To listen to David talk about his experience in the health care system following a stroke is moving, inspiring but also very thought provoking. David’s experience and the eloquent way in which he discusses it, makes us all think about the way we interact with and care for people who have suffered a stroke. People’s needs maybe as simple as holding a hand when someone is terrified or helping them through the perhaps painful repetition of learning to move or talk again but either way health care professionals need to do this with care and compassion backed up with knowledge and professionalism.

Liz Westcott | Department Head – Clinical Health Care Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Oxford Brookes University

David uses his NLP and Coaching background to eloquently describe his journey from paralysis to mobility, both physically and mentally. His seven steps to recovery can be used in their entirety or independently to motivate patients and health care staff towards better outcomes.

Nina Bartlett | Consultant Pharmacist for Older People, North West London

“When we held a seminar in Oxford for international nurse leaders in 2012, a highlight was listening to David Festenstein’s story of his experience of recovering from a stroke in 2008. After all the thinking and debate of the day, David brought everything back to the real essence of high quality care: to focus on the person in front of you.”

Dr Louise Locock | Deputy Research Director of the Health Experiences Research Group, University of Oxford

I thoroughly enjoyed David’s Presentation today. He opened up new thoughts and ways of interacting with patients. consideration of the innate “resilience” of patients that we work with and the potential of the brain’s intrinsic healing force. I was struck afresh by the role and power of language in recovery. David is an excellent speaker.

Dr. Ferni Asebayo | Associate Specialist in Psychiatry

“David is an expert patient – someone who was clearly fully present in his time receiving care for a severe stroke and who possesses the rare capacity to translate that experience for clinicians and lay persons, alike. David is an important commentator in the current discourse on patient-centredness.”

Sarah H. Kagan PhD, RN | Lucy Walker Honorary Term Professor of Gerontological Nursing University of Pennsylvania

A valuable contribution to the wider discussion on patient self-care. A good story teller.

Ed Rosen | Director of Mentoring and Coaching

“Listening to David’s story, this has inspired me in my work with my patients with seemingly intractable problems in helping make a difference and supporting them on their journey towards a better quality of life.”

Dr Mandy Selby GP | Bromley West

David’s story gives special inspiration for those thinking about coaching and coaching for recovery from difficult experiences, relevant to all of us in particular.

Penny Morris | Educational Lead, Professional Support Unit, The London Deanery

“Hearing David talk about his experience in hospital reminds us very clearly how important the nature of communication is between a patient and whoever is caring for them. His insights provide valuable illustrations for our work with teams to improve quality of care.”

Joanna Goodrich | Fellow, Point of Care Programme, The King’s Fund

David’s presentation demonstrated that it is important to:

  1. Remind patients to have a vision of how they want to be in the future and to make small goals daily
  2. Look at the positives in your life and not concentrate on the negatives.

Dr. Shawarna Lasker | GP Trainer and Mentor

“David conveyed the results of his work in a clear and elegant way. It was clear that the audience was engaged and reflected on the key messages of the talk in relation to their own experience and practice.”

Sue Dobson | Rhodes Trust Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Associate Dean for Faculty, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.