Public involvement and engagement often include people coming together to share stories. Stories about health, stories about the NHS, and stories about research all feature heavily in my work. Telling stories is a powerful way to share learning, build relationships, and make sense of the world around us.
This project will bring together patients and carers to share their stories via a variety of techniques. For example, art, poetry, Lego building and discussion. Through facilitated workshops, we aim to:
- Build peer support networks.
- Pilot the use of arts based facilitation techniques in this setting.
- Help participants to reflect on their experiences and prepare for dialogue with researchers and clinicians.
We plan to hold a 2 day event later in the year. Get in touch for more information.
This work was partly inspired by the Patient Learning Journey1 model, developed at the Leeds Institute of Medical Education. It’s a collaboration between members of PURSUN UK and the NIHR Yorkshire and Humber PPI Community. It’s supported by the Wellcome Trust.
1Morris P, Dalton E, McGoverin A and Symons J (2009) Preparing for patient-centred practice: developing the patient voice in health professional learning. In: Bradbury H, Frost N, Kilminster S, Zukas M, Beyond Reflective Practice. Oxford: Routledge.