A series of new community films – supported by Healthwatch Dorset – have been produced to help inform students studying health and social care.

The short films, which focus on stories from local people about their experiences of various aspects of health and social care including homelessness, end of life care and long term health conditions, have been created by Bournemouth University as part of the PIER (Public Involvement in Education and Research) partnership’s work.

Healthwatch Dorset, the county’s independent health and social care champion, worked with Bournemouth University on this project to raise awareness and bring local people’s real life experience direct to health and care students.

The films include a story about Matt, who discusses his journey into rough sleeping and substance use.  His perspective provides a powerful insight into how unexpected life events can create a pathway into homelessness which then proves difficult to move beyond.

Matt details how his health deteriorated during the years he spent rough sleeping, and how substance use during this time further compromised his wellbeing.  He also shares how the support he has accessed through local charity Hope Housing has enabled him to find stability and a new direction.

Louise Bate, Manager at Healthwatch Dorset, said: “We’re thrilled we could help support these films, which provide such a valuable insight into real people’s lives and help to inform and educate those who are training in the health and social care sector.”

Dr Mel Hughes, from Bournemouth University, added: “We are delighted with the opportunity to have collaborated with Healthwatch Dorset on these films.  They are part of embedding real world learning into health and social care education at Bournemouth University and ensuring that the voices of people with lived experience are central to our student’s personal and professional development.”

To watch the films visit: https://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/about/our-faculties/faculty-health-social-sciences/public-involvement-education-research/our-resources