King’s Health Partners Neurosciences has an ambitious vision to use our collective clinical, research, and educational expertise to become:
Our key focus for 2018/19 is to expand the work we do in experimental medicine research, and to improve patient flows, experience, and outcomes.
There are more than 600 types of neurological conditions, and King’s Health Partners currently provides one of the largest comprehensive clinical neurosciences services in the country. At the heart of this is a large regional Neurosciences Centre at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, with a nationally commissioned Neurofibromatosis Service along with Neurology and Neurophysiology at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. We are also home to a nationally renowned Neuropsychiatry Service provided by South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, completing our extensive portfolio.
We plan to transform service delivery both within King’s Health Partners and across the wider south east London and Kent system to improve patient experience and outcomes, with a particular focus on patient flow in the first instance.
Working closely with commissioners and service providers, areas we will focus on include:
We will approach this on a condition by condition basis and through the development of a Clinical Academic Network that spans south east London and Kent.
The past four years has seen a remarkable series of successful initiatives that have provided a unique foundation on which to construct our Institute.
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)/Wellcome Trust King's Clinical Research Facility (CRF), which is substantially focused on neuroscience, was opened in November 2012. The Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute (the Wohl), providing 6,500m2 of state-of-the-art neuroscience laboratory space and translational research facilities, was opened in June 2015. In September 2014, King’s College London radically reorganised neuroscience research and education activity across its campuses into a single Division of Neuroscience, which is the second largest academic neuroscience department in the UK.
Already achieving global benchmarks for excellence, we will better connect academic research with our clinical strengths in neurosciences, and with key related areas including psychiatry, trauma, and cancer.
We have an extensive portfolio of training and education opportunities for clinicians and researchers. This ranges from undergraduate courses through to PhDs as well as postgraduate clinical training.
We also plan to:
Access free neurosciences elearning for King’s Health Partners staff.
As neurological conditions relate to the brain and nervous system there is an increased complexity in the interaction between physical needs and broader emotional, cognitive, and mental health needs of our patients. Providing accurate diagnosis and effective treatment for emotional, cognitive, behavioural, or mental health needs in this context can be challenging. Findings from both the national GP Survey (2016) and the Neurological Alliance’s 2016 Patient Survey shows that mental health needs are not currently well met.
We want to be at the forefront in addressing patient needs holistically, building on our unique expertise and already established integrated services in stroke and neurorehabilitation.
We plan to: