University of Gloucestershire’s School of Health and Social Care has appointed a Programme Director and Strategic Lead for its new Arts, Health, and Wellbeing Centre.

Amabel Mortimer has joined The Store, a centre of excellence for new health technologies and innovation that will complement the care provided by NHS Health and social care partners.

A collaborative project between the University and One Gloucestershire partners, the new facility at the University’s City Campus will offer people with mental and physical health issues access to a range of socially prescribed creative arts programmes.

Working closely with One Gloucestershire’s Social Prescribing and Creative Health Team, Amabel was a member of NHS boards that led on embedding Creative Health into clinical programmes. As Vice-Chair of the Voluntary and Community Sector Strategic Partnership Board, she contributed to the design and development of One Gloucestershire’s Integrated Care Strategy.

Amabel, who has joined the University from the Gloucestershire Creative Health Consortium, said:

“I’m absolutely delighted to have joined the University’s School of Health and Social Care team playing such an important role in the development of The Store, which will be a significant addition to the healthcare landscape across Gloucestershire.”