Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake recently participated in an immersive experience at the Houses of Parliament to walk a mile in the shoes of a health and social care worker.
The Health Foundation, working in collaboration with the Empathy Museum, an experiential arts charity, has developed a collection of stories for ‘A Mile in My Shoes’ which allows visitors to listen to the experiences of people across health and social care, while (literally) walking in their shoes.
The collection of over 30 audio recordings showcases a wide range of roles, from frontline jobs like pharmacist, GP and paramedic, to some less visible positions such as finance director, HR manager and hospital porter. The exhibit celebrates the remarkable diversity of people and positions that contribute towards the nation’s health and health care and offers insight into their experiences.
Tom Brake MP said:
“It’s really inspirational to be able to celebrate the great contribution that all those working in the health and care system make every day, both in Carshalton and Wallington and across the UK. ‘A Mile in My Shoes’ is a real eye opener and shows the diversity of roles that care for us as well as the challenging and rewarding experiences they face on the job.”
Dr Jennifer Dixon, Chief Executive of the Health Foundation said:
“It’s great to have Tom’s support for ‘A Mile in My Shoes’ – an innovative project that gives us insights into the day-to- day experience of people working in health and social care in the UK. Listening to the many incredibly moving and inspiring personal stories helps us cross boundaries, understand things from another’s perspective and develop empathy for others.”
For more information about ‘A Mile in My Shoes’, visit www.health.org.uk/mims. To listen to the collection of stories, visit www.amileinmyshoes.org.uk.