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Victoria Evans-Park

Victoria Evans-Park

It’s amazing how a picture can capture and tell a story, which is why we are asking for photos to contribute to our ‘A day in the life of a patient’ photo competition. I’m eager to see the stories being told by healthcare students across Wales as they take part.

We are inviting healthcare students across Wales to join in and pick up their smart phones, tablets and cameras between 17 and 24 January 2015 to take a snapshot from a patient’s point of view.

If you’re a healthcare student, we would love you to get involved and use your imagination and creativity to convey what a day in the life a patient looks like; it could be anything from the view from a hospital bed, to what your patient would see on their way in or way out of an appointment – it’s completely up to you what you want to show us – the more creative the better!

We know that improving patient experience is about looking at the care we deliver from the patient and their families’ perspective, which makes this a brilliant opportunity to show exactly what it’s like looking from the point of view of the patient. The pictures we receive will all promote empathy, compassion, dignity, respect and person-centred care – and give us a snapshot (excuse the pun) of what it’s like to be a patient across the service in Wales.

Why should you enter? This competition will get you thinking differently about your care, and we’ll also be giving one lucky healthcare student the opportunity to attend the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare in London, 21 to 24 April 2015 (a place is worth over £1000!).

So, how do you get involved?

  1. Read the submission guidelines and consent form on our website.
  2. Take a photo – show the environment around you from your patient’s point of view. What do they see? Click here for some inspiration.
  3. Email your photo to 1000livessec@wales.nhs.uk by 5pm on 24 January 2015. Please include your name / university / place you took the photo and one or two sentences telling us what the message or story is behind the image you’ve captured!
  4. For full information and submission guidelines about this competition and how to enter, visit our website and get started.

Picture collage of past entries

So grab your camera, your tablet or your smartphone, look around you and imagine being a patient; what does it look and feel like?

Get your thinking caps on and impress us with your pictures – I’m really looking forward to seeing what you can capture.

Happy snapping!

Victoria Evans-Park is the lead for the Student and Educator Community. 

Keep up-to-date with the competition and all 1000 Lives Improvement Student and Educator Community information by following @1000LivesPlus on Twitter  and Liking the 1000 Lives Improvement Student Network Facebook page.

  One Response to “A picture is worth a thousand words. Show us a day in the life of a patient in NHS Wales”

  1. […] across Wales to consider what it’s really like to be a patient in NHS Wales as part of our ‘a day in the life of a patient’ photo competition. We asked them to put themselves in the shoes of a patient for a day and send us their pictures […]

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