Following a winning entry into the Nursing Times and NHS England’s ‘story of the month’ competition Paul Dews, art and music practitioner at the Trust was invited as a special guest to the 2014 Healthcare and Innovation Expo event. Hosted by NHS England, the event takes place over two days and gives people working in health and social care the opportunity to learn and share experiences.
Paul’s application to the story of the month competition was chosen as the winning entry for December 2013. It showcased compassionate care in practice in his role as art and music practitioner at Newhaven, a low secure learning disability unit in Wakefield. Paul came up with an innovative idea to help a service user communicate with their family by helping them to produce a film.
To further recognise Paul’s achievement, he was contacted by NHS England to invite him to the event which includes seminars, tutorials and exhibitions from leading organisations within the health and social care field. Paul was also asked to spend time on the NHS England stall speaking to delegates about how he is using the six Cs; care, compassion, commitment, courage, competence and communication to improve care for service users.
Paul said, “The event was really interesting, we heard stories from lots of different professionals and I was also asked to share my experience of arts with NHS England for a film they’re making on the 6 Cs.
“One of the seminars that stood out for me was led by Dr Kate Granger who started the ‘hello my name is’ campaign following her experiences as a cancer patient. The campaign raises the importance of introducing yourself to patients and how this relatively small gesture can positively affect their experience. This message is something I’ll take back and share with colleagues.”