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Professor Katherine Sleeman BSc, MBBS, MRCP, PhD

Laing Galazka Chair in Palliative Care, Honorary Consultant in Palliative Medicine

  • Impact Lead, Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation

Research interests

  • Palliative care

Biography

I am the Laing Galazka Chair in Palliative Care, based at the Cicely Saunders Institute at King’s College London. I am joint Academic Impact Lead for the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care, and Chair of the Palliative Care Clinical Academic Group Reach and Impact Group. I lead the Integrated Academic Trainee (IAT) programme for palliative medicine. I am an Honorary Consultant at King’s College Hospital NHS Trust.

My NIHR Clinician Scientist Fellowship (2016-2021) aims to understand and improve patterns of care before death for people with dementia, using linked clinical and administrative data resources. I have led projects using the Clinical Record Interactive Search (CRIS), Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD), and Whole Systems Integrated Care (WSIC) databases. My research focuses on the intersection between palliative care and policy. Prior to my NIHR Clinician Scientist Fellowship, I was a Cicely Saunders International Scholar (2015-2016) and an NIHR Clinical Lecturer (2010-2015), both based at King’s.

In 2019 I received the inaugural Women in Palliative Care award from the European Association of Palliative Care for my work exploring gender bias in academia. In 2020 I received a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust travel fellowship to explore public and policy engagement in palliative care.

I graduated from University College London Medical School (1999) with a BSc in Developmental Biology (top 1st - 1996) and distinctions in Clinical Pharmacology and Pathology. I trained in General Medicine and Oncology at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals and the Royal Marsden Hospital. I completed my PhD in 2007 (Title - Stem Cell Activity and Estrogen Receptor Expression in the Mouse Mammary Gland; the Institute of Cancer Research, London).

Research interests:

  • 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
  • Inequalities in palliative and end-of-life care
  • The use of evidence in policy

Research profile

    Research

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    Centre for Global Health Palliative Care

    Centre for Global Health Palliative Care

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    Better End of Life Project

    Understanding experiences of dying, death, and bereavement in the UK, and compelling local and national policy-makers to act to improve people’s experiences.

    Project status: Ongoing

    elderly people social csi project 780x450
    Understanding the Social Determinants of Outcomes Important to Older People Towards the End of Life

    Secondary analysis of observational data on exposures, mediators, patterns of care and symptom profiles.

    Project status: Ongoing

    dementia older lady reminder red string on finger csi project 780x450
    Understanding Factors that Influence End-of-Life Decisions in Older Adults with Dementia

    Investigating the systems-level factors that contribute to burdensome end-of-life care in older adults with dementia.

    Project status: Ongoing

    hospital emergency room uk elderly man wheelchair csi project 780x450
    Understanding Factors that Influence Why People with Dementia Make Transitions from the Community to Acute Hospital Care Settings in the Last Months of Life

    Utilising routine data to understand why people with dementia move between healthcare settings in the months preceding their death.

    Project status: Ongoing

    hospital emergency room uk elderly man wheelchair csi project 780x450
    Understanding Why People With Dementia Attend the Emergency Department Towards the End of Life

    A mixed-methods study examining the determinants of emergency department attendance by people with dementia towards the end of life.

    Project status: Completed

    nurse talking to cancer patient csi project 780x450
    Understanding the Impact of Community Health & Social Care Services on Hospitalisation in the Last Months of Life

    Examining primary and community health care and hospital admissions among people with cancer in their last 90 days of life.

    Project status: Ongoing

    elderly lady mask wheelchair csi project 780x450
    CovPall Care Homes: Rapid Evaluation of the Care Home Response to the Need for Palliative & End of Life Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    This CovPall Care Homes Project looks at integration, communication and workforce resilience in Care Homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Project status: Completed

    covid-19 patient in bed male ventilator csi project 780x450
    CovPall: Rapid Evaluation of the COVID-19 Pandemic Response in Palliative & End of Life Care

    The CovPall Project aims to understand more about how palliative care services and hospices are responding to COVID-19.

