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The Cicely Saunders Institute is the first purpose built institute for research into palliative care offering palliative care courses and other resources relevant to palliative care. Palliative care is the active total care of patients whose disease is not responsive to curative treatment. The goal is the best possible quality of life for patients and their families, and includes control of pain and other symptoms, as well as attention to psychological, social and spiritual problems.
The Institute brings together academics, healthcare professionals, community organisations, patients and carers in one centre and acts as the hub for a network of international research. It offers high quality palliative care solutions to patients, as well as providing education, patient information and support.
The Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care opened in May 2010, the result of a partnership between the King’s College London and the charity Cicely Saunders International. The Institute is home to a number of distinct groupings, both clinical and academic:
The academic component of the Institute is King’s Department of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation. The department benefits from a unique collaboration of palliative care and rehabilitation teams and is a multiprofessional department comprising two professors, four lecturers (two senior lecturers) and around 40 research, education and support staff and consultants. Staff members have diverse academic backgrounds, from medicine to sociology, philosophy to anthropology.
The purpose-built Institute provides expanded capacity to offer new palliative care courses and