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BBC Radio 4 programme 'Great Lives' features Cicely Saunders

Cicely-and-patient---230-x-230Actress and writer, Maureen Lipman champions 'the woman who changed the face of death’ on popular BBC programme ‘Great Lives’ which aired at 4.30pm, 6th September 2016.

You can listen to the programme via BBC iPlayer.

Cicely believed in the creation of a centre of excellence; housing research, education, information provision and clinical care, she founded Cicely Saunders International in 2002.

“We need one really serious research foundation to set standards for the world. Also, the hospice movement has largely concentrated on cancer; we need to look at other things, at what we can do for people with strokes and motor neurone disease. We need to go on learning so that in 10 years’ time we are doing things better than we are now.”

Five years after the death of Dame Cicely, the Trustees of Cicely Saunders International, successfully raised £10 million for the construction of the Cicely Saunders Institute at the Denmark Hill campus of King’s College London. It is the first institution in the world where researchers, practitioners, teachers and care are brought together under one roof, creating a complete multi-professional environment.

Dame Cicely Saunders is universally credited as the founder of the modern hospice movement. She pioneered person-centred and holistic care of chronically and terminally ill patients and their families, encompassing practical, emotional, social, and spiritual need.

“You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life.

We will do all we can not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die.”

At the Institute, we are proud to continue Dame Cicely’s legacy. We have developed the Palliative care Outcome Scale (‘POS’) measures, a family of tools to help with the communication and measurement of patients' physical symptoms, as well as their psychological, emotional, spiritual, informational and support needs. Measuring outcomes helps us to ensure that we provide the most effective and appropriate care for individual patients and their families. The POS family of measures are freely available for download on the POS website.