Teaching Faculty 2013 – 2022

Teaching Faculty – Personal Development
Professor Dr Daniela Mosoiu
Professor Dr Daniela Mosoiu trained as oncologist with subspecialty in palliative care. As Director for Education, National Strategy and Development at Hospice Casa Sperantei, Brasov and leader of the Romanian palliative care movement she supervises the educational programs, national development and advocacy work. She coordinates the master program at Transylvania University and is faculty in the LDI program in San Diego.
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Professor Dr Raymond Voltz
Professor Dr Raymond Voltz is a neurologist, took over the newly founded Chair for Palliative Medicine at the University Hospital at Cologne in 2004. He is one of the founding members of the German Society of Palliative Medicine and has been its vice president. He is member of different medical boards and reviewer in different national and international professional associations and journals.
Malina Dumitrescu
Malina Dumitrescu is the Director for Program Development and Public Relations and one of the founders of Hospice Casa Sperantei. She holds a Master Degree in palliative care. She is involved in writing and coordinating projects for Hospice Casa Sperantei, maintaining relationships with health and palliative care providers. She offers support for knowledge transfer to new palliative care services regarding organizational, administrative and legal aspects and is trainer since 2000.
Dr Gerrit Frerich
Dr Gerrit Frerich is a sociologist who conducted research in the field of social epidemiology at the School for Public Health at the University of Bielefeld, Germany and graduated trainings in coaching and project management. He has been a research assistant at the Centre for Palliative Medicine at the University Hospital Cologne since 2011. He is involved in research on patients’ desire for hastened death and is developing a training programme for health professionals in palliative care. He is the EUPCA course coordinator.
Teaching Faculty – Project Management
Dr Christine Kuch
Dr Christine Kuch, Dipl.-Psych., medcoaching – since 1994 solution focused consultant for organisational change and research projects in health care organisations in Germany and other European countries. Trainer for solution focused project management, leadership, cooperation and communication, for the German Medical Association and State Chambers, Charité, University Clinic of Cologne a.o
Professor Dr Raymond Voltz
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Teaching Faculty – Teamwork
Dr Malgorzata Krajnik
Dr Malgorzata Krajnik is a consultant physician in palliative medicine at the University Hospital in Bydgoszcz, Poland and the head of Chair of Palliative Care at Collegium Medicum of Nicolaus Copernicus University. She is the editor-in-chief of Advances in Palliative Medicine and Medycyna Paliatywna w Praktyce. She is the author of academic textbooks and articles in peer-reviewed journals.
Professor Ewa Jassem
Professor Ewa Jassem is a specialist in internal medicine, pulmonology and allergology. She heads the department of allergology and pulmonology at the Medical University of Gdańsk, Poland. She is an author of over 150 scientific publications and four text-books on pulmonology. She is also the initiator and co-ordinator of the innovative integrated care program for patients with advanced COPD.
Rev. Prof. Piotr Krakowiak
Rev. Prof. Piotr Krakowiak works at the NC University in Torun. Involved in hospice-palliative care since 1990 as volunteer, chaplain and volunteers coordinator. After studies in Italy and the US he worked as a psychologist and manager of a Hospice in Gdansk. With Hospice Foundation he supervised nationwide program “I like helping” for volunteers. His research concerns non-medical aspects of end-of-life care.
Dr Anna Janowicz
Dr Anna Janowicz is one of the graduates from the first EUPCA course whose expertise in palliative care will now be used to teach participants from the second cohort. She has completed a PhD in Social Pedagogy and Intercultural Education at Ignatianum Academy in Kraków. Previous to that she completed a Masters in Philology and Education. She has been lecturing at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun on the subject of ‘non-governmental organisations and volunteering in social work’ since 2011.She is lecturer of the WSB University in Gdansk and head of the Hospice Foundation and Father Dutkiewicz Hospice, Gdansk, Poland.
Agnieszka Paczkowska
Agnieszka Paczkowska is a psychologist with postgraduate studies in clinical psychology and psycho-oncology where she specialised in clinical psychology. She has been working in Fr. Dutkiewicz Hospice in Gdansk for 10 years, cooperating as educator with the Hospice Foundation. She conducts training courses in communication and support of bereaved. She is the author of several books about hospice-palliative care.
