We want to encourage people to talk about death and dying, and ensure that medical policy develops in line with people's views.Public Dialogue
The Departure Lounge
The Departure Lounge aims to encourage a national conversation about death and dying.
The Departure Lounge is a free pop-up shop in Lewisham Shopping Centre, south London, an interactive website and a digital campaign.
Visit http://departure-lounge.org/ to explore.
DATES: FRIDAY 10 MAY - FRIDAY 7 JUNE
LOCATION: Lewisham Shopping Centre
OPENING HOURS: Tuesday-Saturday: Midday - 5.30pm / Sundays: 11.00am-5.00pm / Closed Mondays
FREE AND OPEN TO ALL | http://departure-lounge.org/ | #thedeparturelounge
The pop up installation, modelled on an airport departure lounge, seeks to enable people to talk more openly about death and dying and explore what it means to have a good death. Visitors can explore the space, share their thoughts and talk to our Guides, who are a diverse mix of researchers and professionals with experience of death and dying. The Academy has chosen Lewisham as the base for The Departure Lounge as a busy, diverse area which is also the birthplace of the hospice movement. The installation coincides with Dying Matters Awareness Week (13-19 May 2019).
The Departure Lounge has been developed by the Academy of Medical Sciences with design agency The Liminal Space.
You can explore The Departure Lounge online at http://departure-lounge.org/
We are also creating flat pack versions of The Departure Lounge which we are giving to people across the UK.
These flat packs will be given to people interested in sparking conversations about death and dying across the UK. They will contain branded materials and resources developed by the Academy of Medical Sciences and The Liminal Space to prompt discussion and thought around the end of life, and what it means to die well. We hope that people will use and re-use the flat packs to host their own events on death and dying.
We are currently looking for people who would be interested in taking this suitcase-sized flat pack version of The Departure Lounge to their community. The Departure Lounge flat pack is free and there are a limited number of bursaries of £150 to support costs for events using these materials.
To register your interest visit: https://www.research.net/r/flatpack
The flat packs will be available from July 2019.
You can learn more about The Departure Lounge in:
- TimeOut - This pop-up shop in Lewisham is getting us to talk about death and dying.
- BBC - London News 9 May 2019
- The Observer – Welcome to the Departure Lounge. Destination: death
- The Guardian – Campaign aims to get people to better prepare for death
- The Times - Pop-up shop seeks to challenge taboos about popping off
- VICE – Scientists Want to Inspire Public Conversations About Death
- BBC Radio London - Jo Good with Dr Nicola White
- Huffington Post – Mum With Incurable Breast Cancer Wants To Be Made Into A Firework For Funeral
- The Voice – What Does It Mean To Have A ‘Good Death’?
- Lewisham Local – We need to talk about dying…
- All in London – The Departure Lounge
- Deccan Chronicle (India) – Talking about the last taboo: Death
- Yahoo! News: Live Science - What Happens in the Hours Before Death? Most People Don’t Have a Clue.
As part of this project, we have also been talking to the researchers we work with about their insights into death and dying, and how it impacts their work:
"Our research shows that half of all people with dementia will attend an emergency department in their last month of life. And yet we know that hospitalisation of people with dementia can lead to physical and cognitive decline. So, how can we prevent some of these avoidable hospital attendances?"
'Life before death – improving and discussing end of life care' from Dr Katherine Sleeman. Read more
"My work involves analysing the health records of more than a million patients to find out exactly what’s behind health inequalities, and why those from ethnic minorities are doubly disadvantaged, with the care and treatment they receive likely to be even worse."
'Doubly disadvantaged – why some people are dying too soon' from Dr Jayati Das-Munshi. Read more
"My passion stemmed from watching a very close friend die from the side effects of her leukaemia treatment. I realised that if we didn’t measure systematically the harms as well as the benefits of treatment, then we were not serving our patients well."
'When less is more: helping patients avoid unnecessary treatment' from Professor Dame Lesley Fallowfield FMedSci. Read more
We seek to ensure that medical and health research and policy around end of life care, death and dying reflects what people consider to be important.
We are undertaking a programme of policy workshops and public dialogue focusing on death and dying throughout 2019. If you are interested in being involved, please contact Holly Rogers, Communications and Engagement Manger, on email@example.com
1. Initial policy workshop
The Academy convened a workshop on 12 February 2019 to discuss the policy issues associated with end of life and palliative care, bringing together stakeholders from a range of backgrounds, spanning the health and care sectors, patient groups, and faith experts, amongst others. The meeting was chaired by Professor Irene Higginson OBE FMedSci, Professor of Palliative Care; Director of Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College London, and aimed to identify potential areas that might lead to future policy activity by the Academy and others.
- Dr Sabine Best, Head of Research, Marie Curie
- Professor Kay-Tee Khaw CBE FMedSci, Emeritus Professor, Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge
- Dr Kathryn Mannix, Palliative care doctor and author
- Dr Katherine Sleeman, NIHR Clinician Scientist and Honorary Consultant in palliative medicine, King’s College London
- Dr Mehrunisha Suleman, Research Associate, Centre for Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge
- Professor Bee Wee, Director for End of Life Care, NHS England
2. Public dialogue
We are working with Ipsos MORI to undertake a programme of public dialogue work. This will capture public views on death, dying, end of life care and the role of research.
We will be hosting a series of workshops with selected members of the public in The Departure Lounge pop up space in May and June. We are also conducting qualitiative interviews with visitors to The Departure Lounge focusing on quality of life and how comfortable people feel talking about death.
3. Death and dying main policy workshop
Outcomes from the Ipsos MORI policy work and actions going forward will be discussed at a policy workshop in autumn/winter 2019.
The Academy is also grateful for a core grant from the Government Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy that was also used to support this project.
The content has been developed with expert advice from:
- Professor Dame Jessica Corner FMedSci, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange, University of Nottingham
- Professor Dame Lesley Fallowfield FMedSci, Director of Sussex Health Outcomes Research & Education in Cancer and Professor of Psycho Oncology, Brighton and Sussex Medical School
- Baroness Finlay of Llandaff FMedSci FLSW, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Cardiff University, and Vice President, Hospice UK
- Professor Keith Hawton FMedSci, Professor of Psychiatry, Consultant Psychiatrist and Director, Centre for Suicide Research, Oxford University
- Professor Irene Higginson OBE FMedSci, Professor of Palliative Care & Director of Cicely Saunders Institute, King's College London
- Professor Diana Kuh FMedSci, Professor of Life Course Epidemiology and Director, MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing, University College London
- Professor Karen Luker CBE FMedSci, QNI Professor of Community Nursing, University of Manchester
- Dr Amara Nwosu, Academic Clinical Lecturer in Palliative Medicine, Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute Liverpool
- Mr Toby Scott, Head of Communications and Campaigns, Dying Matters
- Dr Katherine Sleeman, NIHR Clinician Scientist, King's College London
- Dr Maria-Paulina Socarras, Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Human Tissue Authority
- Ms Eve Wilson, Bereavement Supporter Project Manager, Cruse Bereavement Care
We would also like to thank the many individuals and organisations who have helped develop content and provided access to their stories, particularly St Christopher’s Hospice, Dying Matters, Marie Curie, Macmillan Cancer Support, HealthTalk, Hospice UK, Sue Ryder and Compassion in Dying.
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