The 17th and 18th century saw people visit Tunbridge Wells to improve their health by taking the waters of our spa. In the 21st century our health and wellbeing will come from medical advances, how we organise care and how we take personal control and responsibility.
The space of medicine, health and wellbeing is one we all inhabit. It is at once complex, often highly technical and grounded in power, politics and debate. It is a space where we have made life changing advances. Yet it is also where we are at our most vulnerable, where our most intimate times of birth, illness, treatment, life and death are played out. Critical in every sense.
Critical Voices provides an opportunity for conversations that explore the voices in this space as we strive to bring together doctors, surgeons, psychologists, patients, carers, campaigners, researchers and academics - intertwined with the expressive insights from film, music, poetry and literature.
Critical Voices is for everyone concerned with medicine, health and wellbeing whether you’re a health professional, patient, carer, musician, writer, artist or just interested in the subject. By bringing together a diverse set of contributors and ideas we aim to provide an opportunity to reflect on, challenge and re-think our perspectives.
Our first Critical Voices was held in July 2014; the second in June 2015. Critical Voices 2016 will be held on 11th June 2016.