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The Cicely Saunders Institute was the world’s first purpose-built Institute for palliative care, and it was established thanks to the pioneering vision of Dame Cicely Saunders. Towards the end of her life, Dame Cicely founded the Cicely Saunders International charity to carry on her work and advance palliative care research. Cicely Saunders International partnered with the Department of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation at King’s College London and opened our Institute in 2010.

We continue to be inspired by Cicely’s vision today, and we remain at the forefront of palliative care and rehabilitation by prioritising patient and public involvement and continuously adapting to the changing needs of global populations. We maximise our impact by integrating: 

  • Cutting-edge research - building new knowledge and discovering new treatments through world-leading ethical and robust clinical, applied and health services research.
  • Skilled multi-professional care - delivering top-quality evidence-based clinical care and support to patients and carers, for life and living, and death and dying.
  • Innovation in engagement and education - embedding change in policy and practice nationally and internationally, engaging with patients and the public, and inspiring tomorrow’s leaders in the field.

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Inspiring tomorrow's palliative care leaders around the world.

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Research & impact

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Patients & the public

Patients & the public

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#1 in the world for research citations in palliative care (top 1% according to SciVal)

Highest recruiter of patients into UK palliative care studies