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Humans of Healthcare

We didn't set out to talk about dying when we had a new kind of conversation about health and social care, but death was always there.

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We didn't set out to talk about death and dying when we launched our Humans of Healthcare exhibition in London in May 2016. The purpose of the exhibition was to share inspirational stories from people about their experiences of using or working in health and social care. Upon hearing these stories, many visitors to the exhibition also shared their own stories.

Death and dying was an ever present theme - whether it was talking about the death of yourself (through illness or through taking your own life), the death of a loved one (through illness, suicide or violent crime), or the death of a patient or service user if you are a health or social care professional.

We realised that the experience of death will be felt and told from many different perspectives. While this short clip does not begin to do justice to all of the perspectives we have heard, we wanted to share some of the experiences that people bravely shared with us.

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

The event of death will be felt from many different perspectives. It is difficult to understand each perspective unless we talk about them in an open way, within a trusting environment.

Tell us about your work experience:

13 years in technology and change management. In 2015 I founded Spark the Difference, a UK social enterprise in health and social care. We want to inspire passion and possibilities in care.


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