What is The Bigger Picture Collaboration?

The Bigger Picture project is a non-profit collaboration that aims to improve health professional wellbeing and patient care by providing a wider perspective including the arts and humanities. Key to this is connecting and working together with other organisations including The Royal College of General Practitioners; Faculty of History & Philosophy of Medicine and Pharmacy at the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries; NHS Charities Together and Deborah Alma’s Poetry Pharmacy.

We also give health professionals opportunities to develop, showcase and celebrate their creative talent, for example in the poetry anthology ‘These Are The Hands: Poems from the Heart of the NHS’ which is raising money for NHS Charities Together. A book about our shared humanity and the compassion and care that lie at the heart of the NHS and in all our lives.

‘A wonderful project’

Adam Kay

‘A wonderful anthology to celebrate the NHS, which itself is the greatest poem a country has ever written’

Stephen Fry


Simon Callow, CBE

‘The big, beautiful, beating heart of the NHS as you’ve never seen it before’

Rachel Clarke

‘A brilliant initiative’

Iona Heath, CBE (President RCGP 2009-2012)

‘What a wonderful project! Imaginative and inspiring’

Professor John Gilles, OBE (Chair RCGP Scotland 2010-2014)

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These Are The Hands

These Are The Hands

These poems give a unique insight into the real experiences of the people at the heart of the NHS, caring for us from the moment of birth to the end of life. In crystallising the most beautiful and painful moments of being human, they speak directly to us all.

The anthology also includes poems donated by leading UK poets, Michael Rosen, Lemn Sissay, Roger McGough, Wendy Cope, Sabrina Mahfouz, Molly Case, Kate Clanchy, Sam Guglani, Charly Cox, and the estates of UA Fanthorpe, Dannie Abse and Julia Darling.

All proceeds will go to NHS Charities Together which supports over 140 official NHS charities raising money for NHS hospitals, ambulance services, community and mental health services across the UK.

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* Published on 21st March (World Poetry Day) the book is available from all good book shops and online including Amazon. You can also buy now direct from our publisher, Fair Acre Press.

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