    Project status: Completed

    lady wearing mask covid19 csi project 780x450
    Evaluation of the COVID-19 Pandemic Response in Palliative & End of Life Care: Connecting to Boost Impact & Data Assets

    The CovPall-Connect project provides an opportunity for national data linkage on the palliative care response to COVID-19.

    Project status: Ongoing

    News

    £25m NIHR funding to tackle health and social care issues

    The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) today awarded King’s £25m to tackle important long-standing and emerging health and social care...

    NIHR policy unit

    People in richer areas saw biggest increase in deaths at home during the pandemic

    The gap between where the rich and poor die widened during the pandemic, new research has found.

    Person in hospital bed holding hands of loved one

    Four ways to improve end-of-life care for people with dementia

    Efforts to improve the quality of end-of-life care for people with dementia are urgently needed.

    woman caring for older man

    How specialist palliative care services have coped in response to COVID-19

    Services have been highly adaptive and embraced low-cost innovations during the pandemic.

    Stethoscope laid on laptop keyboard next to a paper form on a clipboard and a pen

    Funding boost for research into palliative care during COVID-19

    Additional funding has been awarded for a study into the palliative care pandemic response.

    Public health poster about coronavirus

    Inclusive health and social care: Improving communication between clinicians and LGBT+ people

    Research from King’s College London featured as an alert on NIHR Evidence, a platform which aims to bridge the gap between research findings and practice.

    pride progress flag

    Essential role of care home staff often overlooked during the pandemic

    During the pandemic, care home staff played an essential role in the delivery of high-quality palliative and end-of-life care.

    Still of animation film

    9 in 10 Brits underestimate impact of dementia

    More than half of Britons do not know that dementia is a terminal illness and the majority of people underestimate the current and future impact of dementia...

    Dementia

    End-of-life care inconsistent across the UK

    New research has found that terminally ill people are struggling to access essential care at home during evenings and weekends.

    780 Palliative Care

    New study highlights need for investment in better dementia end-of-life care

    Research from King’s College London found that people living with dementia experience high levels of unplanned hospital admissions towards the end of life....

    elderly lady hospital bed gown patient csi 1903x558

    Events

    28JunProfessor Katherine Sleeman & Professor Catherine Evans

    NMPC Inaugural Lecture: Professor Katherine Sleeman & Professor Catherine Evans

    NMPC Inaugural Lecture: Professor Katherine Sleeman & Professor Catherine Evans

    Please note: this event has passed.

    Features

    5 minutes with Katherine Sleeman

    Meet Professor Katherine Sleeman, the Laing Galazka Chair in Palliative Care at the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

    cicely-saunders-institute-exterior-campus building blue sky csi 1903x558

    Spotlight

    Getting palliative care to those who need it

    The research helping introduce high quality, cost-effective palliative care into the health systems where people need it.

    cape-town-market-1920x1080

      Research

      GLOBE SEA BLUE global worldwide csi 1903x558
      Centre for Global Health Palliative Care

      Centre for Global Health Palliative Care

      elderly man in wheelchair looking out window csi project 780x450 (9)
      Better End of Life Project

      Understanding experiences of dying, death, and bereavement in the UK, and compelling local and national policy-makers to act to improve people’s experiences.

      Project status: Ongoing

      elderly people social csi project 780x450
      Understanding the Social Determinants of Outcomes Important to Older People Towards the End of Life

      Secondary analysis of observational data on exposures, mediators, patterns of care and symptom profiles.

      Project status: Ongoing

      dementia older lady reminder red string on finger csi project 780x450
      Understanding Factors that Influence End-of-Life Decisions in Older Adults with Dementia

      Investigating the systems-level factors that contribute to burdensome end-of-life care in older adults with dementia.

      Project status: Ongoing

      hospital emergency room uk elderly man wheelchair csi project 780x450
      Understanding Factors that Influence Why People with Dementia Make Transitions from the Community to Acute Hospital Care Settings in the Last Months of Life

      Utilising routine data to understand why people with dementia move between healthcare settings in the months preceding their death.

