Every patient has a story. To work alongside patients who have complex and challenging lives we need to understand that story. We need to look beyond the face that sits opposite us in a consulting room and listen with respectful curiosity, understanding that their priorities today and tomorrow may not be ours.
The following stories are from real people*. Their generosity in helping create such a rich learning resource is remarkable and we are so grateful to them all.
* We worked with the oral history department of the University of Sheffield to capture these narratives. All patients gave consent for their stories to be published in this way. All names have been changed and identifying information removed.