“In my thirty-year career in palliative care, I have become increasingly exasperated by inaccurate, misleading and over-dramatised screen portrayals of dying. I am excited to say that here, at last, is a film to set the record straight.”Dr Kathryn Mannix, author, Consultant in Palliative Medicine

Recognising the valuable educational insight that award-winning documentary ISLAND by Steven Eastwood can provide, we have launched a unique educational toolkit, designed to enhance healthcare professionals’ understanding of death and dying. The resource is aimed at trainee and qualified medical doctors, nurses and palliative care professionals.

The ISLAND toolkit was developed with Barts Health NHS Trust QMUL, Martlets Hospice & Sussex NHS Trust, Mountbatten Hospice and St Oswald’s Hospice. We have incorporated feedback from pilot screenings and sessions held throughout 2019 and involving 150 trainee doctors and nurses reflecting on the film in classroom settings.

“One of the most gratifying and eye-opening moments during my medical training came when watching the film ISLAND; it really highlighted that hospices are places of living.” – Medical Student

The final toolkit has been created with palliative care physician and bestselling author Dr Kathryn Mannix, who also contributes an essay to the toolkit. We are grateful to Queen Mary University of London whose support enabled us to develop the ISLAND toolkit. 

You can view the Toolkit HERE

To enquire about purchasing an educational screener of ISLAND and/or building an event around the toolkit, please register your interest here.