Our Vision

The foundations of lifelong health are built in utero, at birth and in childhood. We know that the physical and mental health of the mother adversely affect both the fetus and child, however health and disease of women and children are traditionally treated as separate disciplines both in research and in academic and clinical education and training.

We believe that improving health outcomes in childhood, and on into adulthood, requires a different approach, one that recognises and address the link between women’s and children’s health.

Our vision is to bring together and build on the extensive strengths of King’s Health Partners to create an Institute of Women and Children’s Health that will address the most important healthcare needs and improve outcomes for women and children in our local area, nationally and internationally.

Our vision for the Institute of is that it will have:

  • A distinctive clinical-academic focus that integrates:
    • Maternal, fetal, perinatal, child and adolescent health to understand the impact of early life on lifelong health and disease;
    • Physical and mental health;
    • Discovery science, clinical research and population research.
  • An innovative education and training offer for clinicians, scientists and allied health professionals that engender greater understanding and effective working between disciplines and professions.
  • A hub that brings researchers and clinicians together with commercial partners to speed-up the development, testing and clinical use of new products and technologies.
  • A specialist centre for obstetric and paediatric clinical studies and trials.
  • A partnership between researchers, patients and parents to make better lives for children.

Our Research Strengths

The Institute will build on the strong reputation of King’s Health Partners children’s and women’s medicine and medical research.

Our particular areas of research expertise currently include:

Paediatrics and Child Health - we utilise strengths across the our partnership, including state-of-the-art imaging modalities, clinical expertise and basic science skills, to understand the origins of disease in infants and children, and develop new therapies. Our research includes:

Women's Health - we undertake multi-disciplinary research to understand and address the origins, treatment and prevention of many of the health issues specifically pertinent to women. Our research includes:

Women's Mental Health and Children’s and Adolescent Mental Healthwith King’s College London's Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience we undertake research into maternal, child and adolescent mental health conditions to understand:

  • The impact of mental health problems on women and their families.
  • How child and adolescent mental conditions differ from their adult equivalents.

In bringing together all of these areas of distinctive research expertise the Institute will ensure the links between maternal and child health are identified, addressed and inform developments in clinical practice.

Our Education Strengths

Across King's Health Partners we deliver high-quality education and training for scientists, doctors and allied health professionals. Highlights of our education and training portfolio include:

The Institute will expand its portfolio of short and Continuous Professional Development courses to enable doctors and allied health professionals to enjoy our specialist academic and clinical training in more accessible ways.

Our Clinical Strengths

The Institute of Women and Children’s Health differs from the other King's Health Partners Institutes in having a primary focus on research and education. Our NHS Partners, who will continue to deliver clinical services both within their hospitals and through their communities and networks, will be integral to the creation and operation of the Institute. 

Our partners include:

At both our St Thomas’ and Denmark Hill sites co-location of our major centres of obstetric, fetal, neonatal and paediatric clinical services and research facilities give clusters of expertise that are unique within London.

Mind & Body

A crucial and distinctive aspect of the Institute’s research programme is the integration of physical and mental health. King’s Health Partners has existing research and clinical strengths in maternal and child psychiatry, which provide the Institute with a unique opportunity to investigate the relationship between mental and physical health in women and their children and between generations.

The Institute’s research programme will build on our current work in maternal and child mental health, examples of which include: