Introduction

The King’s Health Partners Board has agreed to develop plans for bringing together the partnership’s collective strength in a range of specialist services to deliver world-class patient care and research.

Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts and King’s College London - the four organisations that make up the Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) - will work together to form a number of globally competitive clinical academic institutes.

The institutes will allow us to offer our local population world-class clinical services, supported by innovative training and pioneering research. We will be able to offer people new treatments and interventions informed by the latest evidence and achieve improved health outcomes for all the communities we serve.

London’s potential to attract the best talent and new investment gives us the opportunity to be a global leader in healthcare. Our institutes programme will support the delivery of outstanding care and treatment for the people of London and the UK, as well as demonstrating the potential of modern healthcare and research to the wider international community. Our vision will contribute to the strength of London as an international centre for clinical academic excellence.

King’s Health Partners has a long history of academic excellence and we are proud of our advances in translational medicine and public policy. Our university is now ranked eighth in the world for clinical, pre-clinical and health research and education and our partner trusts deliver a wide range of cutting-edge specialist services. The institutes programme builds on our existing strength in psychiatry, neurosciences, palliative care, cancer and dentistry.

We are confident that we can build on this success to take our AHSC even further in its mission to be a world-leading clinical academic partnership. Our teams will now work with local partners to develop proposals for the transformation of our clinical, education and research offer in a number of areas in order to deliver better outcomes for patients and world-class research.

We have begun the work to develop business cases for new cardiovascular and haematology institutes. We also intend to progress exciting joint initiatives in diabetes and obesity, transplantation, liver research and child health, including improvements at our Denmark Hill campus and development of our specialist hub at Evelina London, aligned with an innovative ‘human-development’ research programme for better linking child health studies with maternal health and fetal medicine to improve child health outcomes.

We have chosen these key clinical and research areas because they are the fields in which we have the potential to make the maximum impact both locally and globally. We will also develop a new institute for urban population health to tackle some of the major public health challenges facing our communities. We will work with partners to develop and test new interventions to reduce the health inequalities in our local population.

Central to our mission is the integration of physical and mental health care to ensure improved experience, recovery and outcomes for all our patients and service users.   We have made good progress in recent years through our mind and body programme, and the institutes will further develop new ways of working to transform local care pathways and patient experience.

Taken together, these proposals will ensure that each of our three major sites maintains a thriving clinical academic programme of activity, attracting the very best staff to work in excellent facilities and deliver tangible improvements in patient care.

This programme is launched at a time of unprecedented financial challenge across the health and education sectors. It is designed to make the most of existing resources, and to develop new sources of research income and innovative new models of healthcare that radically improve patient outcomes and value for money. This will be crucial if current clinical, educational and research performance standards are to be maintained and improved.

Clinicians, academics and leaders across King’s Health Partners will work in partnership with patient groups, commissioners, primary care, staff, local authorities, charity partners, regulators and other stakeholders to develop and refine the proposals throughout the process. All proposals will be developed in alignment with the ongoing work to improve health and care services in south east London.

The partners believe that these developments are truly transformative. They will result in better outcomes for patients, a more sustainable model of care and a world-class academic offering.

The King’s Health Partners Board is made up of the Chairs and Chief Executives of Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts, the King’s College London Principal and Head of Administration, the Executive Director of King’s Health Partners and three non-executive directors.