The Secrets of Storytelling to children in hospital

Learn storytelling skills to develop a quick and easy rapport with children using our FREE 30-minute online training course

Since 2010, Read for Good has provided a professional storytelling service to children in hospital in the UK. Working in all 30 of the UK’s major children’s hospitals, our team of skilled, professional storytellers are making life a little bit better for children in hospital. And it’s not just about entertainment, our research evidences that following a visit from one of our storytellers, children feel less anxious, more relaxed, and happier overall, as do their families.

Over this time, our storytellers have honed techniques that mean they are able to meet a child, often in the most traumatic of circumstances, and instantly create a rapport, breaking down communication barriers and putting the child at ease, often helping them express deep-rooted feelings through a simple story.

Because our storytellers can’t be in each and every hospital or medical setting, we want to share some of their storytelling secrets so that any professional who works with children in hospital can learn how to create stories, and in turn, an easy rapport with each child they encounter.

Drawing on the experience of our 11 talented storytellers we’ve distilled some of their key storytelling tools into a 30-minute online training course that will give you the confidence to share stories with children in hospital and build a better rapport.

The training is provided completely free of charge, made possible by the support of our generous donors – the Katie Bradford Arts Trust and the Hospital Saturday Fund, to whom we are incredibly grateful.

Who is the training aimed at

This free training is suitable for anyone working with children in a medical setting – from porters to paediatricians. It is particularly ideal for anyone who is not confident in their interactions with children or anyone who wants to improve the overall experience for the child in their care. 

What does it do

The training will help you to understand the power of stories in a clinical encounter with a child – whether it’s to help put the child at ease, distract them from their situation, or to help draw out clinical information that can inform your treatment. You will feel more confident in your ability to interact with young people of all ages, and you will learn easy-to-use tools that will enable you to quickly develop an easy rapport with a child. 

What are the outcomes / Why you should do it

  • Establishing a good rapport
  • Gaining the trust and confidence of a young patient
  • Giving the child some much-needed control within a clinical interaction
  • Giving a child tools to better express what they are feeling or what has happened to them to aid diagnosis
  • Reducing the patient’s anxiety and stress (which in turn aids diagnosis and treatment)
  • Reducing the carer’s anxiety and stress
  • (Reducing your own anxiety and stress!)
  • Normalising clinical practitioners, medical equipment and the medical environment for a child

All of which will lead to an improved clinical encounter for you and for them. 

How to access the training

  • The training is around 30 minutes long in total
  • Click the orange button below to register for the training
  • You will be emailed a unique link to the training film immediately
  • Watch the training film in your own time
  • At the end of the training, you will be asked to click a link to complete a short questionnaire
  • On completing the questionnaire, you will be emailed a certificate and the course summary

Read for Good thanks our generous funders who made this training possible – Katie Bradford Arts Trust and the Hospital Saturday Fund.

This training course was created with the help of many contributors, but above all, we want to thank our special band of storytellers whose tales and experiences have inspired the training, helping to empower everyone who works with children to have the confidence to use stories to improve the experience for everyone.