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Best-selling author, Joanna Cannon, is returning to the NHS to volunteer with South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare’s Arts for Health programme.

Joanna, author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep was a psychiatrist at the Trust’s George Bryan Centre in Tamworth before leaving medicine to concentrate on writing. However, she has never lost her interest in mental health services and is keen to get back to the camaraderie of the wards, and making a difference to people using mental health services.

Joanna will be helping out with the Trust’s Songs for You programme for people with dementia and their carers, and will also offer creative writing workshops and get involved with the reading for wellbeing scheme.

Joanna’s second novel will be out in January and she is currently working on a third.

Arts for Health Lead, Jessica Kent, said “We are so pleased to be working with Jo and to have her support. She brings a great mix of writing skill and mental health services expertise which will make a real difference to our service users and carers.”

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