Film Night: the Evolution of the Patient Experience


The Public Programmes Team organised a film night that took a journey through the decades, using archived public health films to chart the evolution of the patient experience.

The audience also had a first look at’s new module, Living with Multiple Health Conditions.


  • To launch’s new module on living with multiple health conditions
  • To host a fun and engaging event for healthcare professionals, patients and the general public

What we did

Film Night: the Evolution of the Patient Experience brought public health engagement to the big screen. From public health films such as ‘coughs and sneezes spread diseases’ in the 1940s to Theatre of Debate’s People Are Messy in 2016, the changing role and responsibilities of patients in their own healthcare was charted through archive footage and contemporary theatre.

The film night was produced in partnership with the NIHR Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (PSTRC) and was a launch event for’s module on living with multiple health conditions. 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.


Photo credit: Rebecca Hays, NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC

Key partners in this project were the NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC and This project was in collaboration with the Health Experience Research Group, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford.