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Cicely Saunders Institute

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The Cicely Saunders Institute officially opened on 5 May 2010 and was the world’s first purpose-built Institute for palliative care. Today it brings together over 200 researchers, academics, healthcare professionals, students and community organisations to create a vital hub for research, education, clinical care and support.

The Institute offers a collaborative, open-plan space, sensitively designed by local architect Loates-Taylor Shannon with advice from Macmillan Cancer Support, community members and patient groups such as the Black Cancer Care. Ongoing patient and public involvement at the Institute ensures that our multi-skilled staff continue to respond to the changing needs of people suffering from life-limiting conditions.

The building is integrated for multiple uses and has won a BREEM award for its environmental features. It includes lecture rooms, meeting facilities, office and research space, a roof garden and an Information & Support Centre.

Information & Support Centre

The Macmillan Information & Support Centre is a welcoming and compassionate environment for anyone affected by cancer or other long-term conditions. Whether you or a loved one has just been diagnosed or finished treatment, our team is on hand to help you with any practical, emotional or social needs and concerns. The Centre is on the ground floor of the Cicely Saunders Institute building. Contact us or drop by Monday to Friday between 10 am and 4 pm. 

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Our people

Our people

Find out about our multi-skilled staff who work across care settings and disease groups.

Visiting Programme

Visiting Programme

The Cicely Saunders Institute welcomes applications from potential visiting scholars