Society faces an increasing need for nursing, midwifery, and palliative care across the world. We believe our education and research can help improve healthcare for people globally by delivering and developing the leaders and professionals of the future and through research which contributes substantially to the evidence base of their professional practice.
This is an exciting time to join the Faculty as we look to refresh our overall strategy, and encourage stronger integration between research, education, and care services for the benefit of students, staff, and care practice. We are proud of our community’s rapid response and life-saving contributions to the COVID-19 pandemic across education, research and clinical services and the hard work of our staff and students during these times. As we look to the future, we are considering how the rapid redevelopment and considerable expansion of our digital offering and ways of working will contribute to the refresh of our strategic ambitions.
About the Faculty
The Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care (NMPC) is a world-leading centre for research, education and training. Our vision is to become the leading centre in the world for the education of nurses, midwives, and palliative care professionals and for high quality, impactful applied clinical and health research.
3,000 undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research students
250 academic, research, clinical and professional services staff
90% of research rated 3* or 4* in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF)
#1 in the UK and #2 in the World for Nursing (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021)
#1 in Europe and #2 in the world for research citations in palliative and end of life care
2 Athena SWAN Silver Awards held by the Faculty and the Cicely Saunders Institute
Directly descended from the Training School Florence Nightingale established in 1860
Home to the Cicely Saunders Institute, the world’s first and only purpose-built institute of palliative care
in the World for Nursing (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021)
of research rated 3* or 4* in the Research Excellence Framework 2014
academic, research, clinical and professional services staff
undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research students
How we’re organised
Three research divisions: Care for Long Term Conditions, Applied Technologies for Clinical Care, and Methodologies, which includes our new Nightingale Saunders Clinical Trials Unit. The divisions support research-active staff and PhD students to produce high-quality, robust research and develop their careers.
The Cicely Saunders Institute for Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation, a unique multi-professional centre for research, education and clinical care.
Four teaching departments: Adult Nursing, Child & Family Health, Mental Health Nursing and Midwifery, providing pre-registration, undergraduate and postgraduate education.
The Nightingale-Saunders Centre for Doctoral Studies newly launched this year as part of our strategy to support and develop well rounded, highly skilled researchers.
Nurses who are curious, compassionate, intelligent, resourceful, excellent clinical decision-makers and leaders in healthcare practice.
Child & Family Health
Helping children and their families, especially when their health and wellbeing are at risk.
Mental Health Nursing
Working relentlessly to change the way people understand the relationship between body and brain.
Shaping the conversation around midwifery and influencing changes in maternity care.
Research that transforms and innovate
Our research transforms health, quality of life and care across nursing, midwifery, palliative and end of life care, rehabilitation and related clinical, health and social sciences. Our teams develop, understand, implement, and evaluate interventions, therapies, and care across our fields. We build knowledge, lead policy and practice and improve outcomes for patients and those important to them. We address complex, multi- and interdisciplinary health and social challenges locally, nationally and internationally. Our flourishing Nightingale-Saunders Complex Clinical Trials and Epidemiology Unit (NSU), supports high quality complex clinical trials and related studies in nursing, midwifery, palliative care, rehabilitation and relevant heath care and clinical studies.
We work with local services and our partner NHS Trusts, lead national studies supported by NIHR, UKRI, EU and NIH and globally, and major research programmes in Africa and Asia. At King’s College London we work closely with Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts, and together we make up King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre. Our global studies are in collaboration with King’s Global Health Institute, which provides a focal point for King’s large academic community of Global Health researchers and students.
Applied Technologies for Clinical Care
Evidence-based technologies in clinical care.
Care for Long Term Conditions
Enabling people to live well with long term health issues.
Participatory approaches for improving health.
Cicely Saunders Institute
The world's first purpose built institute of palliative care.
Education that inspires and improves
Our pre-registration courses are designed to prepare students for their career, and we offer qualified nurses, midwives, and other healthcare professionals the chance to continue their learning through professional development. Through our deep relationships with NHS Trusts across London and the South East, our pre-registration students have the chance to immerse themselves in practice and work alongside professionals with wide ranging clinical expertise.
Our Faculty has a growing intake of international students. We also have international education collaborations with Nanjing Health School in China and Ngee Ann Academy in Singapore. Our programme in Singapore is the first King’s degree taught fully outside of the UK and is designed to equip qualified nurses with critical skills that will transform the way they approach challenges in their career.
A supportive community where you can grow and succeed
Developing our staff is important to us. We offer a clear and transparent academic promotion process as well as support for academic supervision and research grant applications. This year, we also launched the Nightingale-Saunders Centre for Doctoral Studies, to grow and support new and emerging research talent.
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion is a key driver in all our work, and we believe in co-creating, shaping, and improving an inclusive environment for all our students and staff. Both the Faculty and the Cicely Saunders Institute hold Silver Athena SWAN awards for our commitment to gender equality, with an ambition to achieving gold in future submissions.
About King’s College London
King’s is one of the top 10 UK universities, ranked 31st in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2021) and the fourth oldest university in England, based in the heart of London. King's has over 31,000 students 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 about £1BN (2020/21).
King’s Strategic Vision looks forward to our 200th anniversary in 2029. It shows how King’s will make the world a better place by focusing on five key strategic priorities: educate to inspire and improve; research to inform and innovate; serve to shape and transform; a civic university at the heart of London; an international community that serves the world.
King’s Health Partners
King’s Health Partners (KHP) Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering collaboration between King’s College London and Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts. King's Health Partners is an Academic Health Sciences Centre where world-class research, education and clinical practice are brought together for the benefit of patients. KHP is the top recruiting Academic Health Science Centre in the UK (to NIHR portfolio studies) with Guy’s & St Thomas’ the top recruiting individual NHS Trust.