Topic outline

  • Student Support - Health and Wellbeing

  • Student Minds - wellbeing

  • NHS

  • Counselling Service

    The counselling service offers professional support for all RNCM students.  The service is free and confidential.

  • The Emerging Musicians Health Scheme

    Health & Welfare - Emerging Musicians' Health Scheme


    Being a musician is both physically and mentally demanding. If a performance-related condition interrupts a musician’s studies or the early stages of their career, the impact can be serious.

    Our Emerging Musicians' Health Scheme provides access to healthcare quickly. We do this by working in partnership with the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM), an independent charity which offers free health assessments. If you are subsequently told you need a short-term treatment that isn’t available promptly on the NHS, we may be able to help with a grant of up to £750 towards the costs.

  • BAPAM - British Association For Performing Arts Medicine

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    BAPAM provides specialist health support to full and part time professional and student performing artists.

    BAPAM is a unique non-profit health care organisation providing specialist support to performing arts professionals and students, throughout the UK.

    They can help you whether you are a musician, actor, dancer, singer, stage technician, sound engineer, DJ or variety artist, Sometimes performers have found or been given inaccurate information. Our doctors are experienced at assessing performing artists and can help with accurate diagnosis and advice.

    Medical problems that BAPAM can give advice about include:

    • Activity-related pain, 'RSI', overuse injuries, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, dance injuries, muscular tension, hypermobility, musculoskeletal problems caused by performance technique or posture.
    • Voice loss or strain in singers, actors and professional voice users, hearing problems
    • Stage fright, anxiety, stress.

    We provide the following services:

    • Free confidential health assessment clinics BAPAM's network of expert clinicians around the UK.
    • Directory of practitioners We maintain a list of clinical specialists and practitioners in many branches of health care who have experience helping people working in the performing arts.
    • Our health resources help you to understand what you can do to keep in peak condition, even though the demands of the job sometimes make this difficult. For example, we can suggest ways you can look after yourself on tour; how to maintain a work-life balance to ensure you can perform at your best.

  • Metro Physio advice for musicians

    Metro Physio has played a part in keeping some of the city's top performers at their best. Having treated various actors and actresses as well as providing physiotherapy for clients at the RNCM, Chethams School of Music & many travelling productions.

  • WTF is meningitis?

    Meningitis is a life threatening, infectious disease that can leave devastation in its wake. It often occurs hand-in-hand with septicaemia and, when it strikes, it doesn’t care who you are, what you do or how old you are.  

    Meningitis maims and kills. Within a matter of hours it can take hold of a strong, healthy, independent individual and change them forever.

  • Bullying and harassment

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    Our policies on bullying and harassment (students) explains what behaviour the RNCM expects from you. It also tells you what you should do if you feel you're being bullied, harassed or victimised, or if you witness any inappropriate behaviour.

    We have a zero tolerance policy to bullying and harassment.

    We believe that every student has the right to study in a supportive environment, free from harassment, bullying and victimisation. Similarly, every student at the RNCM has the right to study and be taught in an environment that is supportive and free from such behaviours.

     Bullying is offensive, intimidating, malicious, insulting or humiliating behaviour, often associated with the misuse of power or authority, which aims to undermine, humiliate or injure the person on the receiving end. It is different from the way you feel when you are under pressure, or when you make a mistake and are legitimately called to account for this in private.

    Examples of bullying are:

    • You are singled out for criticism when others have made the same mistake
    • Criticism is not constructive and does not help you improve
    • Criticism is in public and deliberately humiliating
    •  You are set targets that are known to be unachievable
    •  You are physically abused

     What is not bullying:

    •  Acting assertively
    •  Requesting someone to amend their behaviour
    •  Disagreeing with someone point of view
    •  Making a single critical remark about another person (provided it is not classed as racist, sexist etc)
    •  A single instance of behaviour which is not repeated.

    Harassment: unwanted conduct that violates your dignity or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for you, having regard to all the circumstances including your perception of the conduct. The behaviour may be intentional which is obvious or violent but it can also be unintentional or subtle and insidious. Examples are:

    • harassment: unwelcome comments, jokes, innuendo, teasing and verbal abuse; displaying sexually suggestive material; unwelcome comments on your dress, appearance or marital status; condemnation or ridicule of you because of your sexual orientation; unwelcome physical contact.
    • Racial harassment: conduct or comments based on race, colour or ethnicity which is offensive to you (or others); derogatory remarks or jokes; display of racially offensive material or graffiti; deliberate isolation.
    • Personal harassment: inappropriate comments about your disability, socio-economic group, sexual orientation, religion or any other form of personal victimisation.

  • St Peters House - Chaplaincy

  • Safety and domestic violence at home