About the NHS at BHWC

Brighton Health and Wellbeing Centre was founded in July 2013 by Gary Toyne (Managing Partner), Dr Laura Marshall-Andrews (Clinical Partner) and Chris Dance.

The practice is built on the principles of Narrative Medicine and Medical Humanity. We believe that conventional medicine and other forms of therapy can work well together. As an example, people undergoing chemotherapy can often benefit from acupuncture, massage, relaxation techniques and nutritional advice. This has been well demonstrated by the Maggie Centres for many years.

People are all different, and will respond differently to various forms of treatment. Careful diagnosis and working closely with patients can help to develop treatment plans which reflect not just the illness but the person who has the illness. Hippocrates said "It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has".

Dr Marshall-Andrews and Chris Dance had jointly cared for a number of patients over the years and it was the story of one patient that gave rise to Robin Hood Health Foundation, a fund set up to help improve access to non-NHS therapies for patients at BHWC on low incomes.

Through our Healing Arts Centre we run programmes in literary arts, performance arts, singing groups, and visual arts. These programmes can help people to deal with loss, trauma and illness and can be used to develop greater reflection and understanding of oneself.

We have founded the Brighton Narrative Medicine and Medical Humanities Group which is committed to setting up a faculty of Narrative Medicine at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School.