May 05, 2016
A new exhibition and programme of events showing the humanity of healthcare has opened in Elephant and Castle with our support.
Candid photographs, interviews, talks and events reflect on the people under the uniforms and those in waiting rooms. Patients and members of the public, clinicians, academics, policy-makers, entrepreneurs, local government staff and their stories are all featured in Humans of Healthcare, organised by social enterprise Spark the Difference.
Sam Meikle, founder of Spark the Difference, said: “When we use health and social care services, these can be some of the darkest days of our lives. When we need our doctors, nurses, receptionists or social care workers the most, we expect them to be at their best. Every day.
Sometimes we fail to see the men and women who work tirelessly to provide health and social care in London’s busy, challenging and constrained working environment. We see these men and women as a job; a uniform; as part of the system. On top of this, we don’t see the thousands of people working to support the front line of delivering care. Every patient, every doctor, every social worker has a story.”
A programme of complementary events in May will give opportunities for Southwark and Lambeth residents to engage in a different type of conversation with health and social care professionals, and explore together issues and challenges facing the healthcare system.
The exhibition uses a combination of accessible art and storytelling to shift cultural perceptions, change hearts and minds, and bring the humanity back to health and social care, for those who use, deliver or work to improve services.
In line with the organisation’s aims, the exhibition will bring together bright ideas, people and opportunities to propel positive change in healthcare, and test an innovative model of engagement.
Humans of Healthcare runs until 31 May at The Trunk, The Artworks Elephant, Elephant and Castle.