We're a grant-making charitable foundation. Our mission is to work as a catalyst for healthcare innovation in the London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark.
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 Homes, Kids Connect and Pop up Parks.
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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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.Read more
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.Find out more
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.Find out more
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