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BuildCARE

Cicely Saunders International Faculty Scholars

A key arm of the BuildCARE project, this programme aims to establish exceptional individuals as the future clinical leaders and investigators in end-of-life and palliative care. 

Who are the Scholars?

They are the future clinical leaders and investigators in end-of-life and palliative care. They study at the Cicely Saunders Institute (CSI) in London for 3–4 years before taking senior positions around the world and making advances in important areas within their fields. 

What do they study?

The role of one of the Scholars is to focus on improving palliative care for older people. They are involved in developing ways to test improved methods of care and to provide psychological and spiritual support, as well as to treat the problems faced by older people, such as neglected symptoms.

The other Scholar concentrates on discovering ways of improving how people reaching the end of life can access palliative care services: this includes how palliative care is presented to patients and families and the different ways of offering care in hospital, the community and hospices. 

Dr Claudia Bausewein: BuildCARE’s first Faculty Scholar

Since becoming BuildCARE’s first CSI Faculty Scholar, Dr Bausewein has secured the role of Chair of Palliative Care at the University of Munich. She now leads a clinical and research programme in Germany. In addition, she is still linked to some of the research and education programmes (including POS training) offered by the CSI. 

Lucy-Selman

Dr Lucy Selman: our second Faculty Scholar

Appointed as a Faculty Scholar in March 2013, social scientist Dr Lucy Selman originally joined the Department in 2005, when she worked on research into developing a palliative care service for heart failure patients and caregivers and validating the APCA African POS. In 2012 she was awarded her PhD, for the first study of spiritual well-being and its assessment in sub-Saharan African palliative care populations, and was awarded the EAPC Early Researcher Award in recognition for her contribution to palliative care research. 

From 2013–14 Dr Selman was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, San Francisco, where she led the San Francisco arm of the IARE study. She currently leads the Transforming End of Life Care project, a study developing and evaluating the training of non-specialist providers of palliative care, funded by Health Education South London. 

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