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Exploring design around end of life care

In our 7th Mobile Health Meetup, Ivor Williams - Senior Design Associate at the Helix Centre and co-founder of Humane Engineering - and Cassie Robinson - director of strategy and research at Doteveryone, service designer and researcher at the Co-op, and co-founder of The Point People - 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 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. 

Image credit: Cove app

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  • Stacey P.

    Hello everyone, If this talk sparked a curiosity you may want to join us for a panel on: Designing Death: Challenges and Aesthetics for the 21st Century. This panel will consider the growing movement which questions whether current aesthetics and rituals still speak to our contemporary understanding of death?

    Panelists Louise Winter who is a writer and the founder of Poetic Endings - a modern funeral service offering ceremonies of substance, relevance and meaning.

    Dr. John Troyer who is the Director of the Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath. His research focuses on memorialization practices and the dead body’s relationship with technology.

    Ivor Williams who is a designer that specialises in death and dying, through his work at the Helix Centre and his research and consultancy group Being and Dying. To attend please register at:

    4 days ago

  • Stacey P.

    Dear All, As you attended this event "Exploring design around end of life care", which gave us all food for thought, I would like to warmly invite you to the opening night of my exhibition Material Legacies on the 28th February 2017 that may be of interest to you.

    This exhibition brings together a collection of works that encapsulate the essence of three people’s lives. It explores how making can create meaningful encounters with the dead. These bereaved makers, from The Hospice of St Francis, invite you to experience how they have crafted their loved ones’ physical and digital heritage.

    The exhibition is being held at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery, 10 Stockwell Street, London, SE10 9BD and will remain open to the public until the 24th March.

    To attend the Private View please register at:

    Gallery Website:

    February 10

  • Tania P.

    Very interesting. Great "food for thought" for an area that seems to be neglected by the design community.

    February 7

    • Emilie G

      Thanks for the lovely words, Tania. Great to hear that you found it a thought-provoking event.

      February 8

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