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Nurses urged to share inspirational care stories on new blogging site

Blog site founder hopes to create an awards ceremony to highlight extraordinary acts of caring

Nurses are being called on to share their inspirational care stories on a new blogging website. 

The Little Things TLC blog was set up in May to encourage health and social care professionals to think about the small things they do which add up to the bigger picture of a patient's care experience. 

It was set up by Geraldine Rodgers, a nurse consultant for frailty and long-term conditions at Goodmayes Hospital in east London, and Laura Stuart, an occupational therapist.

They want to highlight the work of nurses who go the extra mile for the patients in their care.

The pair were inspired by staff arranging a final goodbye between a dying woman and her beloved horse at Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in Wigan last year.

The story has since been shared 46 million times on Facebook.

Ms Rodgers said: ‘Inspiring acts of kindness go on every day in the NHS and we wanted a platform for people to share them.

‘Our dream goal would be to create a Little Things conference – where the stories can be discussed in person – and ultimately an awards ceremony.’

Recent blogs on the Little Things website have included tales of compassion, such as Ms Rodgers’ experience of helping a 100-year-old woman called Mabel deal with anxiety.

Ms Rodgers reassessed Mabel's care plan and encouraged her to knit blankets – a pastime the nurse knew her patient enjoyed.

Ms Rodgers even persuaded ITV to put some of the blankets on display on the set of her favourite TV soap opera Emmerdale.

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