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.

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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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Change of status

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.

By reconstituting, we have reduced the heavy administration associated with being an NHS charity and limited the liability of our Trustees. 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.


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Cancer Centre reaches top height

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

New film showcases benefit of music in hospital

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

Diabetes project wins innovation award

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

Mayor expands scheme to cut gang crime

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 Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime has announced £600,000 funding to 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

Breathing as art

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

How do people view health?

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

Health Minister in the dragon’s den

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

93% of doctors say ‘yes’ to Desperate Debra

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

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.

Find out more

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.

Find out more

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. 

Find out more

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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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