ICU Hear®

ICU Hear® is an award-winning approach developed by Music in Hospitals & Care, which uses music to improve patient-centred care on critical care wards. Trained musicians use gentle, calming music, sensitively delivered at the bedside to help reduce stress and anxiety for patients and their families. The musicians are careful to ensure that the music is suitable and will tailor their repertoire to suit the needs of the patients and unit at all times. The music helps to support the challenging clinical environment and creates a relaxing soundscape for critical care patients during their recovery.

ICU Hear® was launched at Manchester Royal Infirmary in 2016 and has since been rolled out throughout the UK.

“The critical care environment is at times chaotic, loud, busy and stressful. This is changed in an instant to that of calmness, concentration, relaxation and quietness simply by the presence of the musicians and their performance”.

– Cath Applewhite, Patient Experience Lead and Critical Care Sister, Manchester Royal Infirmary

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“One critical care patient who was very unwell and needing respiratory support especially enjoyed the session; she was singing along quietly and tapping her feet whereas before the session she was just lying still. Another patient and her family really enjoyed the music, her husband is interested in playing the ukulele and they had lots of requests which Sharon, the musician kindly granted. A younger critical care patient really enjoyed the music, Sharon played George Ezra which he knew and enjoyed… some visiting medical staff didn’t initially realise the music was live and were amazed.”

– Susie Lawley, Specialist Nurse for Critical Care Rehabilitation, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead

  • Music can move mountains can’t it, and it can move people’s hearts.
    Patient, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester

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