Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation

The Cicely Saunders Institute is the first purpose built institute for research into palliative care. We offer palliative care courses and other resources relevant to palliative care. The Institute brings together academics, healthcare professionals, community organisations, patients and carers in one centre and acts as the hub for a network of international research. It offers high quality palliative care solutions to patients, as well as providing education, patient information and support.

Our mission: Dame Cicely Saunders, founder trustee of Cicely Saunders International, worked actively for the creation of a centre of excellence housing research, education including palliative care courses, information provision and clinical care.

The mission of the Institute established in her name is to pioneer the very best in palliative care and rehabilitation by integrating:

  • Cutting-edge research – committed to building new knowledge and discovering new treatments through world-leading ethical and robust clinical, applied and health services research.
  • Skilled multi-professional care – delivering top-quality evidence-based clinical care and support to patients and carers, for life and living, and death and dying.
  • Innovation in engagement and education – to embed change in policy and practice nationally and internationally, engage with patients and public, and inspire tomorrow’s leaders in the field from around the world.

This seeks to enable ethical and robust research to quickly feed into care and practice, improving palliative care and enabling people to live better, with dignity and the least possible suffering.

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