Humans of Healthcare
17 May 2016
Sam Meikle, Founder, Spark the Difference
“And at its very heart – clinical practice, medicine, nursing - is about the encounter between two human beings. And if we lose that, we lose everything”.
These wise words are from Mark, who was a GP for 25 years in West Yorkshire. Mark is featured in the Humans of Healthcare art exhibition, which is running in Elephant and Castle, London from 5th May until 31st May . The exhibition is about people and their stories. The stories of the women and men who use health and social care services and those who work to deliver or improve these services.
In the exhibition, you will see candid black and white photographs of people holding lightbulbs. The lightbulbs represent a brighter light of hope and compassion to balance the negativity that we often see in mainstream media. In the exhibition gallery, you can also listen to recorded snippets of conversation from these inspirational people. Some snippets are funny, some are sad - all are true.
Moving beyond the gallery space, the Humans of Healthcare project also features 10-15 minute interviews with inspiring people across health and social care. Interviews are being released daily on our website to provide food for thought and conversation starters about what got us all into health and social care in the first place and what keeps us going .
The most frequently asked question I received when I was sharing plans about the Humans of Healthcare project, was - “Why? Why are you doing this Sam? What inspired all of this?”