How to Contribute

We would welcome contributions from you of between 500 and 1500 words. Your story can be about anything relating to your professional or patient role. You could talk about a patient encounter, an experience you have had as a patient, a story about a colleague or learner experience. You may choose to focus on patient safety, error or human factors. What we want to share is the good and the not so good – errors that help us to learn rather than blaming and witch-hunting colleagues or excellence that can be shared from one context to another.

Some stories will stand alone; others may be added to by our curators, to help shape them so that they reach as many colleagues as they can.

Contributors are listed below, but are not referenced against individual stories. Patient and professional identifying details are anonymised.

We don’t insist on a structure to your story, but stories are often more useful if they outline what happened, include the emotional response of the story teller and others involved, and if there is some analysis of learning which is often gained after the story has happened.

We love working with you on your stories so if you have an idea but it is not fully written, please send it to us and we will help to flesh it out. You do not have to be a great novelist to submit your experience – that is what we are here for.

Code of practice

Our stories are inspired by real events and relationships but distinguishing details have been altered. In this way we protect patients, practitioners and authors to allow readers to focus on the learning in our stories. Resemblance to actual persons living or dead, or actual events is inevitable but direct or distinguishing details have been altered or removed.

Thank you for your interest.

Sarah & Hayley

Previous Contributors

We would like to thank the following for their contributions to this blog. Some contributors are authors, some are verbal storytellers, whose stories we write. All are highly valued and appreciated.

To preserve anonymity of contributors, names of authors and storytellers will be updated approximately every three months and will be listed in alphabetical order. Not all who contribute wish to be named and we reserve the right to total anonymity.


Amy Adams
Esme Allan
Hayley Allan
Anda Baylis
Khadidja Belkhatir
Abi Berger
Oliver Blocker
Alice Byram
Faith Clarke

Thomas Dunn
Rebecca Edwards
Maria Giulia Marina
Jo Habben
Sarah Hall
Tina Hetherington
Farzana Hussain
Robert Jones
Simon McCormick


Jan Moreland
Brigid Russell
Steffi Rutherford
James Staples
Will Staples
Beth Thomas
George Thorpe
Elizabeth Tissingh
Cathy Wield