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A space to share thoughts and eureka moments on innovation in local healthcare.

We and our partners reflect on our work, the people and organisations we collaborate with, and the latest in health innovation.

  • Seven things we did in 2016 that we’re rather proud of

    Seven things we did in 2016 that we’re rather proud of

    Kieron Boyle

    At Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity we’re hugely fortunate to get to do what we do. So, as December is the internationally recognised month of lists, I thought I’d share with you seven things we’re rather proud about this year. I hope that some of them are of interest, and might inspire you to work with us in 2017. Continue reading...

  • Using every bit of support to beat cancer

    Using every bit of support to beat cancer

    David Cheesman

    As I type this, I realise this month sees not one but three awareness campaigns for types of cancer – lung, mouth and pancreatic. Continue reading...

  • Lessons from the frontline of health innovation

    Lessons from the frontline of health innovation

    Jackie Harrison

    This is the second instalment in my series of blog posts where I share some of the key lessons we’re learning from our work supporting new ideas in health. Continue reading...

  • Winning hearts and minds through communications

    Winning hearts and minds through communications

    Carly Annable-Coop

    In south London there are 56% more new cases of schizophrenia and other psychoses diagnosed each year when compared with the average in England. Continue reading...

  • How communications helped with the success of my health innovation

    How communications helped with the success of my health innovation

    Anatole Menon-Johansson

    I was recently asked to speak at the Charity's communicating in health seminar, sharing my experiences of how communications can help a project to reach its innovation goals. Continue reading...

  • Can creating health rather than treating illness ever be the new normal?

    Can creating health rather than treating illness ever be the new normal?

    Oliver Smith

    This was the question ringing in my ears as I returned from the 2016 meeting of The Creating Health Collaborative. Continue reading...

  • Creating the foundations for a digital revolution in health

    Creating the foundations for a digital revolution in health

    Kieron Boyle

    For the past few years we, like many others, have been particularly interested in the opportunities that digital technologies can create in health. Continue reading...

  • How our funding is improving Evelina London

    How our funding is improving Evelina London

    Ruth Bishop

    As the charity for Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust – and with that, Evelina London Children’s Hospital – supporting the very best care for children and their families is a key focus of ours. Continue reading...

  • How can we be the very best catalyst for health innovation?

    How can we be the very best catalyst for health innovation?

    Kieron Boyle

    There’s an interesting challenge in running a health charity that has been around for hundreds of years, and plans to be around for a few hundred more. Continue reading...

  • What to expect when co-producing new health services with users

    What to expect when co-producing new health services with users

    Sally Zlotowitz

    One in three young offenders have an unmet mental health need at the time of offence. They - as well as many people around them - are paying a heavy price for inadequate and inaccessible support. Continue reading...

  • Involving in heath innovation – tips from the frontline

    Involving in heath innovation – tips from the frontline

    Jude Partridge

    Jude Partridge, geriatrician at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, shares some of the lessons learned about involving others in designing and delivering health innovation. Continue reading...

  • Online health communities are changing healthcare – yet we know little about them

    Online health communities are changing healthcare – yet we know little about them

    Ben Metz

    Online health communities are having a big impact on healthcare - yet they are largely overlooked by researchers and the wider healthcare community. Continue reading...

  • Challenging the norm in children’s health

    Challenging the norm in children’s health

    Oliver Smith

    We just marked the close of the Knee High Design Challenge, which has improved the health of 0-5 year olds in Lambeth and Southwark over the past three years. Continue reading...

  • CEO blog: My first few weeks at the Charity

    CEO blog: My first few weeks at the Charity

    Kieron Boyle

    Three weeks into the job and the team have let me loose on a blog (which is brave of them, but don’t tell them that!). Continue reading...

  • What happened when an artist entered a centre for sleep disorders

    What happened when an artist entered a centre for sleep disorders

    Susan Aldworth, artist and researcher, & Adrian Williams

    The human brain. Three pounds or so of fatty tissue, boxed inside the inky darkness of the skull. It needs sleep. Continue reading...

  • My parting wish for local health and care

    My parting wish for local health and care

    Peter Hewitt

    So after 42 years of more or less constant full time work, with the last two decades in Chief Executive roles, it’s time to leave Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and move into the next phase in my life. Continue reading...

  • Going beyond healthcare to improve local health

    Going beyond healthcare to improve local health

    Gayle Willis

    Lambeth and Southwark have a very diverse and mobile population, where extremes of deprivation and wealth coexist. This is despite the presence of high performing health and social care institutions in the area. Last month we hosted a seminar to explore how to improve the health by looking beyond the traditional prism of healthcare. Continue reading...

  • Lessons from the frontline of health innovation

    Lessons from the frontline of health innovation

    Jackie Harrison

    Investing in innovation is an exciting but risky business. As an organisation that does just that day in and day out, we place significant value on learning about how and why those new ideas we support are working - or not. Continue reading...

  • Transforming lives through imaging

    Transforming lives through imaging

    Ian Abbs

    The development of new technology, diagnostic innovation and new treatments will change the outcomes and experience for patients in ways that we can only start to imagine. Continue reading...

  • Knocking on the door to the future of health

    Knocking on the door to the future of health

    Oliver Smith

    We have hosted the first UK-based inspired by a global collective looking at health beyond the lens of healthcare. Everyone saw a huge opportunity to improve lives, but important challenges began to emerge. Continue reading...

