Professor Irene Higginson OBE
Executive Dean, Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care
- Founding Professor, Cicely Saunders Institute for Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation
- Professor of Palliative Care & Policy
- Palliative care
Professor Irene Higginson, OBE, is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care and leads the Faculty's academic and strategic direction. She is Professor of Palliative Care & Policy, Founding Professor of the Cicely Saunders Institute, Honorary Consultant in Palliative Medicine, NIHR Emeritus Senior Investigator and Fellow of the Academy of Sciences.
She is dual-trained and registered in palliative medicine and public health medicine. Professor Higginson is active in research and education and in the top 1% of highly cited academics. She teaches MSc, medical and PhD students. Through her current research programmes, she investigates treatments, symptom management, access and services in palliative care. She has published over 700 articles in peer-reviewed journals, plus several books.
Professor Higginson is Scientific Director for the charity Cicely Saunders International. Her research has pioneered better ways to measure outcomes and quality of life, evaluate palliative care especially new services and interventions, epidemiology, effectiveness, psychosocial care, symptom assessment, breathlessness, cachexia/anorexia, and multi-morbidity.
Quality of life and outcome measurements; evaluation of palliative care especially of new services and interventions; epidemiology; effectiveness; psychosocial care; symptom assessment; breathlessness; cachexia/anorexia; multi-morbidity; COVID-19