Prescribing Poetry for NHS staff - Breathe

Prescribing Poetry for NHS staff

Thu 6 Oct

As part of National Inclusion Week 2022, we worked in partnership with the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion team at Guy's and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust, to give staff a Breathing Space - a moment to reflect on the all-important question of what love means to them.

Breathe poet, Arji Manuelpillai, roamed through St Thomas’ Hospital, having brief but meaningful encounters with NHS staff members, and asking them to write a line in response to the prompt, “Love is…”

Based on their conversations, Arji prescribed staff with a poem to take away, offering a creative moment to pause in their day.

Arji then collated all of the responses to form this beautiful poem, a beacon of positivity in these challenging times.

A big Breathe thank you to Arji, NHS staff who shared and connected with us, and to Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity – who generously support our Breathing Spaces programme.