The aim of the film ‘It Helps to Talk’ is to highlight some of the real consequences in End of Life Care when communication breaks down, especially between social and health care providers. Flix was involved from the very conception, assisting in facilitating a series of workshops held by Skills for Care that brought together ‘champions’ in EoLC – people receiving care, their carers, and key members of the social and health care services.
From the workshops came a range of personal stories of issues resulting from communication breakdowns, and the groups worked together to identify ways in which those problems can be addressed, both systemically and through behaviours in delivering service.
Flix’s development team took those stories and messages and created an original script that encompassed some of the core issues and resolutions, to graphically demonstrate in human terms the impacts on a family experiencing EoLC.
We filmed over five days in London, with a fantastic cast and crew. It will form part of a larger training package titled ‘Working Together for Better End of Life Care’. If you would like more information on the package, please visit Skills for Care’s website HERE.
Produced by Skills for Care and Flix Films Ltd
In Partnership with Skills for Health and Health Education North Central & East London (HENCEL)
Director – Leon Ancliffe
Assistant Producer – Abbey Kay
Production Manager – Andy Kubat
Production Coordinator – Joshua Fairbairn
Screenplay by – Jamie Hooper & Leon Ancliffe
Technical Advisor – Joanna Black, National Council for Palliative Care
Pippa – Tayo Elesin
Kathy – Candice Onyeama
Jo – Ava Hunt
David – Idris Sobande
Susan (Carer 1) – Rachel Guershon
Debra (Carer 2) – Claire Cogan
Doctor 1 – Dr Shah Tauzeeh, Paramedic 1 – Tom Bonington, Paramedic 2 – Gayle Richardson, Nurse in Hospital – Debra Baker, Doctor in Hospital – Joanna Black, Dip Parmer – himself.
Skills for Care