Colette is an Academic Palliative Medicine Consultant, based at South Tees NHS Trust in Middlesbrough. Over the past 5 years, her research has built evidence around the nature, impact and response to legal needs in life-limiting illness. This has been supported by grants from The Legal Education Foundation, NIHR ARC North East and North Cumbria and the NIHR (Palliative and End of Life Partnership). Social welfare needs, including issues around finances, employment and housing, are prevalent in life-limiting illness and have rights, entitlements and protections defined by law. Responding to these needs as a more connected system is the focus of Colette’s current work, which engages a large multi-agency stakeholder group. She has always been interested in capturing experience, both from people receiving services and from those providing them. This has led to a stories-based interprofessional learning programme as well as strengthening representation from members of the public within the research, something which has proved transformational.