The importance of patient voices

19 Mar 2014 | Partners in Care

Patient Voices is an initiative, started by the UK's Royal College of Nursing, which tells patient stories to emphasise the importance of placing patients at the centre of health care.

There are over 250 stories on the website, which are viewed by hundreds of people each day. The collection of stories continues to expand and can be used as educational and developmental tools.

The elements of the Patient Voices programme are:

  • the production and distribution of the Patient Voices digital stories themselves
  • workshops that enable health care professionals, carers and patients to develop their own stories and narratives
  • consultancy and support on the integration and use of digital stories within health care development programmes
  • research into the uses and applications of digital stories in health care quality improvement and as reflective tools in health care education
  • development and identification of resources that support the use of digital storytelling in health and social care.

These are underpinned by an ongoing academic programme in inter-professional education and lifelong learning.

To find out more or view some of the Patient Voices digital stories, visit the Patient Voices website.

Last updated 19/03/2014