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Professor of Palliative Care & Policy and Principal Investigator
Professor Irene Higginson qualified in medicine from Nottingham University and has worked in wide ranging medical and university positions, including radiotherapy and oncology, in-patient and home hospice care, the Department of Health (England), and various universities. She has been at King's as Professor and Head of Department since October 1996. In 2002 she was appointed Scientific Director of Cicely Saunders International, a new charity seeking to develop a centre of research in palliative care to improve care for patients and families. She has research interests and publications in the following areas:
Research Fellow and Study Coordinator
Barbara Gomes completed her first degree in Psychology and Health at the University of Porto, followed by an MSc and a PhD in Palliative Care at King’s College London. She has been a researcher at King’s since January 2004, working with Professor Irene Higginson in a long-term research programme aiming to discover ways of enabling patients with an advanced illness to die in the place of their choice, with quality and support for their families. She has research interests and publications in the following areas:
Senior Lecturer in Palliative Care, Social Scientist
Dr Jonathan Koffman has a BSc in Social Administration, and an MSc in Sociology with Special Reference to Medicine from Royal Holloway and Bedford New College. His previous work experience involved health services research and commissioning for a number of health authorities within the NHS. He joined the Department of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation at King’s College London in 1998 and is now a Lecturer in Palliative Care, MSc Co-ordinator for the inter-professional MSc in Palliative Care, and Sub Dean of Taught Postgraduate Studies in the School of Medicine. He has research interests and publications in the following areas:
Senior Lecturer in Palliative Care, Health Psychologist
Dr Sue Hall is a Chartered Health Psychologist. She studied Psychology at the Polytechnic of East London (now the University of East London) and received a PhD in Health Psychology at King's College London. Her first academic appointment was on a study exploring quality of life for patients with high grade brain tumours. For most of the next 11 years, she worked with the Psychology & Genetics Research Group, King's College London, running national and international studies focusing on adjustment to serious negative life events, behaviour change, and facilitating informed choice. In March 2006, she joined the Department of Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation as a Lecturer in Palliative Care. A particular interest is in the development and evaluations of palliative care for older people.
Professor in Health Economics
Dr Paul McCrone has worked at the King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry (IOP) since 1992 and was previously based in the Personal Social Services Research Unit (University of Kent). His main focus is on conducting economic evaluations in the areas of psychosis, neurology, primary care, posttraumatic stress and end of life care. He works collaboratively with colleagues from King’s College London, elsewhere in the UK and internationally and is participating in a number of multi-site European studies. A particular interest is in the assessment of the cost-effectiveness of new and complex interventions.
The QUALYCARE study Steering Group acted as an adviser to the Research Team. The Steering Group comprised representatives of the Department of Health, primary care trusts and local palliative care services, the Office for National Statistics, and a bereaved relative acting as a user representative.