King's Health Partners made one of England's six Academic Health Science Centres
Today – Tuesday 1 April 2014 –King's Health Partners receives formal accreditation for a further five years from the Department of Health as one of just six Academic Health Science Centres in the country.
The role of Academic Health Science Centres is to align NHS organisations and their university partners in world-class research, health education and patient care, and to improve healthcare by increasing the translation of discoveries from basic science into patient benefits.
King’s Health Partners brings together Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital, South London and Maudsley and King's College London and was first accredited in 2009.
Over the next five years, our Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) will focus on the following six areas – developing clinical services, research activity and education and training in each field:
• Mental and physical health
• Excellence through key specialties
• Basic science and experimental medicine
• Transforming through education and training
• Transforming patient outcomes through informatics
• Value based healthcare
To support this work programme and deliver the AHSC’s ambitions, a new governance structure has been agreed. The new structure will bring a wider group of senior staff into the management of King’s Health Partners with Trust Chief Executives and the College Secretary leading on key areas of work, including integrated care. In addition, new non-executives will be appointed to the Board.
Professor Sir Robert Lechler, Executive Director of King’s Health Partners, said: 'To date King’s Health Partners has been on a very impressive journey. We have increased the number of patients entered into our clinical trials – by 20% in 2013, and the establishment of our Clinical Research Facilities and relationship with Quintiles has attracted increasing numbers of First in Man and early phase trials. We’ve made real advances in integrating mental and physical health care, and made significant headway in using anonymised patient data for research through our Clinical Record Interactive Search database.
'Going forward, we will deliver on our six chosen areas, continue to develop innovative ways of integrating across the hospital and community boundary, and integrate mental and physical healthcare, bringing acute care physicians together with psychiatrists and psychologists to treat the ‘whole person’ and ensure that mental health continues to be at the core of this unique centre of excellence.'
'Ultimately we are aiming for a real impact on our local population’s health. This will be the measure of our future success.'