Katarzyna Lachut
Katarzyna Lachut is a physician in an outpatient clinic for psychogeriatric care in Pallmed, Sue Ryder Home in Bydgoszcz. She is Head of the Psychogeriatric Daily Ward with a main interest in psychoeducation and cognitive rehabilitation for patients with Alzheimer’s disease. She is a specialist in psychiatry. Her main areas of interests are dementia, community care and affective disorders in elderly.
Dr Katarzyna Skrzypińska
Katarzyna Skrzypińska is an assistant professor at the University of Gdańsk in Poland lecturing undergraduate students on topics such as psychology of communication, psychology of meaning of life and psychology of religion and spirituality. She is the founder of the Polish Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality PSPRS. In 2013 she received two Polish national medals for her long standing service and work in education.
Alicja Stolarczyk
Alicja Stolarczyk has a Master in civil engineering. Between the years 2004 and 2010 she was a volunteer at the Hospice Foundation in Poland. Since 2010 she has held the position of President of the Hospice Foundation. She is the editor of several publications produced by the Hospice Foundation and coordinates and manages numerous charity projects.
Janusz Wojtacki
Janusz Wojtacki MD, PhD, radiation oncologist has been connected with Gdansk’s hospice movement for almost 26 years, is an author and co-author of more than 128 publications edited locally and abroad, is mostly interested in the supportive care iof oncological patients, and was voted by patients the best Doctor of Pomerania 2013.
Teaching Faculty – Research Methods as Applied to Palliative Care
Dr Jonathan Koffman
Dr Jonathan Koffman, Reader in Palliative Care/MSc Course Director, Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation, King’s College London. Jonathan has a BSc in Social Administration and an MSc in Sociology with Special Reference to Medicine. His PhD from King’s College London explored the experience of living with, and dying from, advanced cancer among black Caribbean and white patients living in south east London. Prior to coming to King’s Jonathan worked for the National Health Service (NHS) as a public health specialist, involved in implementing the reforms of the early 1990s. He is now a Reader in Palliative Care and the Course Director for the inter-professional Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MSc in Palliative Care. His research interests include clinical trials and specifically designing and evaluating complex interventions, mixed methods research, social exclusion, and communications training. Jonathan received the King’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2007.
Dr Catherine Evans
Dr Catherine Evans is an HEE/NIHR Senior Clinical Lecturer in Palliative Care and Nursing. This is a joint clinical academic post between Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust and the Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College London. Catherine holds a senior NHS position as Research, Development and Innovation Director, and Honorary Nurse Consultant in Palliative Care for Older People. She is a qualified district nurse and health visitor.
Catherine’s joint post enables her to influence the impact of research evidence to improve the clinical effectiveness of services, support innovations in clinical practice and build research capacity in the priority areas of palliative care for older people and community health services (SPACEtoolkit). Her research work focuses on the management of uncertain recovery for older people in community hospitals and mixed method trial designs. Her work builds on her HEE/NIHR Clinical Lectureship that focused on optimising palliative care for older people with frailty and multi-morbidities in community settings (OPTCare Elderly), and developing research methods to evaluate complex interventions in palliative care (MORECare).
Anna Bone
Cicely Saunders International PhD Training Fellow, Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation, King’s College London. Anna graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA in Human Sciences in 2011. In 2013, Anna went on to complete a Masters of Public Health with distinction from Imperial College London. Anna joined the department in 2013, working as a Research Assistant on the OPTCare Elderly project led by Dr Catherine Evans and Professor Irene Higginson. This project involved developing a short-term intervention of palliative and supportive care for frail older people with non-malignant conditions living in the community, and testing its feasibility in an NHS Community Trust.
Anna began as a PhD Training Fellow in 2016, working on the IARE (International Access Rights and Empowerment) II study. This study investigates the needs, preferences and healthcare use of older people without access to palliative care. Anna’s PhD topic is older people’s emergency department attendance towards the end of life, using routine data and prospectively collected longitudinal data from the IARE II study.
