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UCLan and NHS collaboration nominated for film award

Professor Bernie Carter works on ‘Child Doctor’

A children’s nursing professor from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has collaborated on an NHS commissioned film, which has been nominated for an award at a festival celebrating excellence in health and healthcare.

Professor Bernie Carter worked with the NHS England Patient Safety team to produce ‘Child Doctor’, which is competing in the ‘Best Commission’ category at the Haelo Film Festival. The film aims to encourage parents and families to speak up if they are concerned about their child’s health and especially if they think their child is deteriorating.

Commenting on the nomination, Prof. Carter said: “It’s so important that people take notice of this film and the festival nomination will help spread the word. The film’s objective is to reduce the number of children dying or deteriorating because people are missing the signs of deterioration. We want to support parents to speak up which is why the central message is, ‘if you see something, say something’.”

‘Child Doctor’ is part of a wider project to improve patient safety for children at risk of deterioration. Prof. Carter worked with Jayne Wheway and other members of the NHS England Patient Safety team, a national expert group as well as colleagues from Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Patient Experience at NHS England and a parent. This group commissioned and worked closely with Breakthrough Media who captured a story with a powerful message to create change and keep children safe.

The Haelo Film Festival is a new annual event, bringing together like-minded healthcare professionals to celebrate film excellence and showcase the brilliant films being used in health and healthcare around the world.

Prof. Carter and the team will find out whether ‘Child Doctor’ has been successful on 12 November 2015 at the Festival, which is being held at the Lowry Theatre, Manchester.