Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation
The Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation
The mission of the Cicely Saunders Institute is to pioneer the very best in palliative care and rehabilitation by integrating:
Cutting-edge research – committed to building new knowledge and discovering new treatments through world-leading ethical and robust clinical, applied and health services research.
Skilled multi-professional care – delivering top-quality evidence-based clinical care and support to patients and carers, for life and living, and death and dying.
Innovation in engagement and education – to embed change in policy and practice nationally and internationally, engage with patients and public, and inspire tomorrow's leaders in the field from around the world.
The Cicely Saunders Institute is the world’s first purpose-built Institute of Palliative Care, bringing together clinical palliative care teams and academic team into one building and entity.
The Institute opened in May 2010, the result of a partnership between King’s College London and the charity Cicely Saunders International. The Institute is home to distinct groupings, both clinical and academic, and is led by Professor Irene Higginson. The Institute offers an excellent clinical academic environment, with integration of clinical and academic teams, and a rich multidisciplinary mix of health care and clinical researchers.
It has doctors (specialists in palliative medicine and general practice), nurses, therapists, social workers, social scientists, health economists, statisticians, epidemiologists, health services researchers, to bring a truly interdisciplinary mix to tackle the complex clinical, health and social care issues faced by tomorrows populations that will need palliative care.
applied clinical research into symptom management, in particular breathlessness
applied health care research into the development and evaluation of services, especially for neglected populations, such as those with multimorbidity, dementia, neurological disease, and LGBTQ and diverse cultural and ethnic groups
outcome measurement, developing and evaluating new measures or in new populations
living and dying in society, tackling issues such as access to care, support for carers, meeting preferences
global health palliative care – The Cicely Saunders Institute is accredited as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation.
Its team use a variety of methods including:
systematic literature reviews and meta-analysis into service and treatment effectiveness
big data, including linked health and care datasets, to assess the demographic, socio-economic and clinical variables associated with patterns of care before death and place of death
longitudinal studies of experience among patients with different diseases, e.g. cancer, liver disease, dementia and progressive neurological conditions
evaluations of palliative care services using trials, quasi-experimental and other designs.
The research programmes seek to be of the highest quality possible. The team is active in seeking external peer-review funding for research grants in palliative care from the NIHR funding streams, from charities and many others, and has experience in fellowship applications. The Institute now has over 80 staff from a wide range of disciplines.
It includes five Professors (Higginson, Harding, Gao, Turner-Stokes, Normand), three Readers (Sleeman, Evans, Koffman), an NIHR Clinician Scientist (Sleeman), NIHR Clinical Senior Fellowship (Evans), two Senior Lecturers (Bajwah, Maddocks), as well as a range of lecturers, senior research fellows, research fellows, associates, assistants and PhD students.
‘You matter because you are, and you matter in all moments of your life.’
Cicely Saunders OM DBE 1918–2005
This Institute is inspired by the vision of Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement, to be a bridge between information, education, care and science.
About Kirby Laing Foundation
The Kirby Laing Foundation was established in 1972 by Sir Kirby Laing, with the intention that both income and capital should be applied, at the Trustees’ discretion, for general charitable purposes. The Foundation has a long history of supporting medical welfare and research, with a particular emphasis on dementia, stroke and neuro-degenerative diseases, and has been a supporter of palliative care. Lady Isobel Laing knew Dame Cicely Saunders.
About Cicely Saunders International
Cicely Saunders International was established in 2002 by Dame Cicely Saunders, a founder trustee and its founder President. Dame Cicely is widely acknowledged as the founder of the modern hospice movement and is credited with “mentoring some of the great world leaders in this field”. Its mission is to promote research to improve the care and treatment of all patients with progressive illness and to make high-quality palliative care available to everyone who needs it – be it in hospice, hospital or home.
About Michal Galazka
Michal Galazka was a pioneer of international hospice education, and friend and collaborator of Dame Cicely Saunders and Professor Irene Higginson. He graduated from Harvard and founded a non-profit organization, the Hospice Education Institute which became an international organization, recognized and highly regarded around the world.
About the Faculty of Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care
The Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care (FNNMPC) is a world-leading centre for education, training and research. In the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject, we are ranked number two in the world for nursing and in the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, we are ranked number five in the world. The Cicely Saunders Institute is the only purpose built Institute for Palliative Care in the World, and is top in the UK and second in the world for research citations on palliative care.
We currently have around 3,000 undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research students and around 140 academic, and research and clinical staff, supported by 113 professional services staff. We are international in our outlook and around 20% of our students are from the EU and rest of the world.
The Faculty is located at two central London campuses - King’s College Hospital in Camberwell/Denmark Hill, and James Clark Maxwell Building at Waterloo. All are in easy access to central London.
The Faculty has a new research strategy, has created distinct research divisions, and a new Nightingale-Saunders Complex Clinical Trials and Epidemiology Unit, led by Professor Toby Prevost. The Trials Unit is part of the King’s College London NIHR accredited Clinical Trials Unit.
About King’s College London
King’s College London is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, learning & understanding in the service of society.
King's College London offers an intellectually stimulating environment in which to work, where staff are dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and learning in the service of society. We are a multi-Faculty institution, providing high-quality education, research and innovation across the sciences, humanities, medicine, law, dentistry, and social sciences. As a member of the Russell Group, an association of leading UK research-intensive universities, we are committed to maintaining the highest standards in research and education. King's is the largest centre for the education of healthcare professionals in Europe and is home to five Medical Research Council Centres spread across its three teaching hospitals.
King's is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2020) and the fourth oldest university in England, based in the heart of London. King's has over 31,000 students (including more than 12,800 postgraduates) from some 150 countries, and over 8,500 employees. King’s is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of just over £900 million (2019).