Senior Investigator Profile

First NameIrene
Award StatusEmeritus
Current PostProfessor of Palliative Care and Policy, Director Cicely Saunders Institute
DepartmentPalliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation
Telephone020 7848 5516
InstitutionKing's College London, Cicely Saunders Institute
NHS TrustKing's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Region NameLondon
Primary Research FieldRehabilitation
Secondary Research FieldPublic Health - Health Care Sciences & Services
BiographyProfessor Higginson has a dual training in palliative medicine and epidemiology/public health. She has extensive experience in leading national and international multidisciplinary collaboration in palliative care. For the past 10 years she has been Head of Department and Professor of Palliative Care and Policy at King’s College London. The department has been designated a WHO Collaborating Centre for Palliative Care. In 2010, the group will move into the Cicely Saunders Institute, the world's first purpose-built institute on palliative care.  Professor Higginson was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list of 2008. She has over 250 scientific papers published in peer review journals, has published 14 books on palliative and end of life care. She is an advisor to many governments in research and policy in palliative care.  Professor Higginson has developed two tools - the Support Team Assessment Schedule (STAS) and the Palliative Care Outcome Scale (POS) used widely in the UK and many other countries. She is leading the assessment strand of the NCRI Supportive and Palliative Care Collaborative COMPASS, and is working on two European Palliative/End of Life Collaboratives.

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