Joshua & His Healthwatch Hero
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS, we asked children across Essex to design bunting which would be displayed in local hospitals, celebrating the people in health and social care who have made the greatest difference to them. We received more than 1000 entries and senior leaders from across the health and social care system in the county came together to judge the entries.
Joshua won the Healthwatch Essex Patient Experience Award for his bunting design showing his cardiac consultant, Dr Babu, saving his life when he was born prematurely. We decided to reunite Joshua with Dr Babu and filmed the day, weaving Joshua's story through the piece.
The result was this poignant film which shares a child's experience and perceptions of healthcare in Essex. The film was shared online and released to the media to encourage others to share their stories with us. It was also shown at Chelmsford Cathedral during a celebration of 70 years of the NHS.
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