Brookes will show award-winning film ‘Barbara’s Story’ to kick off Public Health Film Festival

Thursday, 03 November 2016

Barbara's Story

Oxford Brookes is supporting Oxford-based charity the Public Health Film Society (PHFS) as it kicks off its second film festival next week (11-13 November).

As part of the University’s celebrations this year to  mark 125 years of nurse education in the city, Oxford Brookes have got together with the PHFS to promote the leading role of nurses in the public health workforce.

On Friday 11 November, Oxford Brookes will screen the award winning story of one woman’s journey with dementia through the health care system.

The number of people who are living with dementia is rising as the population is ageing in the UK and worldwide. It is estimated that there 35 million people with dementia worldwide, and this figure is set to double in the next 20 years to 65 million by 2030.

Dame Eileen Sills, Chief Nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and an Oxford Brookes alumni commissioned a series of films from White Boat TV called Barbara’s Story: the whole story which were central to a programme to improve the care of older people and raise awareness of people accessing health services with dementia and memory impairment.

The film has been shown to over 12,500 staff at Guy’s and St Thomas Trust from senior doctors to hospital porters and has been the catalyst for a number of important changes that improved care for these patients. It also received critical acclaim from the film industry and won the Gold award from the Event and Visual Communication Association (EVCOM).

We are very proud to be supporting the Public Health Film Festival 2016 and to be able to show such an inspirational film as part of our nursing celebrations this year.

Dr Liz Westcott, Head of the Department of Nursing, Oxford Brookes University

Following the screening of the film, there will be a panel discussion with Dame Eileen Sills, Chris Godwin, Creative Director at White Boat TV which produced the film and Professor Lesley Baillie, Florence Nightingale Foundation Chair of Clinical Nursing Practice at London South Bank University, who led the research team involved in the evaluation of the film's impact.

Dr Liz Westcott, Head of the Department of Nursing at Oxford Brookes University said: “We are very proud to be supporting the Public Health Film Festival 2016 and to be able to show such an inspirational film as part of our nursing celebrations this year. We are also excited to be able to hear from key guest speakers about the creation and long-term impact of the film.”

The screening will take place from 5.00pm – 8.00pm, with a reception first, followed by the screening in the Main Lecture Theatre on the University’s Marston Road site, Jack Straw’s Lane.

Find out more about Oxford Brookes’ 125 years of nursing education celebrations on the website.