Laura Cottrell
Research Assistant, Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation, King’s College London. Laura comes from a nursing background and is a PhD candidate in Nursing at the University of Alberta in Canada. Prior to coming to King’s, she worked as a faculty member in an undergraduate nursing programme. Laura has also worked as a research assistant at the University of Alberta and as a trainee with the Canadian Frailty Network on several studies in community and rural palliative care, as well as on a project developing innovative support tools for family caregivers of persons with dementia. In her PhD she is using qualitative methods to explore hospice patients’ experiences of joy at the end of life.
Joanna Davies
Research Assistant, Dunhill Medical Trust PhD Research Training Fellow, Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation, King’s College London. Joanna is a sociologist, she has an MSc in Social Research Methods from the University of Bristol, and a BA (Hons) in Criminology and Sociology from the University of Liverpool. She joined the Cicely Saunders Institute in August 2012 and has previously worked with Professor Murtagh on projects using patient centred outcome measures, and with the death registry data for England with Dr Gao Wei and Professor Irene Higginson. Joanna’s areas of interest are in using routine data to improve palliative care for patients and families, measurement of social deprivation, patient centred outcome measures, and analysis of longitudinal cohort data. Before working at the CSI, Joanna worked at Oxford University with the team who built the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD), a small area geographical measure of deprivation used widely in health research. Joanna is currently funded by the Dunhill Medical Trust to complete her PhD entitled, understanding the social determinants of outcomes important to older people at the end of life: reducing social inequality in care.
Marsha Dawkins
NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellow, Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation, King’s College London. Marsha is an NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellow. Her area of research focuses on collaborative methods of knowledge creation and dissemination across organisational boundaries in the implementation and use of patient centred outcome measures. Marsha’s work enables the sharing of evidence across the clinical academic interface and within and across organisations.
Marsha has worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in palliative care across hospital and community settings and joined the Cicely Saunders Institute in June 2014 as a Quality Improvement Facilitator for the Outcome Assessment and Complexity Collaborative (OACC) project. The OACC project was led by Professor Irene Higginson, Professor Fliss Murtagh and Dr Barbara Daveson. Marsha’s focus included teaching and support for clinical teams, in the implementation of routine use of outcome measures in clinical practice to improve the quality of services provided in the field of palliative care.
Dr Mendwas Dzingina
PhD Training Fellow, Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation, King’s College London. Dr Mendy Dzingina joined the Cicely Saunders Institute as a BuildCARE PhD training fellow in August 2012 and will mainly be working in the area of health economics. Mendy qualified in medicine from the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, followed by a master’s degree in public health (health economics stream) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2010.
Before joining the department, Mendy worked as a Technical Analyst in health-economics in the Internal Clinical Guidelines team of the Centre for Clinical Practice at the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). While at NICE, Mendy was involved in the development of National Clinical Guidelines for several diseases including sickle cell anemia and chronic renal failure.
Dr Simon Noah Etkind
Cicely Saunders International Clinical PhD Training Fellow, Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation, King’s College London. Simon graduated from Cambridge University School of Clinical Medicine (MBBChir) in 2009. He is now undertaking specialist training in Palliative Medicine, currently at ST4 level. He has worked in the department since 2013, initially as an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow, undertaking a systematic review on feedback of outcome measures in palliative care, and projects relating to uncertainty.
His Clinical PhD fellowship, focuses on developing and undertaking research to investigate the care preferences of frail older people. This involves prospective, longitudinal mixed methods data collection from older people who have recently been in hospital to explore the influences on their care preferences. The fellowship is integrated into the International Access, Rights and Empowerment II (IAREII) Study, led by Professor Higginson.
Simon is also chair of the Institute Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) strategy group, and works with our active group of PPI representatives ensure our research is focused on the needs and priorities of patients and their families. He is the trainee representative on the science committee of the Association for Palliative Medicine.
