Topic: Sustainable models of palliative care in cancer: is integration the answer?Â
Irene Higginson qualified in medicine from Nottingham University and has worked in wide ranging medical and university positions, including radiotherapy and oncology, in-patient and home hospice care, the Department of Health (England), and various universities. She is dual trained in palliative medicine and public health medicine. Â She has developed and validated two outcome measures both freely available and used widely in palliative care: the Support Team Assessment Schedule and the Palliative care Outcome Scale (see www.pos-pal.org). She is Director of the Cicely Saunders Institute, at Kingâ€™s College London, the worldâ€™s first purpose built Institute of palliative care, integrating research, education, clinical services and support and information. Prof Higginson is an NIHR Senior Investigator and was in 2013 awarded Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences, for her contribution to the field. She has several active research programmes, leads the MSc/Diploma and Certificate in Palliative Care, and plays an active role in the clinical service, including on-call.Â Her research interests and publications are in the following areas: quality of life and outcome measurements, evaluation of palliative care especially of new services and interventions, epidemiology, clinical audit, effectiveness, psychosocial care, symptom assessment, breathlessness, cachexia/anorexia, and elderly care.Â Professor Higginson was awarded an OBE for services to medicine in the Queen's Birthday Honours list of 2008.