About the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care

The Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care (NMPC) is a world-leading centre for education, training and research. In the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject, we are ranked number 2 in the world for nursing (including midwifery) and in the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, we are ranked number 5 in the world. In addition we hold two Athena Swan Silver awards. The worlds only purpose built Institute for Palliative care, the Cicely Saunders Institute, is part of our Faculty.

Developing leaders in palliative care across the world

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 has its origins in the work of two remarkable women. Florence Nightingale who established the first professional nurse training school at St Thomas’s Hospital in 1860 and Dame Cicely Saunders, noted for her work in palliative care research and her role in the birth of the hospice movement. We are committed to shaping the future of healthcare and promoting education, research and networks, underpinned by our central belief in a robust, evidence-based approach.

The Faculty is located at two central London campuses – King’s College Hospital in Camberwell/Denmark Hill, and James Clerk Maxwell Building at Waterloo. All are in easy access to central London.

The Faculty has a new research strategy, has created distinct research divisions alongside the Cicely Saunders Institute, 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.

Our vision is to lead in evidence-based health and social care that innovates and transforms care & practice through integrating our cutting-edge research, education and engagement in nursing, midwifery, palliative care and rehabilitation and builds a cadre of future world leaders. We achieve through excellent and impactful interdisciplinary and collaborative applied research and quality education relevant to nursing, midwifery and palliative care, which benefits our local and global communities. We develop, understand and evaluate sustainable health and social care therapies, treatments, services, and create new knowledge that respond to the challenges of tomorrow and today, take account of the whole person in their context, and build capacity, future leaders and quality education. Our values include: equality and equity, inclusivity, respect and diversity, challenge and support, representation, leadership and role modelling, co-creating and improving, collaborating and shaping, integration.

About King’s Health Partners

King's College Hospital

King’s Health Partners brings together King's College London, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT), King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (KCH) and the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) in an Academic Health Sciences Centre, where world-class research, education and clinical practice are brought together for the benefit of patients. King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration.

Palliative Care, and Women and Children’s Health are two of the leading 23 Clinical Academic Groups (CAGs) and Partnerships within King’s Health Partners in recognition of their unique and outstanding offering in clinical care, research and training. Both are centres for excellence, improving outcomes in their relevant fields, locally, nationally and globally in childhood and on into adulthood, with an integrated mind and body approach, in the context of community. The vision for excellence in clinical care, research, education and policy engagement are the cornerstones of the groups. Other CAGs include; pharmaceutical sciences, psychological medicine and integrated care, cardiovascular, child and adolescent mental health, cancer and neurosciences.

Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts serve a national and international specialties, and local populations amongst the most ethnically and economically diverse in Europe. Together, they provide a comprehensive range of medical education and healthcare services, including acute and specialist medical care, local and highly specialised mental healthcare, community services, and services that promote physical and psychological wellbeing. Recently, Evelina London, part of Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, became the second largest provider of children's services in London with a vision is to be a world leading centre of life-changing care for children, young people and their families.

About King’s College London

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King’s College London is a multi-Faculty institution, dedicated to making the world a better place through the advancement of knowledge, learning & understanding in the service of society. We provide high-quality research, innovation and education, across the sciences, medicine, nursing, psychiatry, humanities, law, dentistry, social sciences and policy development. 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 and offering a vibrant, intellectually stimulating environment. The QS World Rankings 2022 placed King’s 35th overall in the world, 2nd in the world for Nursing (including midwifery), 23rd for Life Sciences and Medicine.

King’s College London has one of the largest groups of applied and allied health and social care researchers in the world, united by their vision to work together to deliver scientifically informed solutions to health and care problems through applied health and translational research of the highest rigour, significance and originality and its impacts. King’s offers education in the widest range of subjects allied to medicine of any other London institution and is the largest centre for dental, medical, nursing and midwifery education in Europe.

We host an NIHR Applied Research Collaborative, two Biomedical Research Centres, the Innovate UK London Medical Imaging & Artificial Intelligence Centre for Value-Based Healthcare, and One London Health Data Research UK site (with UCL, Imperial and QMUL) and multiple clinical research facilities.