NHS staff to share Covid-19 stories in digital workshops

01 October 2020

NHS staff to share Covid-19 stories in digital workshops
NHS staff will be given the chance to share their experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic as part of a digital story-telling project funded by Imperial Health Charity.

In a series of workshops, 10 members of staff at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust will each produce a short film telling their own personal stories.

Staff from a wide range of hospital roles will have the opportunity to talk about how the pandemic has affected their work, personal lives and relationships.

As well as hearing from front-line staff, the workshops will also explore the experiences of staff who were redeployed to a new role and those who spent time shielding at home. Staff from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds will also have the chance to share their thoughts and feelings about working in the Trust’s hospitals during the pandemic.

The workshops will be run by Patient Voices, which specialises in helping healthcare organisations improve by unearthing staff and patient stories.

Dr Claudia Gore, a consultant in paediatric allergy at the Trust who was advised to shield at home during the pandemic, helped to set up the project. She has produced her own film for the project, ‘Two-letter person’, which you can watch here.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has affected each of us in very different ways and has changed our lives,” she said.

“Many of us have found it hard to make sense of and express our experiences, and to share what has happened to us. To help us understand each other we need to share each other’s stories.

“This is now more important than ever. We may be feeling increasingly disconnected from our colleagues and isolated in our currently changing physical and digital working lives.”

Through our Small Grants programme we’ve fully funded the digital story-telling project, which will take place over a series of interactive online workshops starting in November.

The stories will be used to help staff across the Trust stay connected with one another and improve their understanding of colleague’s experiences.

If you’re a member of staff at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, you can apply to take part in the workshops here. The deadline for applications is Thursday 15 October 2020 at 10pm.