Artwork evaluation project – Let us know what you think about the arts collection at MKUH

Date: 30/04/2024

Did you know that Milton Keynes University Hospital has the largest private art collection in the city? Evidence has shown the positive impact that arts – including paintings, photographs, sculptures, music and much more – has on the health and wellbeing of individuals. To support this work within the NHS, and highlight the importance of continuing to develop the arts collection across MKUH to support patient and staff wellbeing, we are launching a programme to understand the views of people who use the hospital.

The evaluation programme, performed at MKUH in collaboration with Arts for Health and the Open University, will enable us to capture the views of staff, patients and the public and will form an accurate and up-to-date evaluation of the impact of the art collection in the hospital. Feedback is welcomed from all users of the hospital and there are several ways that you can provide your views:

  • Online survey: You can complete a short survey online using the link here:
  • Interviews: At the end of the survey, there is the option to sign up to a more in-depth (20-30 minutes) interview with researchers from the Open University
  • Drop-ins: Stands will be held in the main entrance and outside the Eaglestone Restaurant at MKUH throughout May where you can drop-in to provide your thoughts

The survey will open on Monday 1 May. If you would like to know more about the project, or have any questions, please contact the MKUH Communications team or Lead Researcher from the Open University Dr Laura McGrath ([email protected]).

The project is being led by Dr Nikos Reissis, Orthopaedic Consultant at MKUH and Honorary Associate Professor at University College London (UCL).

Data and security

Please note that your responses to the survey will be stored securely, and then combined with other responses to be analysed. There won’t be a way to tell who said what in the survey – we will only report what people said overall.

If you choose to also complete an interview, only the research team will have access to anything which identifies you. We may use quotes from your interview, but we won’t use your name or any identifying information.

We will use the survey data and interviews to write up a report about the art collection which may be published publicly. The Open University may also use the responses in academic publications. In all of these publications, your responses would be anonymous.

This research project has been reviewed by, and received a favourable opinion, from The Open University Human Research Ethics Committee – HREC reference number: 2024-0198-1.