From Striving to Thriving: Digital Stories of Working with a Disability

This afternoon saw the launch of the first three in a series of videos in which nine members of Team SHSC tell their stories of living and working with a disability and how they move from striving to thriving. The launch took place online as part of the week-long South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System Health and Wellbeing Festival.

Following our recent success as a Disability Staff Network Group in winning the national WDES Innovation Award for Networks, we have been working with Sheffield Flourish storyteller Shirin Teifouri and videographer Dan Jackson to tell our stories, each of which covers the following questions:

  1. Who am I and what is my personal journey?
  2. What strengths do I have as a person?
  3. What barriers do I face?
  4. What helps me to face these?
  5. What would an ideal world look like and what could make things better in the real world?

The conversations in the videos will be used to support training for colleagues and managers across SHSC, within the Integrated Care System and more widely across NHS Improvement including last year’s winners of the award in Birmingham Royal Orthopaedic Hospital and we are looking forward to building new partnerships with other Disability Staff Networks to enable real change.

In the first three videos we hear from Lorena, Assistant Clinical Director; Alex, Assistant Pharmacy Technician; and Ellie, Lived Experience Ambassador, each telling their stories.

From striving to thriving