New leader for King’s Health Partners Institute of Women and Children’s Health

Dr Ingrid Wolfe [pictured below, right] invited to lead the Institute for the next six months whilst Prof Karen Edmond [pictured below, left] works with the WHO on novel coronavirus and its impact on child health and inequalities in global communities.

Prof Karen Edmond, King’s College London Chair of Karen and IngridChild Health, has been invited to work with the World Health Organisation (WHO) until October 2020 to support them on novel coronavirus and its impact on child health and inequalities in global communities. This is a significant opportunity for Karen and for King’s Health Partners in having our colleague lead on such vital global initiatives. 

Karen was scheduled to take on the leadership of King’s Health Partners Institute of Women and Children’s Health from early April this year, taking the baton from Prof David Edwards who has steered the Institute since its inception.

The clinical academic and education portfolio of the Institute is vital in supporting women and children’s health locally and cementing King’s Health Partners’ growing role in this area, working closely with clinical, research and education colleagues in Evelina London, Variety Children’s Hospital Denmark Hill, Women’s services at King’s College Hospital, and mental health collaborators at South London and Maudsley and King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). 

To ensure continued pace and focus of the Institute’s work, Dr Ingrid Wolfe [pictured above, right hand side] has been invited to lead the Institute for the next six months whilst Prof Karen Edmond is with the WHO. Ingrid currently leads the Children and Young People’s Health Partnership. 

On the leadership change, Prof Sir Robert Lechler, Executive Director King’s Health Partners, said:

It is fantastic to see our lead for Child Health research being invited to the WHO at this crucial time and I am grateful to David and now Karen for all they have done to get us where we are.
I am delighted that Ingrid has agreed to lead the Institute for the next six months and know she will bring strong collaborative focus and impactful research output as she leads the strategic refresh for the Institute of Women and Children’s Health. 

Dr Ingrid Wolfe, Consultant in Paediatric Population Health at Evelina London and Senior Clinical Lecturer at King’s College London, said:

I am passionate about the purpose and values of our Institute and am very pleased to have the opportunity to lead on reviewing our strategy for improving the health of women and children through research, education and care.

King’s Health Partners Women and Children’s Health Institute's vision is to be a centre for excellence in women's and children's health.