Prof Katherine E Sleeman

K Sleeman

"End of life care: bridging the evidence-policy gap"

Katherine Sleeman is the Laing Galazka Chair in Palliative Care, based at the Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College London. She is an Honorary Consultant at King’s College Hospital NHS Trust. 

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

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

She graduated from University College London Medical School (1999) with a BSc in Developmental biology (top 1st - 1996) and distinctions in clinical pharmacology and pathology. She trained in general medicine and oncology at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals and the Royal Marsden Hospital. She completed her PhD in 2007 (Title - Stem Cell Activity and Estrogen Receptor Expression in the Mouse Mammary Gland; the Institute of Cancer Research, London).