Every Story Matters

Every Story Matters is your opportunity to help the UK Covid-19 Inquiry understand your experience of the pandemic.

The UK Covid-19 Inquiry is investigating the impact that the pandemic had on healthcare, patients and health care workers. This is part of the Inquiry’s 3rd investigation (Module 3), which will look at healthcare decisions, primary care, NHS backlogs as well as long covid diagnosis and support.  

We want to hear from people who worked in healthcare and those who needed healthcare during the pandemic. This will help us to get a full picture of what happened during that time, what it was like and the decisions made.

Share your story

Don’t miss your chance to have your say. To ensure your story can shape our investigations into the impact of the pandemic on healthcare, please submit your experience by 29 January 2024.

Every Story Matters will remain open to the public until 2026. Any stories submitted after 29 January will still be built into the investigations, but will not form part of the specific investigation on healthcare.

The stories shared will help to build evidence for the Inquiry, shape investigations and create a lasting record of how the pandemic affected healthcare.

Watch the video below where Michael, a physiotherapist from the North West of England, talks about some of the issues around accessing personal protective equipment (PPE) during the pandemic.

Why should I share my experience?

While we can’t change the past, by sharing your experience with the UK Covid-19 Inquiry, you can help us to understand and assess what happened to you during the pandemic. This will assist the development of recommendations that could help future generations to come.

You can share as much or as little information as you feel able. We understand that reliving some of your experiences may be difficult. You can start the form, save your progress and come back to finish it when you feel ready.

Sharing an experience may trigger some difficult feelings and emotions, and we have information on organisations that can help you on a support page on our website.

Share your story

Your story will be shared anonymously to our legal team as part of a report for each of the Inquiry’s investigations. These reports will be submitted as evidence for the Inquiry’s hearings.

Every Story Matters will remain open throughout the Inquiry and you can follow our progress by signing up for our newsletter or following our social channels.

We want everyone to be able to share their experience of the pandemic. You must be aged 18 or over to use this form. 

The Inquiry is aware of the importance of understanding the experience of young people during the pandemic. The Inquiry will deliver a bespoke and targeted research project, hearing directly from children and young people most affected by the pandemic, to help inform its findings and recommendations.

Watch the video below where Kathryn, an NHS volunteer from the East Midlands, shares her thoughts on decisions made in healthcare settings during the pandemic.



Help is available if you need it

Sharing your experience may trigger some difficult feelings and emotions, and we have information on organisations that can help you on a support page on our website

Easy Read

Every Story Matters is available in Easy Read format.

Ask for a different format

If you need this form in another format, please tell us what you need by emailing us at contact@covid19.public-inquiry.uk. Please do not use this email address to share your experience with the Inquiry.

Or you can write to us at:
UK Covid-19 Inquiry

About Every Story Matters

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