We are an independent charitable foundation. We support new ideas to tackle major health and care challenges in the London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark.

How we work with
Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

With around £20 million to invest in local health improvements every year, we strive to drive radical and lasting change for people.

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The difference we make


Grant for UK first in kidney surgery

We have awarded a grant to the renal team at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust to undertake kidney transplants in full using robotic technology for the first time in the UK.

Robots have been used to extract organs from donors for some time. Thanks to the new funding, the Trust is set to become the first in the country to use the technology to implant donated kidneys in patients, speeding up people’s recovery and minimising discomfort. The new approach, which will perform keyhole surgery, will revolutionise a procedure that has remained unchanged for 50 years.

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Hidden treasures on show for first time

A previously unknown royal portrait, a gold memorial ring, rare silverware and a collection of short films from the 1950s are some of the precious items from our collection that will go on show for the first time in a new exhibition opening 27 November.

‘Hidden Treasures from the Hospital Vaults’, at the Florence Nightingale Museum, will have on display 22 items from ourlarge fine arts and heritage collection, which we use to improve health and care and enhance spaces across Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

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Ten years of partnership

"The Charity’s ‘double nature’ as our charity ­– for anyone who wants to donate to our hospital – and as an independent foundation supporting innovation in health in our local area brings double the opportunity for us."

Coinciding with Evelina London's tenth anniversary, Clinical Director, Dr Grenville Fox, takes stock of a decade of fruitful partnership between us and the much-loved children's hospital.

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Tom Joy joins our Board

We are very pleased to welcome Tom Joy, Director of Investments at the Church Commissioners for England, to our Board of Trustees.

Tom, who will also chair our Investment Committee, replaces Wol Kolade, who started on his role as new Chair of the Charity on 1 October.

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Renewed funding for research

We have renewed our support of two research programmes which back innovative and risk-taking approaches across King’s Health Partners.

The successful King's Health Partners R&D Challenge Fund and the PhD programme in Biomedical and Translational Science will receive an additional £1.2 million and £600K respectively to provide a new cohort of researchers with opportunities to scale up ambitious ideas and translate scientific breakthroughs into healthcare improvements.

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Evaluating innovation

We have brought together people working and making decisions in health and care in Lambeth and Southwark to talk about some of the key challenges involved in evaluating new initiatives in health.

Speakers including Jonty Heaversedge, Chair of NHS Southwark CCG (pictured), shared their experiences and reflections at the seminar, part of a series of events to bring colleagues together to discuss and find solutions to major problems faced by health innovators in our area.

Find out about the event

Giving babies the best start

Mums, babies, midwifes and health professionals marked the launch of a major new project to support parents across Lambeth and Southwark.

Over 400 parents and babies in some of our most deprived communities will benefit from ‘Strengthening Babies’ Futures’, which aims to give babies the best start in life by supporting parents, the local community and health professionals to work together to create community-led support networks.

The project is led by Southwark Citizens, in collaboration with local parents, Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital, and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts and King’s College London.

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Lessons in sustaining impact in health

Today’s context of rising demand, changing needs and reduced funding requires more than ever new ideas to improve healthcare. However, even when innovations have been proven to work, spreading and sustaining them is still difficult.

This is why we have taken a look at what it means and what it takes to sustain impact in health and care. We have looked back at hundreds of projects we have supported and spoken with many innovating on the ground in Lambeth and Southwark. What we’ve learned points to a few essential ingredients that can make all the difference.

Our learning in sustaining impact

Tackling children’s
poor mental health

One in 10 children in the UK aged 5-16 have a diagnosable mental health problem. We fund a range of initiatives in mental health in Lambeth and Southwark and are supporting The King’s Fund's national one-day conference on improving mental health outcomes for children and young people.

On 22 October, health specialists, GPs, commissioners, schools and others are coming together to explore how to transform health services for children and young people. The day will focus in particular on improving access to care and reducing waiting times, delivering greater integration and meeting the needs of the most vulnerable.


Find out more and sign up to attend

Barbara Moorhouse joins our board

We are delighted to welcome Barbara Moorhouse to our board of Trustees. Barbara brings a depth of strategic, operational and financial leadership experience built up over an extensive career in the private and public sectors.

She spent most of her career as Chief Operating Officer/Chief Finance Officer in international quoted companies before becoming Director General at the Ministry of Justice and subsequently the Department for Transport. Barbara was Chief Operating Officer of Westminster City Council from 2010 until 2013. She is also a board member of the West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). Barbara also chairs our Audit Committee.

New Emergency Floor at St Thomas'

The £20 million scheme to create an Emergency Floor at St Thomas’ Hospital has gathered pace with the move of the acute admission wards to the new space.

