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Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation

Organisational unit: Department

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Bessemer Road
Cicely Saunders Institute
United Kingdom
  • Phone: 020 7848 5516

Organisation profile

The Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care & Rehabilitation brings together under one roof an open-access patient and family information and support centre, facilities for patient and family support groups and small outpatient clinics, teaching facilities and the research teams. We are the world’s first purpose-built Institute for such work.

This integration extends to a developing management team spanning academics and KHP’s clinical teams in Guy’s and St Thomas’s and King’s College NHS Foundation Trusts, and rehabilitation services at Northwick Park NHS Hospital.  This structure is underpinned by practising clinicians from medicine, nursing, physiotherapy and chaplaincy, all in honorary KCL posts. A specific patient/caregiver/consumer collaboration group helps focus our research programmes on patient benefit. Senior faculty span relevant clinical and scientific disciplines. There are 9 PhD students, clinicians undertaking joint clinical/academic training, and around 80 MSc students attending a research-based MSc in Palliative Care. Well established clinical and research collaborations also exist with Sussex Community NHS Trust (joint NIHR nursing lectureship), local palliative care services (Lewisham Palliative Care team, the Royal Marsden Palliative Care Service, local hospices, including the two largest London hospices, St Christopher’s and St Joseph’s, and Greenwich and Bexley).

Our mission in CSI is to be a world leader; pioneering the very best in palliative care and rehabilitation by integrating:

Cutting-edge research to discover, test and apply new treatments that build knowledge,

Skilled multi-professional care for life and living, death and dying through top-quality evidence-based clinical care and support to patients and carers, and,

Innovation in engagement, education and training that changes and embeds policy and practice locally, nationally and globally, engages patients and the public, inspires and equips tomorrow's leaders.

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