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 research education, and training. In the last three years (2019-2021) of QS World University Rankings by Subject, we are ranked top in Europe and second in the world for nursing (including midwifery). In the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, we are ranked number 3 in the world. Palliative Care at King’s is ranked top in Europe and second in the world according to citation analysis, and has the unique world leading Cicely Saunders Institute. 
Directly descended from the training school Florence Nightingale established in 1860, we are proud of our heritage and tradition of excellence. 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 was newly realised in 2017 by bringing together Nursing and Midwifery with the Cicely Saunders Institute, to create the Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care.  The Cicely Saunders Institute unites clinical, research and education teams in the world’s first and only purpose-built institute of Palliative Care, established in 2010, with in a bespoke environment built by adopting hospice principles.
Cicely Saunders Institute Of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation
We have around 3,000 undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research students and around 140 academic, and research and clinical staff, supported by ~50 professional services staff. Around 20% of our students are from the EU and rest of the world, and we plan to increase this with a new International programme.

​​​​​​​Our pre-registration courses are designed to prepare students for their careers, and we offer qualified nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals the chance to continue their learning through professional development. 

We develop robust research through close working with patients, practitioners, policy makers and experts, which provides an evidence base for professionals in practice and improves care for patients and their families. 
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Student nurses educational experiences during COVID-19
During the Covid-19 Pandemic and Lockdowns the Faculty make a tremendous and rapid response, across education, research and clinical services. Much education, research and administration moved to on-line person to person interactions, with a considerable expansion of our digital offering. We also lead research and clinical responses across nursing (from intensive care to community and care homes), midwifery and palliative care. Our future strategy will evolve to take account of these developments and our learning. 
In the last Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), over 90% of our research was rated as world class or world leading. Our research focuses on populations with complex concerns and experiences in palliative, end of life and rehabilitation care, those affected by long term or multimorbid conditions and those needing considerable nursing, mental health or midwifery care. We have a new programme of research in clinically applied technologies, and leading methodological programmes in co-design and complex trials, with a new Nightingale-Saunders Complex Clinical Trials Unit, as a spoke of the National Institute for Health Research accredited Clinical Trials Unit at King’s. We are launching a new Nightingale-Saunders Centre for Doctoral Studies in 2021, within the King’s Centre for Doctoral Studies​​​​​​​
 We actively engage with the public, patients, families, practitioners, managers, educators, policy makers and our students. We have deep relationships with NHS Trusts across London and the South East, so our pre-registration students have the chance to immerse themselves in practice and work alongside professionals with clinical expertise in a whole host of areas. King’s College London is the academic partner to Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts, which together make up King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre. 
St Thomas' Hospital
The Faculty has expanded education internationally in recent years through its collaborations with Nanjing Health School in China and Ngee Ann Academy in Singapore. In China, King’s has provided consultancy, education and training to help build the Nanjing nursing workforce, developed a curriculum with evidence-based practice at its core and set up the Nightingale Nursing College of Nanjing, a major new educational institution. Our programme in Singapore is the first King’s degree taught fully outside of the UK and designed to equip qualified nurses with critical skills that will transform the way they approach challenges in their career.
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion is a key driver in all our work. 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. Developing our staff is important to us. We offer a clear academic promotion process as well as support for academic supervision and research grant applications. 
 
King’s is ambitious for the Faculty to be world leading in education and research, with a new
Executive Dean, Professor Irene Higginson, appointed in 2021. Society faces an increasing need for nursing, midwifery and palliative care, globally and in the UK, and the Faculty must continue to play a leading role in delivering this and developing the leaders and professionals for the future. We plan to refresh our education strategy, as part of our overall strategy, and encouraging stronger integration between research, education, and care services for the benefit of students, staff, and care practice.  We have dedicated student experience leads, to enhance student experience and interaction. We have an active programme of widening participation. 

We seek to
embrace the challenges and opportunities for future workforces, digital changes in health care and education, and ensure our students, undergraduate and postgraduate, are given the very best support, facilities, and opportunities to equip them to become future leaders, practitioners and/or academics. We plan to expand our postgraduate taught programmes, more closely link our education to our research strengths, where appropriate, and expand our digital education. Developing and nurturing relationships with our key NHS and other partners is core to our success. As one of four leading health faculties at King’s, there is the opportunity to build upon existing disciplinary and interdisciplinary strengths, in order to strengthen King’s reputation as one of Europe’s leading and largest centres of health-related research and education. 

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). 
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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.

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King’s Education Strategy 2017 – 2022


Education at King’s is undergoing an exciting transformation. For almost two hundred years King's has been at the cutting edge of research-enhanced teaching, educating our students to become critical thinkers and to lead and change the world. This has been particularly true as we have continued to deliver excellence in education during the past year, when students have had limited opportunities to learn on campus.  Our Education Strategy 2017-2022 is built upon the first priority of Vision 2029, ‘educate to inspire and improve’ and has been developed by our staff and students to provide energy and focus to our future focused goals informed by our long tradition of academic excellence and service. Students and the student experience are at the very heart of the strategy, which takes an holistic approach to education. 

King’s Education Strategy sets out our ambition to 2022 to produce highly employable, strong and capable graduates informed by a curriculum, delivered in the heart of London, enhanced by research, service and international perspectives. 

The six strategic goals for education are:
•    Drive world-class learning and knowledge creation through research-enhanced education
•    Expand learning opportunities through flexing the curriculum and increasing access to co-curricular activities
•    Embed civic engagement and service learning across King's
•    Ensure all King's students are equipped for success
•    Support positive wellbeing as a fundamental ethos of the university
•    Embrace students as co-collaborators of the educational experience.


The full Education Strategy can be downloaded here


Leadership and structure

The Executive Team comprises



King’s comprises nine faculties, each with an academic leader and professional services lead: Executive Dean of Faculty and Faculty Operating Officer (FOO). Professional Services are provided in every Faculty as well as centrally to deliver support for students and staff.


The nine Faculties are organised into two groups, with the Executive Deans reporting to the Provost & Senior Vice President (Arts & Sciences) or Provost & Senior Vice President (Health).


Our faculties



Francis Crick Institute

King’s is a founding member of the Francis Crick Institute, a biomedical discovery institute bringing together six of the UK’s most successful scientific and academic organisations to understand the fundamental biology underlying health and disease and to translate discoveries into new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat major illnesses.
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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.