ENO Breathe

In partnership with Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

A singing, breathing and wellbeing programme for people recovering from the effects of COVID-19.

Have you recently recovered from coronavirus but are still finding it difficult to breathe fully?

You can now join a six week online programme of breathing, singing and wellbeing, led by the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and the English National Opera (ENO).

ENO Breathe is a brand new pioneering programme developed specifically for people recovering from COVID-19. Combining both medical and vocal expertise, it offers unique practical exercises and online resources that you will be able to use to improve your breathlessness.

ENO Breathe Team

This new programme combines both medical and vocal expertise from a leading arts organisation and NHS Trust.

ENO Breathe is led and designed by:

  • a medical team at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust led by Dr Sarah Elkin Clinical Director for Integrated Care and Respiratory Consultant at the Trust; and,
  • a vocal and educational team at English National Opera led by Jenny Mollica, Director of ENO Baylis, and Suzi Zumpe, a vocal specialist, facilitator and singer.

Who is the programme for?

This first phase of ENO Breathe will involve a group of up to 40 people who suffer from similar post coronavirus symptoms.

To take part, you will need to have been referred onto the programme by the medical team at Imperial College Healthcare.

ENO Breathe is not a choir or singing group. It is a social prescribing (non-clinical) intervention that uses singing techniques and lullabies to aid recovery from COVID-19.

No experience or prior interest in singing and music is required to take place in ENO Breathe.

There is no cost to the participant to take part in the programme.

How will the ENO Breathe programme work?

The integrated recovery programme will start in early September.

It will be delivered by ENO and Imperial College Healthcare teams entirely online in a safe, friendly and supportive environment. You will need access to the internet in order to take part.

ENO Breathe will offer you:

  • an initial one-to-one online session with the ENO Vocal Specialist to discuss the practicalities of the programme and what the you hope to achieve
  • six weekly group online workshop sessions led by our ENO Vocal specialist. Workshops will encourage participants to take part in exercises and activities especially designed to support breathing control, providing tools for self-management of breath and anxiety
  • Access to bespoke digital resources, designed to support you between sessions. These will include exercises, song sheets and audio and video materials, especially recorded by the ENO for participants on the programme

Lullabies will be used as a way into exercises throughout the six weeks on the programme. Lullabies are expressly designed to calm and soothe, and have the benefit of being short, memorable and accessible to all.

What happens after the programme?

Both during and after the programme, we will ask you to complete a series of short self-assessments to help us (ENO Baylis and Imperial College Healthcare) assess your progress.

We strongly encourage participants to continue using the ENO Breathe tools and online resources beyond the 6 week programme.

Following this initial 6 week trial, the ENO and Imperial College Healthcare plan to make ENO Breathe available nationwide for patients across the country. We hope to share further details on this soon.

How do I take part?

To take part in this programme, you need to have been referred by the medical team at Imperial College Healthcare, who will have given you a referral code.

You can then register on this free programme by filling in your details and entering the referral code.

If you have problems registering online please phone us on 07561 465204 or by email baylis@eno.org

Places are limited so please register as soon as possible to secure a space on the programme.

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Additional help for people recovering from Covid-19 can be found at yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk