Our ground-breaking approach to improving health in Lambeth and Southwark, 2011-2017
Through the fund we backed projects that have improved the health of the local population and those who use the local healthcare facilities, created integrated world-class cancer care and instigated system-wide transformation of healthcare.
Analysing nearly 80 projects (£15.6 million) we backed through the fund, we learned that 65% achieved or exceeded their goals, 48% had strong plans for sustainability and 46% said they learned important lessons
Some of the key things achieved through our Health Innovation Fund include:
- Modernising and improving the diagnosis and care for diabetes in our boroughs
- Creating a brand new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital to treat 6,500 patients per year and deliver 80,000 radiotherapy treatments - almost 70% more than before
- Championing new entrepreneurs to improve the health of children through an innovative programme with Design Council and our two local authorities
- Introducing in-house 3D printing at St Thomas’, which resulted in the world’s first use of the technology to transplant a kidney from an adult to a child
- Breaking new ground in arts in health through innovative programmes using dance in psychosis and introducing magic as a tool to improve mobility
Following our work through the Health Innovation Fund, we have introduced a programmatic approach to tackling major health issues in Lambeth and Southwark.