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
  • Institute of Technology Tralee, Ireland
  • Vysoka Skola Zdravotnicka, Czech Republic
  • Agenfor Italia, Italy
  • StoryAid UK, United Kingdom
  • Robert Gordon University, United Kingdom

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