Better Endings - Innovation in End of Life Care

Jake Garber
Friday, 22 May 2015 - 10:50am

We are failing our dying. A study released this week by the Health Ombudsman reported on a stream of tragic cases where people’s suffering could have been avoided or lessened, and there are countless other studies which show that people are dying each year without the support they need to find meaning, connection and comfort at the end of their lives.

But a study means little when you experience first-hand the unnecessary pain and distress of a loved one when they die. As Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement said; “how people die remains in the memory of those who...

Can Design Save Democracy?

Aviv Katz
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 - 10:53am

I have always been a passionate believer in design’s potential for wider social impact. There is a long tradition of thinkers and doers, from Victorian socialists such as William Morris, through 20th century utopianists, environmentalists and post- modern radicals who all believed that design could and should be used to shake-up social norms and imagine alternative futures.

Historically, these provocateurs have remained marginal to mainstream social discourse and political debate. But this might be changing. In the past decade we have seen a greater use of design-related methods and...

COPD Care Quality and Co-Design

John Craig
Monday, 18 May 2015 - 11:28am

Roy always gets off the bus one stop early. Roy was a drummer in a band in the days of smoke-filled bars. He does this, and 99 other things to keep on top of the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) he acquired as a result.

We worked with experts like Roy - and many people less knowledgeable and confident - to develop a personalised scorecard to help people with COPD learn about their own condition and take action to prevent deterioration. The project - led by NHS Redbridge and with partners including UCLPartners - generated a...