Soothing Sounds at Tallaght University Hospital with musician Sophie Lee. Photo credit: Tommy Walsh (TUH).

Arts & Health at Tallaght University Hospital in collaboration with Children’s Health Ireland at Tallaght are inviting musicians to apply to be a Musician in Healthcare in TUH and CHI at Tallaght.

Arts and Health at TUH is expanding their Soothing Sounds Live Music Programme for adults and wish to engage an additional musician in healthcare on a contractual basis for 1.5 hours per week, for 24 weeks in 2023.

CHI at Tallaght will be delivering a Soothing Sounds Live Music Programme for children at the bedside in the paediatric unit in 2023. CHI wish to engage two musicians in healthcare on a contractual basis for 1.5 hours each per week, for 24 weeks.

About Soothing Sounds 
Soothing Sounds is a live music programme for patients, staff and visitors at TUH developed by Arts & Health at TUH and delivered by musician in residence, Dr Sophie Lee. The programme, which began in 2018, aims to improve patient and staff experience, reduce stress, and enhance well-being. Reported benefits include:

    • Soothing and calming effects for patients
    • Enhanced feelings of well-being for patients, families and staff
    • Increased social interaction
    • Positive effects for staff caring for patients
    • Fostering a positive aesthetic environment
    • Reduction in stress for patients & families

Soothing Sounds at TUH for adults began in 2021. Music sessions are currently offered in the Vartry Renal Unit, Amber Oncology Day Unit and William Stokes Unit (Age Related) at TUH. The programme offers interactive individual music sessions for patients at bedside, interactive music sessions for small groups of patients and receptive music sessions where patients are invited to relax and listen to the music being played.

Soothing Sounds in CHI at Tallaght is a collaborative, partnership project between Arts & Health at TUH, the CHI Arts in Health Programme and the Play Department at CHI at Tallaght. It will build on the very successful project, Soothing Sounds, which ran in CHI at Tallaght from 2018–2021, funded by the HSE.

Application Process
Experience working as a musician with children and/or adults is essential. Successful candidates will participate in a paid training and mentorship programme, including an induction day with Arts & Health at TUH, and mentorship, training and shadowing with Dr Sophie Lee and the TUH Arts & Health Team.

A full brief including requirements and person specification can be accessed here.

Applicants are required to submit the following:

  • Application Form (download the application form here)
  • CV with references (one of which must be music related)
  • Personal statement (500 words)*
    *Your personal statement should include why you think you are suited to the role and any relevant background information which supports your application.

The closing date for applications is 14 April 2023.
Interviews will be conducted on 25 April 2023.

For enquiries contact:


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