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Professor Richard  Harding
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Professor Richard Harding

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Vice Dean (International) and Director and Global Lead, Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation

Herbert Dunhill Professor of Palliative Care & Rehabilitation.

Research subject areas

  • Palliative care

Contact details


Professor Harding is Herbert Dunhill Chair on Palliative Care & Rehabilitation. In February 2021 he was appointed to the role of Vice Dean (International) of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care. At the Cicely Saunders Institute Richard directs the WHO Collaborating Centre for Palliative Care. He is Vice Chair of the World Hospice Palliative Care Alliance and founding Director of the Centre for Global Health Palliative Care. He holds a visiting Chair in Palliative Care at the University of Cape Town. Richard did his first degree in Social Anthropology and Sociology, followed by a master's degree.

Research interests:

  • Palliative care
  • Non-cancer (heart failure, HIV)
  • Informal carers
  • Complex interventions
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Person-centred care
  • Patient-reported outcomes
  • Physical, psychological, social and spiritual problems in long-term conditions
  • Models of care that take account of pain

Research profile


  • Research Methods and Statistics in Palliative Care (core module)
  • Applying Psychosocial, Cultural, Ethical & Spiritual Issues to Palliative and End of Life Care (core module);
  • Service Development
  • King’s Intercalated BSc in Global Health