Writer Brief

WRITER BRIEF

Task                                         Dr Hills Casebook Writer

Contract                                  97.5 hours

Reports to                               Project Manager (Laura Drysdale)

Fee rate                                   £28 per hour + travel expenses up to £140

Full fee                                    £2,870

Commission

The Restoration Trust wishes to commission a writer to create a script for a play based on the work of participants in the Dr Hills Casebook project.  We are looking for an excellent writer who has experience of writing for the theatre, and of working with marginalised people. An interest in history and mental health would be an advantage.

The Restoration Trust

The Restoration Trust www.restorationtrust.org.uk is a charity that helps people with mental health problems engage with heritage, art and culture; we call it culture therapy.  We create projects that are partnerships between cultural organisations such as museums, galleries, historic and archaeological sites, archives, orchestras and theatres, and organisations that work with people marginalised by mental ill health and contributing factors.

Dr Hills Casebook

Dr Hills Casebook is an archives, theatre and wellbeing project aimed at improving the wellbeing of excluded people living with mental health challenges, and stimulating public conversation comparing past and present treatment.  It uses the archives of Norfolk Lunatic Asylum while Dr William Hills was Medical Superintendent (1861-1887). These records, among them Dr Hills’ own journals, give a remarkable insight into 19th century care of the mentally ill. Their dissemination through research, theatre, film and online will illuminate contemporary mental health experiences.

Dr Hills Casebook is a partnership between the Restoration Trust, Norfolk Record Office, South Norfolk Council and UpShoot Theatre Company. Contributing organisations include Norfolk Museums Service, Norfolk Library and Information Service, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

During the project, up to 15 people living in South Norfolk with serious mental health challenges will be supported to engage in  research and creative writing at meetings based at Norfolk Record Office. This is based on our successful project Change Minds, www.changeminds.org.uk

These sessions will lead to creation of a script for Dr Hills Casebook, which will then be developed for performance by Upshoot Theatre Company based at the Fisher Theatre, Bungay.

Dr Hills Casebook will be performed 18 times in a tour of local venues, including theatres, community centres and mental health settings. The performances will include discussion where the general public, people with mental health challenges, mental health and social care professionals, heritage professionals, and people interested in the history of mental health will consider the relationships between mental health treatment now and in the past.

One performance will be filmed as a record and legacy for everyone involved.

Role of the writer

The writer will create a script incorporating materials researched by participants from the Norfolk County Asylum records during the superintendence of Dr. William Charles Hills (1861-1887)

The role requires the writer to do the following:

  • Participate in examining primary materials at the research stage, working with the Research Coordinator.
  • Share their professional opinion on the dramatic potential of the selection, with all participants and the Theatre Director.
  • Work closely with the Theatre Director to assess materials and their potential for the final script, through observing and commenting on Research and Development workshops with actors and participants.
  • Support and discuss storytelling skills with participants in conjunction with the Peer Support Storytelling Advisor. Hear the personal stories of participants and decide how and what to incorporate into the script.
  • Present the final script to the cast and respond to comments and questions.
  • Be available to agree or make changes and adaptations that become necessary through rehearsal.

Writer requirements

  • Creative excellence
  • Experience of working collaboratively
  • A commitment to community engagement
  • Valid public liability insurance of at least £5 million
  • Enhanced DBS
  • Understanding of safeguarding and how to raise concerns
  • To comply with risk assessment and monitoring procedures for the project

Project framework

  • The project will be based at Norfolk Record Office, Fisher Theatre in Bungay and the writer’s own base.
  • The sessions timetable is below. Sessions will usually be on Fridays, 10.00 – 1300
  • The play will be performed by professional actors at local theatres and community venues. Some performances will be followed by facilitated conversations about mental health now and in the past
  • Working with participants who wish to be involved in the performance through elements of their personal storytelling will require tact and respect of very personal experiences.
  • Invoices will be issued after work has taken place. Payment terms will be 30 days from receipt of invoice.

Appointment process

What we need from you

Proposed solution. Your approach and the methods you will use (up to 500 words)

Experience. A CV with details of up to five other projects relevant to the current one in terms of scope, size and context.

Referees. Details of two referees

Assessment

All applications will be assessed by the project management team including:

Laura Drysdale, Project Manager

Gary Tuson, County Archivist

Darren France, Coordinator

Richard Johnson, Research Coordinator

Laila Choat, Theatre Director

Mark Deveney, South Norfolk and Broadland Council

Our timescales and process for interviewing

Deadline for applications: Thursday 19th March 2020

Interviews: Thursday 26th March 2020 at Norfolk Record Office

Appointment: Monday 30th March 2020

To discuss the role, please contact Laura Drysdale, Director of The Restoration Trust and Dr Hills Casebook Project Manager.

Phone 07740 844883

 
Sessions are usually on Friday, 10 – 1
       
Date Session Location Content
24-Apr Session 1 NRO  Introduction
01-May Session 2 NRO Selecting case book patients for individual research.
08-May   NO SESSION – BANK HOLIDAY
15-May Session 3 NRO  Researching historical documents relating to a selected patient’s admission
22-May Session 4 NRO
29-May Session 5 NRO
05-Jun Session 6 Gressenhall  Visit to Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Museum.
12-Jun Session 7 NRO Creative writing, story telling.
26-Jun Session 8 NRO
03-Jul Session 9 Fisher Theatre  Script formulation Day 1 (full day).
24-Jul Session 10 Fisher Theatre
31-Jul   NO SESSION Writer working on script
07-Aug   NO SESSION
14-Aug   St Andrews Hospital site visit
21-Aug   NO SESSION Writer working on script
28-Aug   NO SESSION
11-Sep Session 11 Fisher Theatre  Script Read Through and Celebration.
14-Sep   Fisher Theatre Rehearsal period Open to interested participants
21-Sep   Fisher Theatre
28-Sep   Fisher Theatre
02-Oct Session 12 Fisher Theatre  Dress Rehearsal.
08-Oct   tbc 1st performance
24-Oct   tbc Last performance
 
 

EVALUATION CONSULTANT BRIEF

Project                                Dr Hills Casebook

Contract                            20 days fte

Reports to                         Project Manager (Laura Drysdale)

Fee rate                            £7,000 including expenses, excl VAT 

Commission

The Restoration Trust wishes to commission an evaluation consultant to carry out evaluation of outcomes for people through participation in Dr Hills Casebook. We are looking for an Evaluation Consultant who has experience of working with marginalised people and a particular interest in the field of cross-sectoral initiatives in culture, health and wellbeing.

