HEALTH CHRONICLES

Major project 2014
MA Narrative Environments, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London

Health Chronicles is a unique methodology that uses storytelling and self reflection to turn health into a comprehensive personal story. It encourages people to become actively involved in their health and wellbeing.

Where
Developed at Bemerton Estate Council Housing in Islington, London. In collaboration with the local Bingfield Street Surgery.

We are currently running a pilot in collaboration with St. Paul's Way Medical centre and the Bromley-by-Bow centre, London. We will support patients struggling to manage long term health conditions like type 2 diabetes.

Why
While health is a personal matter, health care is often impersonal. People may lack a sense of control over their health, particularly in a context where illness is commonly treated with medication. The relationship between daily life and physical and psychological health is often overlooked; GP consultations are brief and focused on physical matters. Health Chronicles provides an alternative: utilizing narrative instead of medical equipment during engaging sessions in which people discover what their health means to them, while developing and testing their personal care plan. This leads to a greater sense of control and ownership over their life and health.

I'm looking for opportunities to implement the Health Chronicles methodology in the current health care system. Could this approach benefit your practice? Please contact me for ideas, advice and projects.