  • The ideas we backed this year will make health better

    The ideas we backed this year will make health better

    Peter Hewitt

    This year brought us much cause for celebration as we partnered with many people with inspiration, ideas and ambition, working at the heart of health and social care here in Lambeth and Southwark. Continue reading...

  • Evaluating innovation: how can we get it right?

    Evaluating innovation: how can we get it right?

    Jackie Harrison

    Evaluation isn’t easy. I know because, in my job as Head of Evaluation at the Charity, I deal with the complexities of it every day. Continue reading...

  • A parting note as Chair - bold leadership is what it takes

    A parting note as Chair - bold leadership is what it takes

    Sir William Wells

    Last night I attended an event to mark my departure as Chair of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and it forced me to reflect on the six years I have spent in that role. As I step down, I throw down a challenge to those responsible for driving change. Continue reading...

  • Ten years of partnership

    Ten years of partnership

    Grenville Fox

    Evelina London is ten. A proud decade of delivering life-changing care for children, young people and their families, a success that is down to people: our extraordinary staff, the children and families, our donors and those who support us. Continue reading...

  • The catharsis of shared words

    The catharsis of shared words

    Nicola Crane

    We're supporting The Reader Organisation to bring about a reading revolution in Lambeth and Southwark, helping to reduce isolation and improve wellbeing. Over 1,300 people have attended at least one reading session - I was one of them recently. Continue reading...

  • Exploring the potential for a new innovation fund

    Exploring the potential for a new innovation fund

    Michael Wright

    We’ve partnered with healthcare communication gurus medDigital to explore what health innovators and entrepreneurs need today to ensure that their bright sparks become realities that benefit many. Continue reading...

  • Joining the dots in mental health support in Lambeth

    Joining the dots in mental health support in Lambeth

    Bill Tidnam

    As a charity that works with people at the margins of society, at Thames Reach we have known for years the challenges involved in, and the sheer importance of looking after, the complete health of the most vulnerable in our communities Continue reading...

  • The healing power of dance in mental health

    The healing power of dance in mental health

    Dr Lauren Gavaghan

    As a psychiatrist with an enduring passion for movement and dance, I was thrilled to witness first-hand the positive impact of The Alchemy Project, an Continue reading...

  • A few lessons from Israel's health tech start-up culture

    A few lessons from Israel's health tech start-up culture

    Michael Wright

    When looking for answers to London’s healthcare issues, few of us would think of turning to the Middle East. However, with its challenge-driven culture, high tolerance of failure and little regard for hierarchy, places like Continue reading...

  • Let's talk about change

    Let's talk about change

    Peter Hewitt

    This week we hosted a very special event. Our breakfast seminar was our first attempt at bringing together in this way a key group of people working in healthcare across Lambeth and Southwark. We used it to Continue reading...

  • Shaping our future with our Trustees

    Shaping our future with our Trustees

    Peter Hewitt

    With our impending reconstitution, proposals to change how our funding committees work and spending plans for the next year on the table, our Board of Trustees had a lot to consider this month. Continue reading...

  • An alternative service design for sexual health

    An alternative service design for sexual health

    Gillian Holdsworth

    We’ve just launched SH:24, a new 24/7 sexual health service that offers free self-testing and rapid results by text message to people in Lambeth and Southwark. Continue reading...

  • How should the NHS talk to people?

    How should the NHS talk to people?

    Oliver Smith

    In the last week I have been struck by the different conversations the NHS tries to have with the public, and how they can seem in conflict. Continue reading...

  • Measuring success - what we’ve learned from the grants we’ve awarded

    Measuring success - what we’ve learned from the grants we’ve awarded

    Jackie Harrison

    We've examined projects we funded between 2005 and 2010 for lessons about what works to make an initiative successful and sustainable. This is what we found. Continue reading...

  • 2014? The year of the people

    2014? The year of the people

    Gayle Willis

    When we were asked to reflect on the year that ends, an overriding theme flowed through each individual’s anecdotes and reflections: that it is people not institutions or companies that drive change and improve lives. Continue reading...

  • Turning innovative ideas into commercial successes

    Turning innovative ideas into commercial successes

    Michael Wright and Terry Parlett

    This month we witnessed the launch of the Guy's and St Thomas' Bright Ideas Fund, a partnership between Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and the Charity to support innovative ideas that help improve healthcare and also have commercial potential. Continue reading...

  • The journey to a 'home away from home'

    The journey to a 'home away from home'

    David Renton

    So why is there such a sense of joy at the Charity this week? Well, we have finally secured the site and partnerships to enable Ronald McDonald House Charities to build a stunning new facility for 59 families to stay in close to Evelina London Children’s Hospital. Continue reading...

  • A Year in Review

    A Year in Review

    Peter Hewitt

    We have just published our Annual Report for 2013/14 – a time to reflect on the range and scale of the Charity’s work, and the difference we are making to the health and wellbeing of people locally. Continue reading...

  • On the hunt for entrepreneurs

    On the hunt for entrepreneurs

    Ollie Smith

    Last week I was asked “how do you find entrepreneurs?” I have to confess my answer was pretty weak, “you know one when you see one” was the essence of it. Continue reading...

  • "It’s not normal to get thin as we get older"

    "It’s not normal to get thin as we get older"

    Dr Elizabeth Weekes

    Sometimes, as we get older, eating or drinking adequate amounts can become more difficult. In serious cases, this can lead to malnutrition or dehydration. Continue reading...