Professor Richard Harding

5th February 2021

Professor Richard Harding has been appointed as the new Vice Dean (International) for the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care, King’s College London.

Professor Harding is Herbert Dunhill Chair and Director of the Centre for Global Health Palliative Care in the Cicely Saunders Institute. Throughout his career, Richard has achieved success around the world working across research, education, policy influence and partnership collaboration with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and universities.

Richard came to King’s on an NHS London funded PhD scholarship in 1998 and has worked with colleagues to generate evidence of need, outcomes and effectiveness in palliative care – a field of research that has been neglected in high income countries and even more so in low- and middle- income countries where arguably need is greatest.

Early on in his career Richard was given a Visiting Fellowship to the Health Resources and Services Administration via Columbia University, where he worked with the White House National AIDS Office to develop the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) programme. He currently directs the WHO Collaborating Centre for Palliative Care, is Vice Chair of the World Hospice Palliative Care Alliance and is founding Director of the Centre for Global Health Palliative Care.

Richard was awarded the African Palliative Care Association prize for leading publications in palliative care and is co-Chair of the African Palliative Care Research Network. He holds a visiting Chair in Palliative Care at the University of Cape Town. In 2017, Richard established the Centre for Global Health Palliative Care within the Cicely Saunders Institute at King’s.

As Vice Dean (International) in the Faculty, Richard will provide leadership and management of international activities and develop the Faculty’s international strategy. He will be working closely with colleagues in the Faculty and across the university to identify and grow international research and education projects and increase King’s visibility and reputation for global nursing, midwifery and palliative care. Richard will also lead on engaging staff and students across the Faculty and university in developing and enhancing high quality and high reward international interactions, and the university’s service to the international community to increase the impact of research, to reach international communities and to enrich students’ experience.

This is a wonderful development for both Richard and our Faculty. Richard has been at King’s since his PhD and his work with overseas collaborators on outcome measures for palliative care in low- and middle-income countries has had an enormous impact on improving access to high quality appropriate palliative care. I am looking forward to working with Richard in his new role and excited to see his vision for our Faculty as part of international community serving the world take shape and make a difference.

– Professor Irene Higginson, Executive Dean, Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care

About Richard Harding