Refer to Us

You will find below all information regarding making a referral to Arts on Prescription provided in Gloucestershire by Artlift.

Referrals to our current residency in Wiltshire are solely through GPs and other health professionals in the Malmesbury Primary Care Centre.

Full criteria for each of the following programmes are on our Referral forms, which you can download by clicking on the relevant programme name.


Download a Referral form and Programme Criteria

  • Create Well – for people living with mental health issues
  • Living Well – for people living with long-term persistent pain (coming soon)
  • Flourish – for people living with and beyond cancer (coming soon)

Arts on Prescription during social distancing

Artlift is currently delivering Arts on Prescription remotely – online for those able to engage with the technology and by telephone/post for those who are not.

We will resume face-to-face group sessions in line with Government and NHS guidance and in close liaison with our participants, health sector co-producers and artists.

Who can make a referral?

Any professional involved with the health and wellbeing of adults in Gloucestershire can refer to Artlift. This includes (but not exclusively): GPs, nurses, social prescribers, psychologists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. 

What will participants experience?

The work we do isn’t art therapy, but is beneficial therapeutic arts input, looking at wellbeing, combating social isolation, learning new skills, and creating support networks. Participants will be paired with an Artlift Artist to access:

  • 10 weekly sessions (drawing on a range of artforms / genres) to support their learning, for feedback and/or to meet others (online or by telephone if they don’t have access to technology)
  • 4 creative health coaching sessions with a trained Artist who’ll facilitate setting of achievable goals and creation of a progression (‘Move On’) plan, which may include grouping with others to sustain a participant led group
  • Online or posted resources (filmed tutorials, worksheets, etc)
  • An online platform and/or posted images through which to share artwork and progress with each other

The courses are free to participants and most materials are provided albeit, whilst working remotely, people will also be encouraged to use / re-use items around the home / garden.

To manage the expectations of people you refer to Artlift, you should make them aware that we will run 3 terms this year:

  • May – Jul/Aug
  • Sep – Nov/Dec and
  • Jan – Mar

If we exceed our maximum capacity (of 15 per group), they may face a wait until the following term.

The referrals process

  1. Check commitment: first, discuss the option of Artlift with the person you are considering a referral for to ensure firm commitment to attendance. This will help ensure we allocate limited places to people likely to see the course through (albeit we understand there will always be some changes in people’s health/circumstances which are outside their control)
  2. Complete a Referral Form for the relevant programme: If you both agree an Arts on Prescription intervention would be beneficial then please download a form for the relevant programme above.

    If you need to contact us, please e-mail: ensure you complete all sections, where possible together, or at least that the person being referred has sight of the form before it is sent to us.

    We are non-clinical practitioners, so this form is an important element of our eligibility check and risk assessment.

  3. Gain participant consent: wherever possible, please ensure the participant signs the Referral Form (this can be a scanned in e-signature cut and pasted into the form).If you are unable to get his /her signature on the Part C (consent required) section of the form (because you are working with the person remotely), please forward the form without a signature and we will follow up with him / her to gain signed consent.
  4. Send us the Referral Form: e-mail the form to
    If this is not possible, please post to:
    Artlift Referrals 
    PO Box 3255
    GL1 9FZ

Please note:

  • If a referral is incomplete, Artlift will return it to the referrer for completion.
  • If a referral is not appropriate it will be returned to the referrer explaining why.

What happens after the referral has been made?

New referrals are added to the database by the Artlift team every few weeks.

The person you referred will be contacted via email, text or telephone call, asking for further details when required to ensure the programme they’ve been referred to is a good match, that we’re able to meet their access requirements and to find out whether our online or offline remote courses are best suited to them. They’ll also be given information regarding different courses, enabling informed choice.

The artist leading their chosen group will then contact the person referred and talk them through the activities on offer, how to access online platforms (where appropriate) and have a first Creative Health Coaching conversation with them prior to their course starting.

Whilst we’re working remotely, all participants will receive a ‘Welcome Pack’ with information and art materials.

On our Create Well (mental health) and Living Well (chronic pain) programmes, participants and Artists may mutually agree that a second term is needed.