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.
A new photographic exhibition inspired by historical clothing used in mental health care is contributing to the dialogue around protection and restraint in care and treatment.
Held is part of a project of the same name which started in 2012 with our funding. Artist Jane Fradgley has photographed garments and textiles part of our art and artefacts collection, offering a unique take on these objects and inviting reflection on methods of care in mental health. The exhibition was previously shown at Guy’s Hospital, the Institute of Psychiatry and Plymouth Arts Centre.
Held is at the Bethlem Museum of the Mind, at the Bethlem Royal Hospital, from 30 May until 21 August.Take a look at highlights from our collection
Clinicians, academics and social entrepreneurs came together to discuss what it takes to sustain change in our local health and care system.
Our recent seminar brought together colleagues working in healthcare across Lambeth and Southwark. We heard from three of our recently supported projects - the Knee High Design Challenge, the Diabetes Modernisation Initiative and the KHP Pathway team - and many more on how we can create effective and lasting change.
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We have won a prestigious award for the way in which we make manage our investments.
The Portfolio Institutional Awards, held last night, honour “exemplary and forward-thinking investors in the UK institutional space”. The judges recognised us in the ‘best charity/foundation/trust’ category and remarked in particular our efforts to work as a team with our advisers and willingness to make health investments that relate to our work and further our charitable aims.
Our investment efforts are governed by our Investment Committee and are carefully structured and diversified to maximise the return on our assets whilst protecting our endowment for future generations.Find out more about how we invest
A successful service to improve the admission and discharge of homeless people and rough sleepers has expanded to South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM).
We have supported the service from the start and are funding the pilot at SLaM. "The introduction of the model in an acute mental health hospital for the first time is the kind of forward-thinking that we foster and thrive on”, said our CEO Peter Hewitt.
The multi-disciplinary KHP Pathway Homeless Team has started a three-year pilot at SLaM following its success at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts, where it has already helped 1,400 patients since January 2014.Find out more about the KHP Pathway Homeless service
Breathe Magic, an initiative born in Lambeth that uses magic to help children with motor disorders, is now expanding to Wandsworth thanks to funding from the council’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
Through an intensive two-week programme and follow-up sessions, Breathe Magic helps children with hemiplegia, a form of cerebral palsy, to develop their skills and confidence through learning magic tricks.
Following the success of Breathe Magic in Lambeth, which we helped to start, Wandsworth CCG has committed to funding 12 places over three years.
Find out more about our supported magic camp
We have become an independent charity, regulated by the Charity Commission. Although we are no longer a NHS charity, our name, mission and strategy remain the same.
Our new status confirms our independence from the Department of Health and allows us to continue on our mission to work as a catalyst for healthcare innovation in Lambeth and Southwark.
We have a new Charity number (1160316) and are now also registered as a company limited by guarantee (with number 9341980). Apart from these small changes, our essence remains the same and we are as committed as ever to working with our partners to fulfil our mission.
Read about our reconstitution
Partners involved in the new Cancer Centre at Guy’s celebrated its topping out with a small event on the roof of the 14-storey building.
When it opens in 2016, the £160 million new facility will house most cancer services across Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
We are one of the main funders of the project and have committed £26.7million towards the state-of-the-art building.
Commenting on the event, our CEO Peter Hewitt said: “The topping out marks another step in the journey to transform the experience of cancer patients at Guy's - something we wholeheartedly support.”Find out more about the new Centre and how to support it
Patients and staff speak about how live music performances transform their relationship with the hospital in a new film by Breathe Arts Health Research.
We support Breathe to deliver a year-long programme of free music performances in the wards and lunchtime concerts at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.Find out more about how we use the arts to improve health
Our supported 3 Dimensions of care for Diabetes (3DFD) has received £50,000 after winning an NHS Innovation Challenge Prize, which rewards front-line innovation.
3DFD focuses on the psychological impact on patients living with diabetes in south east London. As a result of the intervention, King’s College Hospital has seen a 45% reduction in Emergency Department attendances among diabetes patients, 43% fewer hospital admissions and 22% fewer bed-days – saving the Trust the equivalent of £225,000.
We supported the team to expand the initial project and this new funding will help them roll it out to new areas.Find out about another innovative diabetes project we support
The Mayor of London is expanding our supported project to reduce violent crime amongst young people at King’s College Hospital to all major trauma centres in London.
The expansion will place youth workers at St Mary’s, St George’s and The Royal London, and to expand the scheme at King’s following its success.
The initiative, run by charity Redthread since 2006, is embedded within the emergency department and deals directly with young victims. We provided Redthread with funding to consolidate the service at King’s. We also helped to set up a similar service at St Thomas’ run by charity Oasis, which has now expanded to North Middlesex Hospital in Enfield.Read about other projects we’ve supported
We take over 700 million breaths in a lifetime, each of them different from the next.
Inspired by this, artist Jayne Wilton has created a series of works, now exhibiting at Guy’s Hospital, that explore human breath and its uniqueness.
Working with other artists as well as patients, and using light sensitive surfaces such as photographic film, Jayne has captured the ephemeral breath and its movement – including breathing whilst singing or exercising – and made it permanent.
The exhibition runs until the end of April in the main hospital corridor with our support and as part of a season of artistic performances celebrating ‘voice’.Find out more about the project on Jayne’s blog
As part of our efforts to improve health and healthcare in our communities, we've been exploring attitudes to health across Lambeth and Southwark.
We held in-depth interviews and chatted with many on the street. We then gathered together a few of our key local partners to talk about what people had told us.
Although small, the exercise showed how people often struggle to fit healthy habits in their lives - and how a new way of talking about health may be the way forward.Find out more and watch people sharing their views
Patrons at The Dragon Café in Southwark got a surprise visit from Health Minister Norman Lamb MP.
The Minister got a chance to experience first-hand the ‘mental health café’ – a welcoming and creative space that caters for over 200 people every week through its rich programme of activities. The café, the first of its kind in the UK, is supported by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and Southwark CCG.
After being welcomed by the project founder Sarah Wheeler, the Minister (first on the left) chatted with café patrons and with the funders of the project.Find out more about how we're using arts to improve health
New research has found that emergency caesarean simulator Desperate Debra is seen as ‘a useful training device’ by 93% and ‘realistic’ by 87% of doctors who trialled it.
Desperate Debra, a silicone abdomen that simulates difficulty during advanced labour, was funded through GiFTT, our fund to support new healthcare technology, and developed by experts from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Trust and NHS Fife.
Following the research, which involved 30 doctors trialling the simulator, the project partners are calling for it to become a mandatory training device for all gynaecologists and obstetricians, to help them be better prepared to tackle the 20,000 emergency caesareans cases per year in the UK.Find out more and watch Desperate Debra in action
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
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
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.
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'
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.
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
We are constantly on the lookout for the best and brightest ideas that can inform our own thinking.