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A catalyst for innovation in health

Find out here about our mission and strategy, our funding programmes, our finances and our history.

Also read about some examples of the work we do to fund innovation in health.

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Season's Greetings

Whether we've made a difference together in the year that ends or are yet to, we at Guy's and St Thomas' Charity send you our best wishes for the coming season and throughout 2015.

New fund to support bright commercial ideas

We’ve launched a new fund in partnership Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust to support and invest in innovative ideas originating from the Trust.

Bright Ideas Fund is searching for innovations or inventions that have commercial potential – from healthcare-related software to new medical devices or business plans for spin-out companies.

It succeeds our successful Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity Innovation Fund for Technology Transfer (GiFTT) fund, and will be managed by the Trust, who is also contributing financially along with the Charity.

 

Find out how we turn great ideas into commercial successes

New Ronald McDonald House gets planning permission

Plans for a new ‘home away from home’ for the families of children who are being treated at Evelina London Children’s Hospital have been given the greenlight by Lambeth Council.

The new accommodation will be close to the hospital and will provide 59 family rooms and communal living areas to ensure parents have a free and welcoming place to stay whilst their children undergo treatment. When it opens in 2016, the new home will replace the existing Ronald McDonald House at Guy’s Hospital.

The Charity has invested £8.3 million in the project and is working closely with Ronald McDonald House Charities, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London on the project.

Find out more about the new Ronald McDonald House

Phone app gives babies a healthy start

A new free mobile application has been launched to guide parents and parents-to-be through pregnancy and the early stages of parenthood.

We’ve supported children’s health charity Best Beginnings to create Baby Buddy, an easy-to-use app that is particularly targeted at younger parents, including teenage mums, who may not be using antenatal services early or fully enough, attending health appointments or accessing trusted information.

Using personalised content approved by doctors and midwives, the app allows users to create an avatar or ‘buddy’ who accompanies them on their journey during the first crucial stages of parenthood.

Find out more or download the app, and watch Best Beginnings’ CEO Alison Baum talk about the project.

Combination of funding and convening encourages health innovation in Lambeth and Southwark

In 2013/14, we stepped up our role as a catalyst and ‘convenor’ to encourage innovative responses to the challenges that the local health and care system is facing.

Our 2013/14 Annual Report sets out where £28.8 million of funding was directed during the year. In addition to providing funding to projects that support innovation in health and healthcare across Lambeth and Southwark, during 2013/14 we also brought together people involved in local healthcare to develop new and far-sighted solutions to current issues. 

Read our Chief Executive's blog, 'A Year in Review'

Entrepreneurial parents receive £600k funding to lead the change in early years services

Six new enterprises set to improve the lives of young children were launched today in South London aimed at cracking persistent public health issues such as postnatal depression, stress, isolation and physical activities in families.

We partnered with the Design Council and the London Boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark to develop the Knee High Challenge, a competition to kick-start new products and services that improve the lives of under-fives in those boroughs and beyond. The new products and service include playful transformations of underused urban spaces and an online app that informs and inspires families to make the best use of free and paid services for under-fives in their local area.

So far a total of £312k has been invested across the six enterprises and all six are seeking further investment and partnerships to continue their work. We were delighted to announce today that we have awarded an additional £300k to three of the enterprises – Creative HomesKids Connect and Pop up Parks

Watch our Ollie Smith talk about working with the Design Council on the project or read more here 

Arts-based training for healthcare professionals launched

Healthcare professionals at King’s Health Partners are set to have movement, dance and improvisation included in their training, with the launch of an innovative new programme.

We have funded this unique arts-based training programme, which involves 10 bespoke courses across a range of clinical practices and settings.

The training uses practical exercises to enhance clinical skills. For example, the skills used to train dancers to prepare for different situations, including areas such as stamina and managing adrenaline, will be used to train frontline healthcare professionals to prepare for, and cope with, stressful clinical situations.

The initiative is a partnership between the Simulation and Interactive Learning Centre (SaIL) and Performing Medicine. The three-year research and development partnership will run from 2014 to 2017. As well as delivering the training programme, the findings of the project will be widely disseminated, to help encourage the use of arts-based learning in healthcare.

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Sale of new blood pressure measurement technology to SunTech Medical

Pioneering technology that allows blood pressure near the heart to be measured has been developed and sold to a manufacturer, following our help with exploring its potential markets and formulating a business plan. 

Professor Chowienczyk and his team from King’s College London developed an innovative algorithm to measure blood pressure near the heart via the traditional arm cuff. The technology has now been sold and will be released to the market by SunTech Medical.

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The Cancer Centre at Guy's

We have committed £25 million to the capital costs of the new Cancer Centre at Guy's Hospital.

The Cancer Centre is due to open in 2016 and construction is already underway.

In May 2014, we saw a significant milestone with the unveiling of a large glass window etched with a drawing based on the original design for the architectural competition, which will be installed near the entrance when the Centre opens.

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Diabetes Modernisation Initiative

The mortality rates for diabetes in the boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark are almost double the national average.

Over three years, the Diabetes Modernisation Initiative has worked with a number of clinical and community partners to redesign the delivery of diabetic care in Lambeth and Southwark. The new approach focused on better detection, better control of blood sugar levels, care in the right place, and productive partnerships. 

A learnings report from the Diabetes Modernisation Initiative has recently been published. 

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Ideas that inform our work

We are constantly on the lookout for the best and brightest ideas that can inform our own thinking. 

See a round-up of interesting content that we think is worth reading right now.

 

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