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Mental Health

For the past seven years, Jane has worked in close collaboration with occupational therapy staff and music charities across several hospitals and mental health projects.


Through this practical work, and her recently completed PhD study, Jane has developed the concept of 'Integrative Musical Interaction' (IMI) - a way of working musically that maximises trust, reciprocity, and builds confidence and skill in interacting with others.

The project which has generated most interest so far has been the award-winning community drumming group, 'The Buddy Beat' - founded to promote social inclusion among mental health service users. This 'joins up' opportunities for engagement from acute in-patient care, all the way to the community.


An occupational therapy perspective is available here - and for the group's take on it, have a look at the video below...

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Past projects have included:



Renfrewshire NHS mental health occupational therapy services


  • workshops across acute, IPCU, and continuing care wards at Dykebar Hospital, and the Royal Alexandria Hospital, Paisley

  • 'The Buddy Beat' community mental health drumming group

  • training course for Occupational Therapists and long term service  

          users to act as workshop assistants

  • many contributions towards the Renfrewshire region's programme of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival



Rowanbank Medium secure forensic unit, Glasgow 


  • in-patient music group project

  • community group in partnership with Leverndale Hospital



The State Hospital, Carstairs 


  • two hospital-based drumming projects, in collaboration with occupational therapy and activity services.



Polyphony Music Project, Gartnavel Royal Hospital, Glasgow 


  • staff training sessions in workshop practice

  • development of 'Music Together' project for patients and visitors in  continuing care wards



As well as shorter sessions and presentations for groups including:


  • College of Occupational Therapists conference - closing plenary 2013

  • Nursing in Practice conference, SECC, Glasgow

  • Bipolar Scotland annual conference

  • Penumbra - self-directed support conference

  • ACUMEN - Argyll and Clyde United in Mental Health

  • Lothian Recovery Network

  • BBC Headroom Mental Health Awareness event


Do get in touch to talk about projects, tasters, staff training and presentations.

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