short animation created in collaboration with The Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research.²

  1. Connected Health Cities is funded by the Department of Health through a not-for-profit membership organisation, the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA).
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