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Dr Lesley Henson

Cicely Saunders International PhD Clinical Training Fellow



My research interest is regarding emergency department attendance and acute hospital admissions towards the end of life in patients with cancer.

In particular my PhD project aims to describe and investigate the factors associated with emergency department attendance in patients with advanced cancer towards the end of life. These factors will be used to construct risk models to help guide practice and in development of interventions that can help support patients and their families.


I qualified in medicine from Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2005. Following my graduation I worked in hospital based general medicine for four years across London and the south east during which time I completed my membership to the Royal College of Physicians. I chose to specialise in Palliative Care in 2009 and worked for two years in the UK as a specialist registrar before moving to Kampala, Uganda where I worked as a Clinical Fellow in the Makerere University and Mulago Hospital Palliative Care Team. I joined the Cicely Saunders Institute in the Department of Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation as a BuildCARE PhD Clinical Training Fellow in September 2012.

Selected Publications
  • Jeyakumar J, Fleming J, Henson L and Thorns A. (2011 May). Palliative Care Patients’ Attitudes to Participating in Research Trials. Poster Presentation at the 12th Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care, Lisbon.
  • Fleming J, Henson L, Jeyakumar J and Cawley D. (2011 May). A Baseline Review of Prescribing, Documentation and Use of Sedation in 3 Hospice Inpatient Units. Poster Presentation at the 12th Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care, Lisbon.

I have been involved with palliative care teaching for junior hospital doctors at King’s College Hospital as well as postgraduate exam teaching for the more senior medical doctors. I have also acted as an examiner for the medical schools OSCE exams.

I also help with some of the practical sessions for the annual POS 2 day workshop.

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