The new Floor is bringing together emergency services in a single area of the hospital, with a larger Emergency Department (A&E) and an expanded Urgent Care Centre.

We are supporting the development with £470K for a cutting-edge programme of arts. Using tools including wall graphics, film and digital technology, the programme aims to help patients navigate through the area and avoid future admissions, and to reduce violence in the Emergency Department, building on recent research.

More about our support for the Trust

Stroke register celebrates 20 years

The South London Stroke Register, the largest of its kind in the world, marked its 20th anniversary in July.

Hosted at King’s College London, the register has been running since 1995, partly funded with our support. It’s the world’s largest running population-based stroke register with long-term follow up, with nearly 6,000 incident strokes and 13.6m items of data on record.

Data from the register helped to redesign stroke services in London in 2010, which is estimated to have saved 100 lives a year and reduced the cost to the NHS by £800 per patient.

The anniversary celebrations included a full day symposium and a photographic exhibition featuring stroke survivors like Pauline (pictured left).

Arts-based method improves dementia care

New research has shown that an innovative intervention improves the quality of life and wellbeing of people with dementia.

With our support, reminiscence arts experts Age Exchange embarked on a pilot using arts to trigger memories which improved communication and engagement in the present for people with dementia living in care homes. Independent research now shows that the pilot improved the quality of life and wellbeing of participants week-on-week over a 24-week period. Age Exchange is developing a training programme for care home staff and is presenting its results to MPs and peers at the All Parliamentary Party Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing in July.

Read about other mental health work we support

Awards for cancer and respiratory centres

The new cancer and respiratory centres at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust have won prestigious architecture awards.

The Cancer Centre currently being built at Guy's Hospital won the 'Best ideas or new concept' category at the Architects for Health Design Awards on Monday 22 June. The Lane Fox REMEO Respiratory Centre – which opened last year and brings St Thomas’ expertise in respiratory care to Redhill in Surrey – was crowned 'Best new building' and overall winner of the Design Awards.

We have supported the Cancer Centre (pictured left) with £26.7m and have contributed to the artwork in the Lane Fox REMEO Centre.

Learn more about our support for Guy's and St Thomas' Trust

Mental health hub expands across Lambeth

We’re supporting the expansion of a successful hub of mental health services to the whole of Lambeth.

We have provided the hub – a collaboration between Lambeth Council, health and voluntary sector organisations which has been running in the north of Lambeth since 2013 – with £1.9m to extend its services to the rest of the borough. When it opens in late June, the hub will be a ‘front door’ to comprehensive mental health support, from clinicians and social workers to occupational therapists and benefits advisers. The hub aims to ensure more people get the help they need earlier, with fewer moving into longer-term support.

Read about other mental health services we support

Wol Kolade appointed new Chair

Wol Kolade will become our new Chair from 1 October 2015.

Wol has been a Trustee since 2009 and has served as the Chair of our Investment Committee. He is managing partner of private equity investor Livingbridge.

Wol replaces Sir William Wells, who will stand down at the end of September after six years in the role.

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Celebrating cancer survivorship

The first ever Cancer Survivors’ Day in the UK has taken place at Guy’s Hospital – a celebration of hope and resilience for over 500 cancer survivors, their families and carers.

Bringing a celebration that’s held every year in the USA to our shores for the first time, the day saw survivors modelling clothes at a fashion show, live entertainment, talks and tours of the new Cancer Centre at Guy’s. The inspiring event, which we supported as part of our wider work in cancer support, ended with the release of doves and a live video link to pass the baton to the celebrations in America.

Construction starts on ‘home away from home’

A groundbreak event has marked the start of building work on a new 59-bedroom free ‘home away from home’ for families of children being treated at Evelina Hospital.

The new Ronald McDonald House, which will be just few minutes’ walk away from the hospital when it opens in summer 2016, is fruit of a partnership between Ronald McDonald House Charities, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Trust and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity. We provided the land for the new house and helped to bring together the parties involved.

TV presenter Jeff Brazier and local schoolchildren helped to mark the special occasion. 

How we helped to create the new house

New partnership to help NHS and health tech companies work together

We’ve partnered with healthcare consultants ZPB Associates to set up a group of experts to help health tech SMEs and NHS organisations work better together.

The group includes senior representatives from NHS England, NHS Foundation trusts, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and leading SMEs. It will publish guidance to address key challenges like the lack of clarity in procurement or the need for sustainable business models for NHS and SMEs to work with.

The new expert group has been announced coinciding with the NHS Confederation 2015 annual conference and exhibition.

Read about an example of our support for health tech locally

Restraining clothes under new light

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

Exploring sustainable change in healthcare

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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Award recognises our approach to investing

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

Homeless service expands to mental health

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

Wandsworth touched by magic

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

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.

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

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 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

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.

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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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