StoryAidEU E6 Demonstration Event, Thursday 30th September 2021

We are pleased to announce the details of the first multiplier event of StoryAidEU project. The event will be held virtually, online on Thursday 30th September 2021 and there will be two sessions - morning and evening (similar format/information at both). This 90 min demonstration event aims to present an innovative approach for integrating the principles of humanism in the delivery of healthcare. We strongly believe that storytelling can become a crucial tool for educators to reveal the hidden and silent stories of patients, healthcare professionals, loved ones, and vulnerable populations, and in particular through the practice of interprofessional collaboration. StoryAID Director Eli Anderson, as a storytelling expert, will lead the event.

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Participation at the event is free of charge. 

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StoryAidEU Final Conference, Wednesday 1st September 2021

​If you are a health sector professional, educator and/or student willing to explore a new, interprofessional model of healthcare training, StoryAidEU is the right project for you with our final outcomes being a training guide/coursebook, learning videos and an interactive lecture explaining how storytelling can improve humanism in healthcare. Attendance to the virtual event is kindly offered by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

Final Conference Programme:

The Final Conference of StoryAidEU will feature the following contributions from external stakeholders:

> Wednesday 1st September 2021, 14:30 BST

Communication and Intercultural Education

This session on communication and intercultural education for health professionals brings together global research on the two themes which are so important to humanism and storytelling. Health professionals are dealing with constant changes to both the health systems they work in and the patients they serve. Communication and intercultural education, along with storytelling, are three distinct but interrelated topics that are assisting health professionals adapt to their changing environment.

Facilitator: Dr. Kristin Brogan, Lecturer & EU Project Coordinator, Munster Technological University

2021103 > Presentation > Nothing becomes real 'till it is experienced - exploring students, educators and senior nurses experiences and perceptions of leadership

  • Presenter: Ms. Alison James, Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University

2021104 > Presentation > The use of television documentary review and  group discussion for intercultural learning between nursing students in Glasgow and Singapore

  • Presenter: Ms. Sue Campbell, Lecturer, University of Glasgow
  • Co-Author: Dr. David Hunter, Lecturer, University of Glasgow
  • Co-Author: Dr. Dora Howes, Associate Professor, University of Glasgow Singapore

2021130 > Presentation > Enhancing the leadership knowledge and skills of Namibian and Welsh qualified nurses and student nurses

  • Presenter: Prof. Dianne Watkins, OBE Deputy Head of School, Cardiff University
  • Co-Author: Ms. Alison James, Senior lecturer, Cardiff University
  • Co-Author: Ms. Gemma Stacey-Emile, Lecturer, Cardiff University
  • Co-Author: Mrs Julia Todd, Lecturer, Cardiff University
  • Co-Author: Dr. Carolyn Middleton, Aneurin Bevan Health Board

> Wednesday 1st September 2021, 15:30 BST

Interprofessional Education

Our project, and storytelling in general, is inherently interprofessional. That is why for this session we have brought together some of the best presentations from previous INHWE events to complement the IPE aspects of our project. The development of strong interprofessional teams to aid collaborative working practices must be imbedded throughout the working career of health professionals and this continual reinforcement will allow the health workforce to deal with an increasingly changing healthcare landscape.

Facilitator: Mr. David Smith, Director, International Network for Health Workforce Education

2021117 > Presentation > Designing an effective online interprofessional learning environment: Implementation and lessons learned from two faculty development programmes for educational practice improvement in the health professions

  • Presenter: Dr. Cesar Orsini, Associate Professor in Medical Education, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia
  • Co-Author: Prof. Veena Rodrigues, Professor of Public Health and Medical Education, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia
  • Co-Author: Dr. Jorge Tricio, Associate Professor in Dental Education, Faculty of Dentistry, University of the Andes

2021120 > Presentation > Educators of healthcare professionals: the role of the interprofessional educator

  • Presenter: Mrs. Julie Browne, Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University School of Medicine
  • Co-Author: Prof. Alison Bullock Director, Cardiff Unit for Research and Evaluation in Medical and Dental Education
  • Co-Author: Prof. John Jenkins Honorary Professor, RCSI Healthcare University
  • Co-Author: Professor Derek Gallen, Professor Emeritus, Cardiff University

2021135 > Presentation > Service Design and Interprofessional Collaboration in Finnish Social and Health Care Education

  • Presenter: Ms. Sirkku Säätelä, Senior lecturer, Nursing department Novia UAS
  • Co-Author: Dr. Sini Eloranta, Senior lecturer, Turku University of Applied Sciences
  • Co-Author: Ms. Anna-Leena Ruotsalainen, Senior lecturer, Physiotherapy, Savonia University of Applied Sciences
  • Co-Author: Mr. Timo Sirviö, MSc, Senior Lecturer, Design, Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Unit of Design

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StoryAidEU - Humanizing Healthcare Education through the use of Storytelling (2019-2021)


Current healthcare training curriculum relies upon a comprehensive understanding of the bio-medical model of medicine. However, it has been recognised that a curriculum that incorporates a more rounded model is critical. To explore a new model of healthcare training, storytelling can become a crucial tool for educators to show the hidden and silent stories of both, patients, healthcare processional, loved one, and vulnerable people who are receiving care. At the same time Europe faces increased demand for health services due to ageing populations, rising patient mobility, and a diminishing supply of health workers caused by retirement rates that surpass recruitment rates. This places great emphasis on the health workforce with the majority of health system change enacted by healthcare professionals themselves.


Storytelling can be used to ensure a round approach to healthcare professionals’ education and this project aims to build a truly interprofessional approach to storytelling. There is significant evidence to indicate that effective interprofessional education (IPE) is an innovative strategy that enables effective collaborative practice. Interprofessional education (IPE) is a necessary step in preparing a prepared health workforce. It is proven that collaborative practice strengthens healthsystems and improves health outcomes (WHO, 2010). Storytelling is best used in an interdisciplinary environment which this project will foster by creating an innovative multi-professional, inter-stakeholder approach to bridge the gap between current educational models and a more rounded model of the future.


The project will conduct (through a number of data gathering techniques) a full review of interprofessional education tools from across the globe, an assessment of humanism policies and procedures on a macro and micro level in Europe and conduct essential research into how storytelling approaches can be used to improve healthcare training. These three areas will be combined into a dedicated training curriculum for healthcare educators. With the final outcomes being a coursebook, learning videos and an interactive lecture.


The StoryAidEU project runs from October 2019 to September 2021. Project website:


  • International Network for Health Workforce Education, Spain
  • Wyzsza Szkola Ekonomii, Prawa i Nauk Medycznych im. prof. Edwarda Lipinskiego w Kielcach, Poland
  • Munster Technological University, Ireland
  • Vysoka Skola Zdravotnicka, Czech Republic
  • Agenfor Italia, Italy
  • StoryAid UK, United Kingdom
  • Medical University of Graz, Austria
  • The Robert Gordon University, United Kingdom

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