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Ageing themes

Older Peoples Care


The Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery at King’s College London is rated as the top nursing faculty in the UK, and 3rd in the world (QS World Rankings by subject, 2017). The UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 assessment showed that over 90% of our research was rated as world class or world leading. Research is core to how we innovate, how we create knowledge and impact nursing, midwifery, and healthcare policy and practice, as well as how we educate.

Building on our legacy as the direct descendent of Florence Nightingale’s first school of nursing at St Thomas’ Hospital in London, we undertake world-leading research in nursing, midwifery and healthcare to improve health outcomes for people locally, nationally and internationally, aiming to  make the world a healthier place.


We invest our time and efforts into areas that deliver high quality, high impact research. Our research tackles the big questions that impact on the health and well-being of individuals, families and populations. Working with interdisciplinary colleagues internationally and nationally, we undertake research across four intertwined and linked themes, providing many opportunities for innovative and creative research based in different health settings, focused on different disease groups, and using a range of methodologies.

Within the older people’s theme there is a growing programme of research centred on living and dying well with frailty, dementia communication and improving care experiences during acute hospital admission through carer engagement, and diabetics management in older people. A related research stream is testing new models of workforce development to improve clinical competency, recruitment and retention within older people’s services, with innovative programmes such as the Older Person’s Fellowship (OPF) and the Education-Career pathway in Healthcare for Older people (ECHO). 



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