Created by nurses at Guy’s and St Thomas’ to raise awareness of dementia among staff, Barbara’s Story has changed attitudes to dementia in hospitals across the world.
Barbara’s Story follows a fictional patient who has symptoms of dementia, and explores the challenges she faces when she comes into contact with NHS staff at home and in hospital.
“Dementia is a universal issue. We now want the film to be easily accessible to everyone around the world as nearly all of us will be affected by dementia in some way – whether that’s through our jobs, in our personal lives, or we develop it ourselves.” Eileen Sills
The film was used as an example of practice to follow in the Government’s response to the Francis Report, and it won the Excellence in Dementia Care category at the prestigious CHKS Top Hospital Award.
Since the first film was launched in 2012, five more episodes have been made. Barbara’s Story is being used to train staff in hospitals nationally and across the world including USA, Germany, Canada, Sweden, and Qatar.