This film is about disabled people's voices on sexual well-being

Disabled people have equal rights to positive sexual well-being including sexual citizenship; however, this may not always be experienced and support for sexual well-being is less likely to form part of services offered by professionals in health and social care services. There is a clear link between sexual well-being and other aspects of physical and emotional well-being, making it an issue which needs to be proactively addressed by health and social care professionals in ways which are directed by disabled people.

Working for Clients (BA (Hons) Media Production, 2019)

Working for Clients is a short film produced by BA Media Production students illustrating one of the ways in which this undergraduate programme encourages students to work on 'live' briefs for external organisations.  The particular projects featured here were facilitated through a collaboration between the Faculty of Media & Communication and the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences.  They focus on the lived experiences of Health and Social Care Services.

A Lived Experience of Homelessness

This film provides a powerful insight into the experience of homelessness narrated by 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 presents a very articulate exploration of the challenges he encountered and how the support he has accessed through Hope Housing has enabled him to find stability and a new direction.

Being ‘Cared’ for: Transitions to Adulthood

“A care leaver is more likely to end up in a prison cell than a lecture theatre” according to The Centre for Social Justice (2019) in their 12 by 24 Pledge. This digital story gives voice to the experiences of young people who have experienced being taken into care at some stage of their childhood. It is based on research examining the psychosocial impacts of being cared for using photo-elicitation, a technique where participants select images to help them tell their stories. The voices of different care leavers captured through interviews have been combined to create composite storylines on the themes of ‘growing up’, ‘being in care’, and ‘transitions to adulthood’. Messages from care experienced young people, to practitioners and service providers supporting them, are to recognise them as individuals, who are seeking normality together with a sense of belonging and connectivity, and to adopt strengths-based approaches, working with their coping strategies to enable them to thrive and progress.

Transforming health through lifestyle change

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) inadequate physical activity is one of the leading risk factors for death worldwide. It is estimated that low levels of physical inactivity are responsible for 1 in 6 deaths and a significant risk factor for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, breast and colon cancer. Exercise can also improve mental health and quality of life. In this film, two local people from Dorset share their stories of how they transformed their health through increasing their levels of physical activity. The film also provides information about national guidelines on exercise for health and tips from a local diabetic nurse. Further information on the health benefits of exercise can be found on these links:

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Living at home with an enteral tube

An enteral feeding tube is a medical device which is used to provide nutrition to people who cannot obtain nutrition by mouth, are unable to swallow safely, or need nutritional supplementation. Many people living at home have a tube long-term and the use of the tubes is increasing. This short film describes the experience of living with an enteral tube day-to-day and draws on recently published research findings (Green, Townsend, Jarrett and Fader 2019 and Green, Townsend, Jarrett, Westoby and Fader 2019). The Chair of PINNT, a national support group run by people with tubes and their carers, and the President of BAPEN, a national charitable association which advances the nutritional care of patients, contribute to the film highlighting the importance of partnership working to improve support for people with tubes. This video will be used in nursing and allied healthcare professional programmes to raise awareness of the experience of people with enteral tubes and their carers.