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Meet the team

Professor Irene Higginson

Professor of Palliative Care & Policy and Principal Investigator
Professor Irene Higginson qualified in medicine from Nottingham University and has worked in wide ranging medical and university positions, including radiotherapy and oncology, in-patient and home hospice care, the Department of Health (England), and various universities. She has been at King's as Professor and Head of Department since October 1996. In 2002 she was appointed Scientific Director of Cicely Saunders International, a new charity seeking to develop a centre of research in palliative care to improve care for patients and families. She has research interests and publications in the following areas:

  • quality of life and outcome measurements
  • evaluation of palliative care services and interventions
  • epidemiology
  • clinical audit and effectiveness
  • psychosocial factors and care
  • symptom assessment
  • cachexia/anorexia
  • elderly care

Dr Barbara Gomes

Research Fellow and Study Coordinator
Barbara Gomes completed her first degree in Psychology and Health at the University of Porto, followed by an MSc and a PhD in Palliative Care at King’s College London. She has been a researcher at King’s since January 2004, working with Professor Irene Higginson in a long-term research programme aiming to discover ways of enabling patients with an advanced illness to die in the place of their choice, with quality and support for their families. She has research interests and publications in the following areas:

  • preferences and decision-making
  • evaluation of palliative care
  • home care
  • place of death
  • symptoms
  • bereavement 

Dr Jonathan Koffman

Senior Lecturer in Palliative Care, Social Scientist
Dr Jonathan Koffman has a BSc in Social Administration, and an MSc in Sociology with Special Reference to Medicine from Royal Holloway and Bedford New College. His previous work experience involved health services research and commissioning for a number of health authorities within the NHS. He joined the Department of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation at King’s College London in 1998 and is now a Lecturer in Palliative Care, MSc Co-ordinator for the inter-professional MSc in Palliative Care, and Sub Dean of Taught Postgraduate Studies in the School of Medicine. He has research interests and publications in the following areas:

  • end of life care experiences of black and minority ethnic groups
  • social exclusion
  • culture and ethnicity
  • older people
  • mental health
  • palliative care education

Dr Sue Hall

Senior Lecturer in Palliative Care, Health Psychologist
Dr Sue Hall is a Chartered Health Psychologist. She studied Psychology at the Polytechnic of East London (now the University of East London) and received a PhD in Health Psychology at King's College London. Her first academic appointment was on a study exploring quality of life for patients with high grade brain tumours. For most of the next 11 years, she worked with the Psychology & Genetics Research Group, King's College London, running national and international studies focusing on adjustment to serious negative life events, behaviour change, and facilitating informed choice. In March 2006, she joined the Department of Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation as a Herbert Dunhill Lecturer in Palliative Care. Since retiring in 2012, Sue has had an honorary appointment at the Institute.

Dr Paul McCrone

Steering Group
The QUALYCARE study Steering Group acted as an adviser to the Research Team. The Steering Group comprised representatives of the Department of Health, primary care trusts and local palliative care services, the Office for National Statistics, and a bereaved relative acting as a user representative.

  • Professor Mike Richards (National Cancer Director, Department of Health)
  • Dr Tessa Ing (Head of End of Life Care, Department of Health)
  • Dr Nada Lemic (Director of Public Health, NHS Bromley)
  • Clare Henderson (Assistant Director Planning, Independence and Older Adults, NHS Islington)
  • Dr Jacqui Lindo (Director of Public Health, NHS Sutton and Merton)
  • Ursula Daee (Service Development Manager for Older People & End of Life Care, NHS Westminster)
  • Dr Julia Riley (Director Palliative Medicine Department, Royal Marsden Hospital)
  • Dr Myer Glickman (Head of Health Analysis, Office for National Statistics)
  • Nell Dunn (writer and user representative)

Advisors and collaborators

  • Professor Massimo Costantini, Regional Palliative Care Network, National Cancer Research Institute of Genoa
  • Professor Eduardo Bruera, Anderson Cancer Centre, University of Texas, USA
  • Dr Kathleen Foley, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre, USA
  • Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, School of Medicine, Cardiff University
  • Peter Davies, Office for National Statistics
  • Stephen Rowlands, Office for National Statistics
  • Justine Pooley, Office for National Statistics
  • Professor Lynne Turner Stokes, Department of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation, King’s College London
  • Dr Anita Patel, Institute of Psyhiatry, King’s College London
  • Dr Elizabeth Davies, Thames Cancer Registry, King’s College London
  • Dr Peter Madden, Thames Cancer Registry, King’s College London
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