Casting call for Doris

Do you know Doris Clark?  Doris lives on Our Street, which is a virtual street set somewhere in Yorkshire.

Doris is just one of a range of new animated characters living on Our Street, the residents of which will be used to explain health service changes through their own health and social care issues.

NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group who have developed this new and innovative animated campaign are now looking for a local person cast as the real life Doris to help them develop new storylines for the animated character, Doris Clark

Dr Phil Earnshaw, Chair of NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We are currently looking for someone who has a long term condition, is accessing health services and may in the past have had to be treated in hospital.  Basing Doris on a real life person will help bring Doris’s character to life.  You don’t have to be called Doris in real life or be the same age, you just have to watch the video at and if you think you or someone in your family has health and social care similarities with Doris get in touch.  We can then use your real life experiences to help develop Doris’s character and her future storylines.”

If you want to be cast as our animated Doris please contact John Kerr on 01924 317659 or email

Let us know what you think about Our Street and our characters by visiting then dropping us a tweet on twitter @ThisisOurStreet. Is it up your street?  Can you identify with the characters?  If you are not Doris you could be one of our other characters – look out for more casting calls in the future. We will be advertising in the media and on our twitter feed @ThisisOurStreet.

Editor’s notes

Our Street is part of the communications and engagement programmes supporting the transformation of health services provided in the community and in local hospitals across Wakefield and North Kirklees.     

The work is not unique to this area. Many NHS organisations across the country have looked at how their services are provided and have made major changes to make them fit for the 21st century and sustainable over the long term.

The work is being led by The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and local CCGs. Patients, clinicians, patient representatives and partner organisations will continue to be involved as the process continues.

For more information on Meeting the Challenge, please visit

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