King’s Health Partners Diabetes, Endocrinology and Obesity is focused on delivering improved health and wellbeing outcomes for people living with diabetes, obesity and endocrine disorders.
In England, a person is diagnosed with diabetes every two minutes and two thirds of adults are obese or overweight. Living with diabetes, obesity and endocrine (the system of glands producing hormones) disorders can be incredibly challenging for one’s mental and physical health and can lead to other longer-term complications, such as heart disease, cancer and stroke.
King’s Health Partners Diabetes, Endocrinology and Obesity’s (IDEO) vision is to deliver improved health and wellbeing outcomes for people living with diabetes, obesity and endocrine disorders through world-class clinical services, supported by a high quality, multidisciplinary workforce and pioneering research and innovation.
Our Institute brings together clinical, operational and academic teams from across three leading NHS Foundation Trusts, Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley, and one of the world’s top research-led universities, King’s College London. Collectively, we are the largest provider of diabetes and endocrinology services in Europe.
We connect basic scientists, who primarily focus on determining the cellular mechanisms underlying diabetes, obesity and endocrine disorders to identify novel therapeutics targets, with clinical academics and clinicians, to improve the translation of new discoveries into patient care.
We lead system-wide collaborations, working closely with service users, families and carers, local voluntary and community groups, and colleagues within primary and community care. We focus on improving pathways of care by reducing variation and increasing access, and we ensure patients are treated holistically, recognising both their mental and physical health needs.
None of what we do would be possible without our staff and students and we provide excellent education and training to support them in their current and future roles. We also develop training opportunities in collaboration with those working in diabetes, endocrinology and obesity across the UK and globally, and these are available on the King’s Health Partners Learning Hub.
To get in touch with the Institute and learn more about our work, please email IDEO@kcl.ac.uk.