      Project status: Ongoing

      hospital emergency room uk elderly man wheelchair csi project 780x450
      Understanding Why People With Dementia Attend the Emergency Department Towards the End of Life

      A mixed-methods study examining the determinants of emergency department attendance by people with dementia towards the end of life.

      Project status: Completed

      nurse talking to cancer patient csi project 780x450
      Understanding the Impact of Community Health & Social Care Services on Hospitalisation in the Last Months of Life

      Examining primary and community health care and hospital admissions among people with cancer in their last 90 days of life.

      Project status: Ongoing

      elderly lady mask wheelchair csi project 780x450
      CovPall Care Homes: Rapid Evaluation of the Care Home Response to the Need for Palliative & End of Life Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

      This CovPall Care Homes Project looks at integration, communication and workforce resilience in Care Homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Project status: Completed

      covid-19 patient in bed male ventilator csi project 780x450
      CovPall: Rapid Evaluation of the COVID-19 Pandemic Response in Palliative & End of Life Care

      The CovPall Project aims to understand more about how palliative care services and hospices are responding to COVID-19.

      Project status: Completed

      lady wearing mask covid19 csi project 780x450
      Evaluation of the COVID-19 Pandemic Response in Palliative & End of Life Care: Connecting to Boost Impact & Data Assets

      The CovPall-Connect project provides an opportunity for national data linkage on the palliative care response to COVID-19.

      Project status: Ongoing

      News

      £25m NIHR funding to tackle health and social care issues

      The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) today awarded King’s £25m to tackle important long-standing and emerging health and social care...

      NIHR policy unit

      People in richer areas saw biggest increase in deaths at home during the pandemic

      The gap between where the rich and poor die widened during the pandemic, new research has found.

      Person in hospital bed holding hands of loved one

      Four ways to improve end-of-life care for people with dementia

      Efforts to improve the quality of end-of-life care for people with dementia are urgently needed.

      woman caring for older man

      How specialist palliative care services have coped in response to COVID-19

      Services have been highly adaptive and embraced low-cost innovations during the pandemic.

      Stethoscope laid on laptop keyboard next to a paper form on a clipboard and a pen

      Funding boost for research into palliative care during COVID-19

      Additional funding has been awarded for a study into the palliative care pandemic response.

      Public health poster about coronavirus

      Inclusive health and social care: Improving communication between clinicians and LGBT+ people

      Research from King’s College London featured as an alert on NIHR Evidence, a platform which aims to bridge the gap between research findings and practice.

      pride progress flag

      Essential role of care home staff often overlooked during the pandemic

      During the pandemic, care home staff played an essential role in the delivery of high-quality palliative and end-of-life care.

      Still of animation film

      9 in 10 Brits underestimate impact of dementia

      More than half of Britons do not know that dementia is a terminal illness and the majority of people underestimate the current and future impact of dementia...

      Dementia

      End-of-life care inconsistent across the UK

      New research has found that terminally ill people are struggling to access essential care at home during evenings and weekends.

      780 Palliative Care

      New study highlights need for investment in better dementia end-of-life care

      Research from King’s College London found that people living with dementia experience high levels of unplanned hospital admissions towards the end of life....

      elderly lady hospital bed gown patient csi 1903x558

      Events

      28JunProfessor Katherine Sleeman & Professor Catherine Evans

      NMPC Inaugural Lecture: Professor Katherine Sleeman & Professor Catherine Evans

      NMPC Inaugural Lecture: Professor Katherine Sleeman & Professor Catherine Evans

      Please note: this event has passed.

      Features

      5 minutes with Katherine Sleeman

      Meet Professor Katherine Sleeman, the Laing Galazka Chair in Palliative Care at the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

      cicely-saunders-institute-exterior-campus building blue sky csi 1903x558

      Spotlight

      Getting palliative care to those who need it

      The research helping introduce high quality, cost-effective palliative care into the health systems where people need it.

      cape-town-market-1920x1080