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Dr Katherine E Sleeman BSc MBBS MRCP PhD

NIHR Clinician Scientist and Honorary Consultant in palliative medicine

Phone: 0207 848 5507
Fax: 0207 848 5517
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Palliative and end of life care for people with dementia; use of routinely collected data to understand patterns of care towards the end of life; place of death in neurological  conditions; inequalities in end of life care; evidence-based policy making.

I graduated from University College London Medical School in 1999 with a degree in Developmental biology (top 1st - 1996) and distinctions in clinical pharmacology and pathology. After training in general medicine and Oncology at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals and the Royal Marsden, I did a PhD at the Institute of Cancer Research (London) on breast cancer stem cells, graduating in 2007. I started specialist training palliative medicine in 2007, and was appointed to an NIHR Clinical Lectureship in palliative medicine at KCL in 2010. In 2016 I took up an NIHR Clinician Scientist Fellowship at the Cicely Saunders Institute, KCL.

Key Leadership Roles
  • Holder of the first NIHR Clinician Scientist Fellowship in Palliative Medicine
  • Past president and founder or Palliative Academic Clinical Trainees society (PACTs)
  • Past chair and current member of Divisional Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team
  • King's College London Academic Board
  • Academy of Medical Sciences Academic Careers Committee
Selected Publications
    • Sleeman KE, Davies JM, Verne J, Gao W, Higginson IJ. The changing demographics of inpatient hospice death: Population-based cross-sectional study in England, 1993-2012. Palliat Med. 2015 May 19.
    • Sleeman KE, Murtagh FE. Increasing the value of research in palliative care. Palliat Med. 2014 Dec;28(10):1165-6.
    • Sleeman KE, Ho YK, Verne J, Gao W, Higginson IJ. Reversal of English trend towards hospital death in dementia: a population-based study of place of death and associated individual and regional factors, 2001–2010. BMC Neurology, 2014 Mar 26;14:59.
    • Collis E, Sleeman KE. Do patients need to know they are terminally ill? Yes. BMJ. 2013 Apr 24;346.
    • Sleeman KE. End-of-life communication: let's talk about death. J R Coll Physicians Edinb. 2013;43(3):197-9.
    • Sleeman KE, Collis E. The Liverpool care pathway: a cautionary tale. BMJ. 2013 Jul 31;347
    • Sleeman KE, Collis E. Care for a dying patient in hospital. BMJ. 2013 Apr 24;346
    • Sleeman KE, Ho YK, Verne J, Glickman M, Silber E, Gao W, Higginson IJ. Place of death, and its relation with underlying cause of death, in Parkinsons disease, motor neurone disease, and multiple sclerosis: A population-based study. Palliative Medicine. 2013 June 4 (epub).
    • Sleeman KE, Higginson IJ. A Psychometric Validation of Two Brief Measures to Assess Palliative Need in Patients Severely Affected by Multiple Sclerosis. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2012 Nov 27.
    • Murtagh FEM, Bausewein C, Petkova H, Sleeman KE, Dodd R et al. Understanding place of death for patients with non malignant conditions: a systematic literature review. Final report. NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation programme. April 2011.
    • Sleeman KE, Gomes B, Higginson IJ. End of life cancer care - Investment is needed. The Lancet Feb 11;379(9815):519. 2012.
    • Sleeman KE, Kendrick H, Robertson D, Isacke CM, Ashworth A, Smalley MJ. Dissociation of estrogen receptor expression and in vivo stem cell activity in the mammary gland. J Cell Biol 176(1): 19-26. 2007.
    • Sleeman KE, Kendrick H, Ashworth A, Isacke CM, Smalley MJ. CD24 staining of mouse mammary gland cells defines luminal epithelial, myoepithelial/basal and non-epithelial cells. Breast Cancer Res 8(1):R7. 2006.
    • Sleeman KE, Harries M, Gore ME. Bilateral palmar contractures as a paraneoplastic syndrome in primary peritoneal carcinoma. Clin Oncol (R Coll Radiol). 2004 Feb;16(1):77-8.
    • Sleeman K, Rajani R, Chambers J, Vincent A. Autoimmune neurological disease after cardiac surgery. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2004 Jul;75(7):1078-9.
  • Module lead for MSc in palliative care - Service Development and Management
  • Module co-lead for MSc in palliative care - Service Organisation and Policy in Palliative Care
  • MSc Teaching - Symptom epidemiology (Biology and Management of Symptoms in Advanced Disease); Integrated Care Pathways (Service Development and Management); Research waste in palliative care (Service Development and Management).
  • MSc supervision
  • MBBS teaching - Seminars, workshops and ward based teaching on palliative care to 4th and 5th year medical students; OSCE examiner; personal tutor.
Selected Grants

NIHR Clinician Scientist Fellowship (2016-2021)

Academy of Medical Sciences Starter Grant (2014)

Critical Impact
  • Membership of professional bodies – Royal College of Physicians (London), Association of Palliative Medicine.
  • Invited talks – NHS Expo; European Association of Palliative Care; Hospice UK annual conference; Irish Hospice Foundation Forum on End of Life Care; European Student’s Conference.
  • Journal reviewer – BMJ, Cochrane, British J Cancer, BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, Palliative Medicine, JPSM.
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