Plan for tomorrow – live for today

Liz Rothschild with members of staff from the Advance Care planning Team and the Trust.

In support of Dying Matters Awareness Week from the 13th to 20th May 2019, the Integrated Advance Care Planning Service hosted ‘Outside the Box’, a live show about death, which was written and performed by the acclaimed Liz Rothschild.

The service, which is provided by North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Willowbrook Hospice, delivers education to health and social care professionals in advance care planning and end of life care.

The original and uplifting show took place at The Living Well in St Helens. It confronted the ‘elephant in the room’, by talking about death with humour, whilst asking the audience to embrace mortality and look on the bright side of life.

The Advance Care Planning Service has also produced an animation to help everyone put some very practical things in place, such as:

  • Writing a will
  • Planning funeral arrangements
  • Deciding on organ donation
  • Deciding future care wishes
  • Writing all of this down and telling others

Research has shown that just 35% of adults said they have made a will and only 30% had let someone know their funeral wishes. Talking about death won’t make it happen, and avoiding these conversations won’t prevent it.

Liz Rothschild said: “The beauty of this show is that it enables me to meet such wonderful, skilled and compassionate staff from across difference hospices and NHS trusts. I just hope the show helps in some small way to make people think differently about death.”

Neil Powell, Head of Operations at North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We were delighted that Liz agreed to perform her show for our service and key partners. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, with everyone feeling moved and inspired.”

For further information, and to view the Dying Matters animation on how to approach this subject with loved ones, visit: www.nwbh.nhs.uk/advance-planning

Photo: Liz Rothschild with members of staff from the Advance Care planning Team and the Trust. From left to right: Jane Uglow (End of Life Care Commissioner, Knowsley CCG), Janet Raine (Advanced Clinician Knowsley Care Home Service), Janet Cummins (End of Life Care Clinical Lead), Neil Powell (Head of Operations), Corinna Hurst (Advance Care Planning Team Coordinator), Debbie Ryan (Advance Care Planning Administration Coordinator), Lisa Gallagher (Advance Care Planning Facilitator, St Helens)

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