Due to continued interest in our approach and materials, we are now delivering online facilitated workshops and consulting with forward thinking health and social care leaders to engage their staff, systems and communities in this effort.
About Conversations for Life™
What people are saying about Conversations for Life™
We know that many parts of our society have not yet hurdled the cultural barriers to talking about death and dying. This project is another – very welcome and innovative – leap in that process.
National Director, National End of Life Care Programme
Professor John R. Ashton
CBE Director of Public Health and County Medical Officer
Medical Director, Hospice of St. Mary’s of Furness
Cumbria Project Steeering Group Member, Chaplain, Eden Valley Hospice
Conversations for Life™ has been developed over a decade in two countries (US and UK).
The Conversations for Life™ programmes and services provide a first step to catalyse a shift in the conversation from ‘end of life’ (later) to preparing for our future care (now). We have delivered this via an integrated public health and community-wide (public, staff, community organizations) engagement process based on our four-part change model.
In addition to consulting with systems, we continue to make the evidence-based tools and approach available directly to staff educators, individuals and family members via products & online workshops.
History in Brief
Our programme led and pilot-tested the first community-wide public health initiative in the UK in collaboration with NHS Cumbria.
- Our 3-hour public workshop has been delivered to hundreds of members of the public.
- More than 7000 professionals (GP’s, Acute Trust, Care Home, Community Nursing staff) have attended training in our approach and tools to use with patients and families.
- Our programme has received a national endorsement by the Department of Health, End of Life Care programme (UK).
- Building on this success, we were commissioned to design and deliver an integrated BAME initiative in collaboration with the MLSCCN, Through Our Eyes, which launched a new commissioning strategy and greater community awareness.
- Our facilitated approach to engage and launch awareness initiatives in 8 communities in end of life conversations and care was published in the BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care Journal »