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Stephen has been a music therapist for over 20 years working as a senior manager in the NHS developing arts therapies services including Head of Music Therapy Services at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and Consultant Music Therapist in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services at South West London & St. George’s Mental Health NHS Trust. He is Professional Lead for Allied Health Professionals at East London NHS Foundation Trust,¬†as well as the full range of AHPs, i.e. Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Speech and Language Therapists, Dietitians and Paramedics etc his remit includes strategic oversight of a research active team of over 75 arts therapists and trainees working across the full range of care groups from child to older adult services. Stephen’s strategic work at a national level includes a range of roles including being Chair of the Association for Professional Music Therapists and Arts therapies representative on Health Education England Allied Health Professions Advisory Group. Currently he is a member of the Council for Allied Health Professions Research Strategy Group. He is an avid Brompton bike rider and enjoys whizzing around London seeking out all opportunities to support the development of arts therapies and arts in health. @stsandford @ELFTArts

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