Dying Well

About Dying Well

Wellbeing matters for everyone at any stage of life, and the end of life is no exception. We want to understand what matters to people with terminal illness and how society can support their wellbeing as long as possible. The evidence about what matters is spread across academia, policy and practice, and we want to bring people from across these fields together to share their learning.

Together we will:

  • Make the case for putting wellbeing at the heart of palliative and end of life care and services, especially in Advance Care Planning conversations
  • Provide a space for practitioners show their experience and insights of putting wellbeing the heart of hospice and palliative care
  • Showcase research that can help policy makers and practitioners design better, wellbeing-focused services
  • Bring together a collaborative network of interested practitioners, policy makers and researchers to share learning and ideas

To join the Dying Well network email joanne.smithson@whatworkswellbeing.org

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Dying Well is a collaborative programme of work in partnership with Clair Fisher. Read Clair’s blog on how wellbeing evidence can improve the lives of people with terminal illness.

Dying Well Conversations

This is a series of conversations about wellbeing and terminal illness which took place in April and May 2021. We are bringing together practitioners, academics and individuals to talk about what really matters to people with life-limiting or terminal illness, and how to develop support which puts their wellbeing – and that of their families – at the heart.

27.04.2021 – Conversations at the end of life

  • We’ll be publishing a series of blogs from research, policy and practice on wellbeing and terminal illness. If you have a study, story, or project to share please get in touch!
  • Watch this space for a podcast too.


Aug 25, 2022 | By What Works Centre for Wellbeing
Measuring Progress: Quality of Life in the UK 2022
Guest Blog
Aug 18, 2022 | By Dr Deniz Gursul, Research Dissemination Manager, & Martha Powell, Communications Manager National Institute for Health and Care Research.
How evidence-based research can help local authorities to reduce obesity
Guest Blog
Aug 13, 2022 | By Nerissa Caesar
Wellbeing policy making with Westminster City Council
Guest Blog
Aug 4, 2022 | By Nancy Hey
The bridge from science to policy
Centre Blog

External resource

  • JUMP projects Happy Days volunteer report
  • Co-op Community Wellbeing Index
  • Thriving Places Index
  • World Happiness Report – happiness and voting behaviour
  • ONS governance and trust wellbeing data