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Melissa Bradshaw

Liverpool Philharmonic and BAPAM announce new partnership

8:55, 24th April 2019

Liverpool Philharmonic has announced a new partnership with the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM).

BAPAM provides free, specialist health support to performing artists and will be working in partnership with Liverpool Philharmonic by hosting a new, free GP-led and confidential monthly clinic at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall for musicians in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as other performing arts professionals and students in Liverpool and the North West.

The clinic is open to individuals who make a proportion of their living from, or study in the performing arts, and have a physical or psychological health problem related to their work. It will be led by Dr Marie McKavanagh, a performing arts medicine specialist GP and musician who has completed the MSc Performing Arts Medicine course at University College London.

BAPAM clinicians can provide accurate diagnosis, provide impartial help, information and referrals to the most appropriate and effective sources of care for musicians and performing artists both in the NHS and from other specialists. They can also provide advice about sources of financial support for people experiencing health problems affecting their ability to work or study.

Claire Cordeaux, director of BAPAM, said: ‘Liverpool Philharmonic has pioneered an exemplary approach to developing and supporting performance excellence through providing specialist health and wellbeing services to their musicians in the orchestra. The positive effects of this investment are proving that performer wellbeing and artistic excellence are interlinked. Taking care of both also makes good business sense. Performers are healthier, happier and better prepared for elite performance.’

For further information visit www.bapam.org.uk or call BAPAM on 020 7404 8444 to book a free confidential appointment for the monthly clinics at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, commencing Wednesday 1 May at 10am.

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