The Changing Landscape

Friday March 18th 2005 12:00 – 16:00 Napier Room, Hilton Hotel, Olympia, London

The meeting was called to consider who buys music therapy services in the UK and how music therapy organisations are responding to a changing public sector climate.

There has been much debate in Music Therapy about training, practice and research. We also need to consider who buys this service in the UK and how we/they contract for it. Relationships between the public sector and voluntary/charity sector are changing. Government is seeking to build capacity in the voluntary sector to deliver the services currently provided by county councils, LAs, LEAs, Social and Health Care Services.

The meeting explored the existing situation with contributors from the public sector and the service providers. The meeting identified strategies for building sustainable relationships between music therapy service providers and the public sector, with the long term aim of setting an agenda for dealing with change at a national level.