King’s College Hospital is a leading centre for the treatment of acquired brain injury (ABI). Major causes of ABIs include haemorrhage, stroke, infection, and trauma such as road accidents or falls. While medical advancements have increased survival rates, patients are commonly recognised as having a long-term neurological condition.

This can cause considerable disruption to family life as they adapt to the extra demands placed upon them. Family members can be affected by carer-burden, mental ill-health, and PTSD.


In 2019/20 we were proud to commit funding to a pilot intervention project that aims to improve care for the families and carers of survivors.


Championed by Nurse Consultant John Ling, and delivered in partnership with local charity Headway, this project will improve and integrate family-focused care and support families as they transition from one care setting to another.


The project will appoint an assistant psychologist to work within the Brain Injury Team at King’s to support patients and their families from their first day in hospital through to their discharge home.


"Our long term aim is to develop a complex intervention that actively engages with families and supports family resilience to the trauma of an acquired brain injury, by offering them the help they need when they need it.”

JOHN LING, Nurse Consultant, King's College Hospital Brain Injury Team



This project was a winning submission to the Crown Fund: a programme for funding smaller scale projects designed to attract exciting and impactful initiatives across our hospitals. Departments, wards and specialties were invited to share their project ideas for up to £25,000 to conduct small-scale innovations that have the potential to make a big difference to patient outcomes and experience. 


Are you a member of staff with a bright idea to transform the patient experience at King's? The Crown Fund is your opportunity to make it happen. Applications close on Wednesday 7th July 2021 at 12pm​.