Who are we?
Hello. We are the team behind the project Humans of the NHS. It is an independent project operated and run by four final-year medical students (pictured above from L-R: Natalia; Ilona; Pareena; Jonathan). We aim to show the public a more personal view of the people who work in the NHS by giving them a voice on a larger stage. We work with NHS Trusts, not as medical students, but as an independent organisation through official channels. We interview staff members, take their photos, and share their stories on social media in order to celebrate their hard work and dedication to patient care. We currently have active pages on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and our very own website.
Why do we do this project?
The recent political climate surrounding the NHS has undoubtedly been turbulent. But against the backdrop of criticism and negative press surrounding the NHS, we believe it is important to shift the focus from politics and show the public a more positive and human view of the NHS. As medical students, we see the incredible contributions that members of the NHS make on a daily basis. It is important to showcase the compassion of NHS staff and share the incredible stories that normally remain behind closed doors.
Each and every staff member has a story to tell and we hope this project provides them with an avenue to tell it. By sharing their stories, we hope to boost staff morale, show them the value of the work they do, and show the public the immense range of job opportunities available within the NHS.
Most importantly, this project is not a part of our course and we do not receive any course credits for it. We do this in our spare time because we simply believe in the NHS and are passionate about celebrating it.
What have we done so far?
When we started this project in 2015, we had no idea how it would be received and where it could take us. Today, we have published over 85 stories from different NHS staff. We have been invited to interview staff in NHS Trusts and GP practices across the country, including Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London. And we're only just getting started!
In addition to interviewing staff, we were also invited to speak at the first-ever TEDxNHS conference in London within the first year of us creating this project. It was an incredible experience for us to deliver a speech to an audience of pioneers, innovative thinkers, and none other than the Medical Director of the NHS, Sir Bruce Keogh (who gave us two thumbs up). We have since spoken at a variety of other events and venues and have even had our work put on display at a recent conference organised by the British Medical Association. To watch our TEDxNHS talk and see where else we've presented, please visit our website by clicking here!
Why do we need your donations?
Firstly, it's important for us to clarify that we do not get paid to do this project. In fact, for the past two years, we have been funding this entire project out of our own pockets. As students, this is not easy feat and as our project is expanding, we're finding it more and more difficult to maintain these costs.
Your donations, if you choose to help us, will go directly into funding this project. Our costs include website hosting fees, printing business cards and other material, purchasing and maintaining camera equipment, and travel and accommodation fees (for when we interview staff or present at conferences).
If you or a loved one has been helped by the NHS in any way, please help us celebrate the NHS by donating. We are passionate about our project and believe that it brings positivity to the NHS. Please help us by donating any amount you can spare. After funding this project on our own as students, please be assured that we aim to be as cost-effective as possible.
Should you have any questions about us or our project, please do not hesitate to e-mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find us on social media: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Give us a Like and a Follow!
N.b. We are a wholly independent project, not funded or managed in any capacity by the NHS. We do not claim to represent or speak on behalf of the NHS.