What we do
Aim & key message ▼
To improve health and wellbeing by supporting a change in knowledge, attitude and behaviour towards death, dying and loss and through this make living well, ageing well, grieving well and dying well the norm.
Our key messages:
- Natural death, dying and loss is normal
- Thinking about ageing and death when we’re healthy means there is less to think about if our circumstances change
- Thinking about ageing and death when we’re healthy means there is time for us to change our minds about our wishes if we want to!
- Discussing and recording wishes can lead to peace of mind and help our loved ones who we will leave behind
- Making healthy choices throughout the life course can help ourselves and those close to us to live well, age well, grieve well and die well
The Cheshire Living Well, Dying Well Partnership is supported by Macmillan Cancer Support; St Luke's Cheshire Hospice; and Public Health, Cheshire East Council and Public Health, Cheshire West and Chester Council.
The Cheshire Living Well, Dying Well Partnership, Cheshire Hospices Education and the End of Life Care Service Model combined to form a new organisation called the End of Life Partnership on 1 April 2014. The EOL Partnership is working together to transform End of Life experience and care.
For more information, visit the End of Life Partnership website.
Ageing and end of life issues affect health and wellbeing in many ways including illness, disability, caring responsibility and bereavement.
During 2010, St Luke’s Cheshire Hospice consulted with the local community about end of life issues and concerns. The outcome of the consultation process was that community groups and organisations supported a broad public health approach to raise awareness and change behaviours in relation to death and loss.
Historically, public health has focused on reducing preventable disease and death. However, it is now recognised that ageing, end of life and bereavement has associated morbidity and mortality, which can be addressed by public health interventions, and therefore should be viewed as a mainstream public health issue.
In order to bring this strategic vision to reality, St Luke’s secured funding from Macmillan Cancer Support to develop a public health approach to End of Life issues. The Cheshire Living Well, Dying Well Programme Team was recruited in May 2011.
The Cheshire Living Well Dying Well programme aims to normalise ageing, natural death, dying and loss in society, break down taboos and support a change in public knowledge, attitude and behaviour throughout the life course.
Strategic focus ▼
The Cheshire Living Well, Dying Well programme has six key strategic focuses:
Partnership and strategy development
Establish and embed a public health partnership approach to death, dying and loss at a local, regional and national level.
End of Life financial housekeeping and future planning
Motivate and assist people to make plans, record wishes and have more open discussions about life, age, death and loss.
Create and develop a range of resources to enable effective and appropriate living well, dying well public health interventions.
Public education, learning and development
Raise awareness and increase knowledge and understanding as to why living well, dying well is a public health issue.
Build community capacity for End of Life Care via informal help from relatives and friends or via formalised volunteering.
Healthy workplace/ and businesses (Phase 2)
Encourage workplaces / businesses to review organisational approaches and recognise living well, dying well as a public health issue.
The development of the programme is already achieving national focus as a result of the innovative vision for the work. The programme model has been presented at the House of Lords and consequently referred to as a model of good practice in Parliament.
Evaluation and research ▼
An external evaluation has been commissioned to supplement in-house evaluation conducted by the Programme Team and Partnership. Teesside University will be evaluating the key roles and champions of the programme activity and the impact on individuals, organisations and communities.
The programme also benefits from a PhD Studentship funded by St. Luke’s Hospice and Liverpool University. This area of work will detail the impact of the public attended community education sessions delivered by the team.