As an independent charitable partner, we have a clear focus of how and where we can add value to King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust patients by generating income through fundraising and making grants to departments, wards and projects across King's. The Charity funds projects that improve every aspect of healthcare and deliver the very best experience and outcomes for our patients, that are in addition to what should be funded by the NHS. We give grants that enhance services and facilities, support research and development, and improve the working environment for staff.
We support a number of major, strategic appeals and projects that transform the life chances of patients. We also fund a wide range of smaller, less visible but no less meaningful projects that support innovation or make hospital admissions and visits less overwhelming, and more comfortable for patients and their families.
The Charity’s finance team manages over two hundred funds set up to support specific wards and departments across King’s. This means we are able to make sure that money given to wards and departments is available to fund projects in those areas.
If you are a member of staff at one of King's hospitals, we may have an existing fund for your department or ward. Each designated fund is looked after by two members of King's staff. If you have a project that you would like Charity funding to support, please talk to your fund advisor. If you don't know who your fund advisor is, or if you have one, please get in touch. More information is available on Kwiki.
In 2017/18 we awarded grants totalling approximately £1.9 million:
- £639,000 on improving patient experience and welfare
- £480,000 for new equipment and facilities
- £427,000 towards clinical research
- £326,000 enhancing staff skills, health and welfare
- £100,000 supporting transformation projects
Focused primarily on enhancing the welfare of patients and service users of King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – including, where appropriate, supporting collaboration with colleagues across King's Health Partners to realise a shared ambition for excellence in teaching and clinical care, underpinned by world class research, our grant making policy is:
Aligned with King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s strategy
Our activities will be supportive of King's plans and emerging priorities whether these are developments in key specialties; system wide changes that support King's overall development and performance, or projects that enhance its distinctiveness, reputation and standing locally, nationally and internationally;
Our explicit additionality policy ensures that we augment rather than replace expenditure which should be funded from NHS budgets, and seek to fund developments which cannot be funded via other sources of voluntary income;
We are keen to support projects that push the boundaries and transform clinical services to deliver improved experience and outcomes for patients, and, in so doing, we are prepared to accept a degree of risk associated with this type of funding;
We will support developments that are underpinned by clear research evidence or that will help build an evidence base through innovation and evaluation and can therefore demonstrate positive impact i.e. on the quality of services, the experience of patients (and their families) and on their health outcomes;
We will pump prime innovation in service development and/or early research. We will provide ongoing funding for projects only where these are either truly additional or where there are realistic plans for securing longer term funding. We will only pay for equipment and facilities where ongoing funding for maintenance costs is in place;
Value for money
We will seek to assess projects according to the expected returns i.e. the level of investment versus the expected outcomes and impact;
Aligned with King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust policies
All grant expenditure must comply with King's policies and procedures e.g. recruitment, procurement.