This blog is for everyone; story tellers and story readers, practitioners and patients, teachers and learners. Through the sharing of our human experiences, we hope that both writers and readers will feel a sense of connection with one another and with their varied practices.
In large, state funded organisations, there are often calls for something to be done about whatever is challenging at the time. While we wait for a magic cure, we risk ignoring the resources we have within. By sharing our stories, we can create change, bring about the revolutions we crave.
Narrative based medicine has a powerful following and can radically change patients’ experiences of healthcare. In the same way we aim to use narrative in this space to enable you to share your thoughts and feelings, to learn from others and to feel a greater sense of connection to the wider communities in which we work.
This blog hosts original stories from a range of authors, and provides links to other sources of narrative in the further reading section. Our primary aim is connection.
Sharing can be therapeutic and can remind us why we chose the role we chose. We would urge all our readers to explore all our stories. Whilst it is human to want to remain within the safe confines of our ‘tribe’ meaning the HCPs may prefer to read stories written by other HCPs, there is so much to be gained from reading about a patient perspective, or from another professional who works with but not within the NHS. Sharing is understanding, and understanding leads to greater connection both between us within us.
To provide a safe space to share experiences and reflections
To enable learning from one another
To facilitate cross contextual practice
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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.
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