Dr Ping Guo
C-Change Project Manager & Research Associate, Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation, King’s College London. Dr Ping Guo is Project Manager and Research Associate for C-CHANGE at the Cicely Saunders Institute. The C-CHANGE project is a five year NIHR funded programme of research developing complexity assessment, measuring outcomes and resource utilisation to determine the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness in different models of palliative care. Ping’s research expertise lies in intervention research, and includes quantitative and qualitative methods. She has experience of leading and managing different projects including a case-mix classification development study in palliative care, a scoping review of self-management of acute coronary syndrome, and a randomised controlled trial of evaluating a cardiac preoperative education intervention. Ping is a reviewer for several international journals such as Palliative Medicine, Patient Education and Counselling, and International Journal of Nursing Studies. She is also a member of RCN International Scientific Advisory Panel and a member of Palliative Care Research Society (PCRS) UK.
Prof Richard Harding
Professor in Palliative Care, Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation, King’s College London. Richard originally read social anthropology and conducted field work in the Netherlands, followed by a Masters in Social Policy & Social Work Studies at the London School of Economics. His PhD in the Department of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation at King’s College London addressed informal carers in palliative care. The thesis and subsequent papers appraised current evidence, undertook qualitative developmental work, and then designed and evaluated a short-term group intervention that aimed to provide peer support and multi-professional information across two home palliative care services.
His clinical experience includes HIV and palliative care management, acute adult health hospital social work and community care management. He has designed, delivered and evaluated community-based group work focused on behavioural change. His academic interests in palliative
care are informal carers, non-cancer care (HIV, heart failure), palliative care provision in Africa, and the evaluation of complex interventions. His work is mainly focused on palliative care in sub-Saharan Africa.
Dr Adejoke Oluyase
Research Assistant, Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation, King’s College London. Adejoke qualified as a pharmacist in Nigeria in 2007. She has experience of providing high quality, patient-centred care to patients. Adejoke successfully completed her MSc in Clinical Pharmacy, International Practice and Policy at the School of Pharmacy, University College London. Adejoke’s PhD project was a mixed methods study that assessed the appropriateness of prescriptions for mental health disorders or pain among people with substance misuse problems. During her PhD programme, she was involved in a NIHR funded systematic review project that evaluated the accessibility and acceptability of self-management support interventions for men with long-term conditions. She joined the Cicely Saunders Institute in June 2017 to work on a Cochrane Review investigating the effectiveness of inpatient specialist palliative care in acute hospitals for adults with advanced illness and their caregivers.
Teaching Faculty – Advocacy
Professor Dr Daniela Mosoiu
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Professor Dr Liliana Rogozea
Professor Dr Liliana Rogozea, is Vice-rector at the Transylvania University, Brasov. Her teaching and research fields are counselling in ethics, health promotion and human behaviour. She has expertise in curriculum development, design of research methods in international project activities. She is a Public Health specialist and has competence in the management of health services, being also involved in educational projects.
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Nicoleta Mitrea
Nicoleta Mitrea, Director of Education and National Development – Nursing. Licensed in nursing and Master degree in palliative care, at present PhD student at Medicine Faculty, Transylvania University. She is involved as a coordinator and teacher in the palliative care nursing educational programs for specialized services at national and regional level, but also for other clinical and non-clinical staff.
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Malina Dumitrescu
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Laura Iosub
Laura Iosub, Public Relation Coordinator for Education and Development at HOSPICE Casa Sperantei (HCS) Postgraduate in Fundraising and Project Management Degree, she has been working for HCS since 1998. As Fundraising Director, she ran and coordinated local and national campaigns and events and proposed new and innovative ways for fundraising. She also teaches courses regarding organizational development.
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Camelia Ancuta
Camelia Ancuta began her career as a nurse in Romania following which she did a Masters in ‘Management and Strategies in Palliative Care”. She was a nurse at Hospice Casa Sperantei in Brasov from 2006-2013. As of 2013 she has been a nurse researcher in the National Education and Development Department of the Hospice. Since 2005 she has undertaken various teaching tasks the most recent of which being training nurses in an international transformational leadership programme.
Robert Veress
Robert Veress is a Romanian journalist. He is currently the senior editor of Puterea (The Power Daily) and editor in chief of Select News. Robert won The Great Prize of the First National Contest for Investigative Journalism in 2004 and The Great Prize of the Romanian Press Club in 2005. He has published hundreds of investigative feature stories some of which were followed by official investigations leading to changes in the law and in the way that laws were applied.