 The Restoration Trust

The Restoration Trust www.restorationtrust.org.uk is a charity that helps people with mental health problems engage with heritage, art and culture; we call it culture therapy.  We create projects that are partnerships between cultural organisations such as museums, galleries, historic and archaeological sites, archives, orchestras and theatres, and organisations that work with people marginalised by mental ill health and contributing factors such as homelessness, poverty, crime, abuse and drug and alcohol misuse. We research and evaluate our projects to add to the evidence base of what works for people’s wellbeing and recovery, and we use every possible means to tell people about what we do, while fully respecting privacy.

Dr Hills Casebook

Dr Hills Casebook is an archives, theatre and wellbeing project aimed at improving the wellbeing of excluded people living with mental health challenges, and stimulating public conversation comparing past and present treatment. The project is a partnership between the Restoration Trust, Norfolk Record Office, South Norfolk Council and UpShoot Theatre Company. Contributing organisations include Norfolk Museums Service, Norfolk Library and Information Service, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Hills Casebook utilises the archives of Norfolk Lunatic Asylum while Dr William Hills was Medical Superintendent (1861-1887). These records, among them Dr Hills’ own journals, give a remarkable insight into 19th century care of the mentally ill. Their dissemination through research, theatre, film and online will illuminate contemporary mental health experiences.

Participants develop historical research skills so that they can examine the life of an individual patient.  They then engage with the whole process of turning their research into a professional theatre performance which will tour the area, with 18 performances reaching over 1000 people.

Dr Hills Casebook is based on the Change Minds methodology (www.changeminds.org.uk), where participation in archives and creativity has been shown to benefit mental wellbeing. Evaluation of wellbeing outcomes will contribute to evidence of heritage’s value for social prescribing.  This project fits with health and wellbeing strategies at all levels that focus on person-centred care, early intervention and mental wellbeing.

 Outcomes

Dr Hills Casebook will be evaluated against HF funded outputs/outcomes according to an Evaluation Plan agreed by the Project Board. Outcomes are as follows:

  • A wider range of people will be involved in heritage
  • Heritage will be better identified and explained
  • People will have developed skills
  • People will have learnt about heritage, leading to change in ideas and actions
  • People will have greater well-being

 The role of the Evaluation Consultant

The Evaluation Consultant will be commissioned to review outcomes for participants in terms of their skills, learning leading to change, and wellbeing. Outcomes for heritage and the wider public will be assessed by the project team. The Consultant will produce an Evaluation Plan for review and approval by the Project Board. They will carry out preliminary research to establish context. This will include a literature search of published and grey literature relating to the use of heritage and archives for health and wellbeing. They will contextualise Dr Hills Casebook in the related areas of culture, health and wellbeing, medical humanities, and in terms of social prescribing. They will create a Theory of Change, based on this research, and using information from other Restoration Trust projects.

Using experience, measures and method from our published Change Minds evaluation report by Dr Victoria Scaife (www.changeminds.org.uk), the consultant will apply a mixed-method approach incorporating both questionnaires (quantitative and qualitative) and focus group investigations (qualitative). Questions will relate to: expectations; behaviour change; social exchange; and wellbeing. Wellbeing data will be gathered using the Shorter Warwick Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (SWEMWBS). Using consistent measures from Change Minds means we can enlarge our data set to generate more robust evidence of the effectiveness of using health archives for mental wellbeing.

The Consultant will train the Facilitator to collect routine data, using the agreed Questionnaire, which will be administered at baseline, mid-point, end-point and 6-months after the project ends. The Consultant will collect qualitative data by, for example, focus groups with participants at project end-point, and six-months post project. The Consultant will also collect reflective responses from staff and volunteers, for example through a mid-point reflective group. Information from this group will be given to the project team in order to make any necessary improvements.

Based on this data, the Consultant will write an Evaluation Report for the Steering Group. This will form part of our final evaluation for funders.

 Additional information

  1. The project will begin on or around Monday 2nd March 2020 and end on Friday 3rd September 2021. The consultant will be appointed by 27th March 2020. Baseline questionnaire data will be collected at the first session on 24th April 2020. A draft report will be completed in December 2020 and final report (including 6-month post-project focus group) by May 2021
  2. Invoices will be issued after work has taken place. Payment terms will be 30 days from receipt of invoice.
  3. You will need Enhanced DBS clearance
  4. The contract will take place at the consultant’s own base, Norfolk Record Office and Fisher Theatre Bungay.

 What you need to submit to us

A work plan, methodology and timetable for evaluating Dr Hills Casebook. Two examples of similar work and two references. CV

Our timescales and process for interviewing

Submit application by Friday 13th March 2020. Interview date to be confirmed. Appointment by Friday 27th March

To discuss the role, please contact Laura Drysdale, Director of The Restoration Trust and Dr Hills Casebook Project Manager. Phone 07740 844883. laura@restorationtrust.org.uk