Storytelling and Health


USW Impact Innovation Scheme

Research team
Investigators: Dr Emily Underwood-Lee (USW)

External Partners
Prue Thimbleby, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMU)

GEECS and ABMU are spending a period of time collaborating in order to strengthen links with a view to creating a strategic partnership which can lead to a number of future projects and funding applications. This area of work is directly in line with the key challenge area of life sciences and health and the use of storytelling approaches in order to achieve health outcomes is an innovative methodology in relation to this challenge area. A strategic partnership with ABMU health board enables GEECS to meet the RCUK aims of “increasing the effectiveness of public services and policy” and “enhancing quality of life, health and creative output”. Storytelling and Health is an area that is increasingly prominent within both policy and practice.

The project imperatives are: 1 To complete two funding applications by the end of July 2016 which enable the establishment of a 2017 conference on Storytelling and Health and ensure the longevity of the strategic partnership between GEECS and ABMU.
2 To understand and show the value that storytelling and the arts can bring to health and wellbeing through completing the groundwork for a conference to take place in June 2017 at which best practice can be shared and by producing a conference report and peer reviewed publication.
3 To maximize the impact of storytelling for health and inspire further work in this field by bringing together stakeholders, policy makers, funders and practitioners at a conference in June 2017.
4 To leave a legacy through establishing a storytelling for health network to be jointly managed by ABMU and GEECS.
5 To create a sound base for future collaborations between GEECS and ABMU leading to at least one further collaborative funding application following the 2017 conference.