Impact report 2020-21

The Impact Report 2020-21 brings together a themed selection of our achievements in year one of our five-year plan: 'Delivering better health for all through high impact innovation'.

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We also take a more in-depth look at three specific initiatives across the partnership:

Case study 1: Covid Symptom Study

Case Study 2: Mental Health and COVID-19

Case Study 3: COVID-19 Virology

Ten years of King's Health Partners

2019 was King’s Health Partners tenth anniversary year.  

Since first being accredited as an Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC), King’s Health Partners has led the way in breaking down barriers to combine basic and translational health research, clinical care and education to create world-leading improvements in healthcare. 

Tripartite mission

As an engine room for innovation, between 2009 and 2019: 

  • 22 Clinical Academic Groups and five institutes were established in core areas to bring together experts and offer patients the very best care and treatment, based upon reliable research evidence 
  • One of the largest centres for healthcare education in Europe was created – including 80 free courses for our staff on the King’s Health Partners Learning Hub 
  • We were at the forefront of bringing together patient-centred metrics and cost effectiveness in care
  • We involved more and more patients in clinical trials, with 600 trials running at any given moment
  • Our research outputs grew by more than 50% over ten years, and 13.5% of all UK hospital research comes from our three NHS partner trusts
  • We developed unparalleled facilities for experimental medicine
  • Between 2009 and 2019, we screened 65,000 patients for signs of anxiety or depression as part of our Mind & Body Programme alongside their physical health needs
  • We became home to five Medical Research Council (MRC) Centres, two National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centres, and a Centre of Research Excellence for the British Heart Foundation. (include Cancer Research UK Cancer Centre and AI Centre.

We serve a wider population of eight million people and see around 4.8 million patient contacts per year. 

Our experiences and commitment to excellence for our communities is seen in our 2014-19 strategy ‘Improving health and wellbeing – locally and globally’ and our most recent five-year plan for 2020-25 'Delivering better health for all through high impact innovation'

I congratulate Kings Health Partners on their 10th anniversary as a Department of Health and Social Care Academic Health Science Centre. Significant progress to align the NHS and academic partners has seen a transformation of health and care delivery in South East London. Over the years, the establishment of the clinical academic groups has underpinned substantial research funding investments, enabling the engine of world-class excellence in health research to be coupled with academic expertise in medical education and training. Through this strategic alignment of the partners, real progress has been made and the AHSC is working across all its programmes to get the best outcomes for the local population. 

Professor Chris Whitty - Chief Medical Officer for England. 

I am a strong advocate of Academic Health Science Centres – bringing together the NHS, National Institute for Health Research, Biomedical Research Centres and universities helps us get the best research for patients.
The best research in the world is of limited value unless you can put it into practice. This type of partnership brings together the brightest minds to offer patients the very best care and treatment, based on quality evidence. The world looks on in envy at the collaboration achieved at King’s Health Partners – congratulations on your 10-year anniversary and I look forward to seeing even more success going forward.

Professor Dame Sally Davies, UK Special Envoy on Antimicrobial Resistance.

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