Bringing music medicine to the NHS

By Jane Elliott Health reporter, BBC News                    

                                                               

Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale recognised the power of music

When Florence Nightingale wrote her seminal guide to nursing she cited the importance of music to the patient.

Now more than 100 years later, the training college that takes her name is to employ its first composer in residence.For a year, John Browne will work with the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery at King's College, London.Among other projects he aims to compose choral pieces for a Florence Nightingale Memorial Service in Westminster Abbey in June and to create a songbook for nurses to use in children's wards."This is a very different and very exciting opportunity for me," he said..............