Hello everyone, I thought you might find this resource useful. I only heard about it today and I think it could come in useful for the children, young people and families you work with. provides free, reliable information about health issues, by sharing people’s real-life experiences. You can watch people sharing their stories about cancer, autism, motor-neurone disease, pregnancy, drugs, depression and much more.

If you, or someone you care about, is affected by any of the 100 subjects we cover, you can find out what happened to 40 other people in the same situation. You will find good advice and reassurance on topics such as:

– Making decisions about health and treatment
– Talking to friends and family
– Practical issues like money and travel
– Emotional wellbeing
– Impact on work or education comes from a unique partnership between a charity called DIPEx and The Health Experiences Research Group or ‘HERG’ at The University of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Primary Healthcare Sciences. The website is managed by the charity and the research that appears on the site is produced by the HERG team. was created in 2001 by Oxford GP Dr Ann McPherson CBE and Dr Andrew Herxheimer after their own experiences of illness. Ann had been diagnosed with breast cancer and although she knew about the medical side, couldn’t find anyone to talk to about what it was really like to have the disease. This, and Andrew’s experience of knee replacement surgery, prompted them to come up with the innovative idea of a patient experience website.


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