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Katherine Sleeman



Katherine Sleeman is a doctor and academic, whose work focuses on care of the dying. She is the holder of the first NIHR-funded Clinical Lectureship in palliative medicine in England.

Katherine is a clinical doctor and academic in palliative medicine. She has degrees in developmental biology and medicine (University College London), and a PhD in cancer biology (Institute of Cancer Research, London). She currently works at King’s College London’s Cicely Saunders Institute where she uses national datasets to investigate patterns of care at the end of life, particularly in the elderly and frail. Through her clinical and academic work, Katherine aims to improve the quality of life for people who are dying.




Katherine writes, speaks, and Tweets about death and dying for academic and general audiences. Her talk will explore the meaning of a good death, and the individual and societal barriers to achieving this.




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Palliative Medicine Registrar and Academic at the Cicely Saunders Institute