In our 7th Mobile Health Meetup, Ivor Williams (https://twitter.com/ivorinfo?lang=en) - Senior Design Associate at the Helix Centre (http://helixcentre.com/) and co-founder of Humane Engineering (http://humaneengineering.com/) - and Cassie Robinson (https://twitter.com/CassieRobinson?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) - director of strategy and research at Doteveryone (https://doteveryone.org.uk/), service designer and researcher at the Co-op (http://www.coop.co.uk/), and co-founder of The Point People (http://www.thepointpeople.com/) - will join us to talk about digital and service design for end of life care.
More people are beginning to engage with the reality of death and dying. In an Age UK survey (http://www.ageuk.org.uk/Documents/EN-GB/For-professionals/Research/Age%20UK%20End%20of%20Life%20Evidence%20Review%202013.pdf?dtrk=true) in 2013, 70% of those questioned were comfortable talking about death. Yet less than one third have discussed their wishes about their end of life with someone else. Although the UK is globally recognised for world-leading palliative care, the reality is more complicated. Often, the desired care is difficult to deliver.
Design can play a pivotal part in improving the experience of end of life care for patients, families, carers and healthcare professionals. But it requires sensitivity, and an approach that is still in its infancy.
Across their respective roles – as researchers, designers and prototypers – Ivor and Cassie share a deep-rooted commitment to social and cultural change in this area. In their work, they have engaged with the range of people, organisations and systems that define a modern death. It has given them a unique insight into the challenges, opportunities and issues around designing services, products and experiences for end of life care.
During this evening’s conversation Ivor and Cassie will talk around some key projects, and open up the discussion around what a modern healthcare system can do to make everyone’s death a dignified and peaceful one.
As always we'll invite attendees to share their experiences too, and look forward to another thoughtful and thought-provoking discussion.
6:30 pm - Doors open for networking. Food and drink will be provided.
7pm - Talk and open discussion.
8pm - Drinks at the studio.
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