Welcoming Prof. Paul Dieppe – Our Patron

Paul DieppeNew Patron for the Youth Arts & Health Trust

We are delighted to announce that Professor Paul Dieppe is our first patron and look forward to his support and encouragement as our service grows in the future.  

Paul qualified as a doctor in London in 1970 and specialised in rheumatology. He became a professor of rheumatology in Bristol in 1987, and then Dean of the Bristol Faculty of Medicine between 1994 and 1997. He then switched to health services research and was the Director of the MRC Health Services Research Collaboration between 1997 and 2007. After that he spent a short time at the University of Oxford before moving to the Peninsular Medical School to work in clinical education research.

With the formation of the new Exeter Medical School, Paul then took on the new role of Professor of Health and Wellbeing. He is now setting up a network of people in and around Exeter with academic interests in health and wellbeing. He is also continuing his research into healing.

Laura Blatherwick, Founder of the Youth Arts & Health Trust, said “I heard Paul speak at an Arts & Health South West conference last year and I was really inspired by the clarity and passion with which he made the case for arts and health interventions, as well as his leading research into the causes of wellbeing. We are delighted to have Paul’s support and are looking forward to working with him.”