Cartwheel 999

Objective: To deliver a safe and innovative range of artist and clowndoctor activity at the heart of Children and Young People’s Health and Social Care Services in each Health and Social Care Trust area.

During 2017/2018 Arts Care continued to successfully deliver numerous arts, clowning and performance activities for babies, children and young people in hospital, respite and hospice care facilities. The programme outreached in to new areas of unmet need with a particular focus on young people availing of Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services including day attendance units and in-patient units across the Trust areas.

Throughout the period the clowndoctors, visual artists, performers, musicians, actors, and dancers continued to plan and deliver weekly services in key areas of children and young people’s services including into the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Belfast; Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast; the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald; NI Children’s Hospice, Derry/Londonderry and Altnagelvin Hospital, Derry/ Londonderry.

Measure: The tools and key performance indicators used to measure the impact, efficiency of service of the Cartwheel 999 Programme are:

Daily Service User Experience - Daily delivery monitoring/evaluation sheets that secure data on children’s experience of the arts and clowndoctor activity. Reflections of the healthcare staff and the children/young people’s families were collected.

Statistics - A comprehensive statistical gathering tool is operated to demonstrate numbers of participants availing of the service.

Standard of Service - Quarterly monitoring meetings with the Chief Executive of Arts Care ensured targets, quality and standard of service are being met.

Review of Service Delivery - Individual annual reviews of service delivery with each clowndoctor and artist to overview all aspects of the service and to ensure that the Cartwheel 999 activity is delivered to the highest standard.

Evaluation Outcomes - Regular observation, monitoring and review visits to all units/wards by the Arts Care Chief Executive to observe and evaluate the clowndoctor and artist practice and to evaluate the children/young people’s and staff’s response to the service.