King’s College Hospital Charity works to improve the care offered to patients and service users of Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (the Trust).
Our vision, aligned to that of the Trust, is an outstanding local hospital & world class centre for specialist clinical, teaching & research excellence.
The Charity is a catalyst for innovation and excellence. We do this by fundraising and giving grants that enhance services and facilities, support research and development, and improve the working environment for staff.
What is the Small Grants Programme? Why was it introduced?
A Small Grants Programme was established in 2017 to enable departments or specialties within King’s College Hospital to conduct small scale projects:
- in which a relatively small amount of money (£25,000 or less) can make a big difference to patient outcomes and experience
- in which there is a focus on innovation and transformation.
What projects have been awarded grants this year?
Earlier this year, 10 projects were successful in securing Small Programme grants including:
- A personalised on-line weight management package for kidney transplant patients
- Making Children’s A&E more child and family friendly
- Production of ‘A Patient Safety Story’ video to support staff training
- Creation of a therapeutic sensory room for older inpatients in Donne Ward
- A ‘Motomed’ bed based bike to support rehabilitation of patients in CCU
- Software and equipment to reduce anxiety and distress in children undergoing endoscopy
- A personalised on line weight management programme for kidney transplant patients
- A youth worker to support young patients in the liver transition service
- ‘Patient Knows best’ software to support the introduction of web-based electronic patient held records to support patients with HIV and haematological malignancies
- Furniture and fittings to make the Clinical Decisions Unit (CDU)more dementia friendly
- Introduction of Perfect Ward app for use in out patients (Other charitable funds were used to support its introduction into the wards).
The Charity is following up with grant recipients to ensure these projects progress on time and in budget this year.
When can members of staff next apply for a Small Grant?
Due to oversubscription in 2017, a second round will now open in January 2018.
An announcement will be made in the Staff Bulletin and on the Charity’s website (and cascaded through team briefings?).
What are the criteria for the Small Grants Programme?
Our overall grant making policy seeks to identify and support projects that are:
- Focused primarily on enhancing the welfare of patients/service users of the Trust
- Aligned with the Trust’s strategy and priorities
- Innovative (projects that push the boundaries and transform services and outcomes for patients)
- Additional (fund developments that cannot be funded via other sources of voluntary income, augment not replace expenditure)
- Sustainable (prime innovation in service development and /or early research)
- Evidence based (clear research evidence with a demonstrable positive impact)
- Value for money (level of investment versus their expected outcomes and impact)
- Aligned with Foundation Trust policies.
- For the Small Grants programme, the Charity specifically seeks to encourage applications for projects that meet one or more of the following criteria:
- projects in which patients and services users and their families are directly involved
- projects in which there is a potential impact across more than one ward, speciality, or hospital site
- projects from depts./specialties in which there are no designated funds, or designated funds held for this purpose are below £50k
- projects involving nurses, allied health professionals; multi-disciplinary clinical teams and non-clinical services/staff
- projects in which there is an element of staff fundraising or other income generation.
- Full information on the application process will be provided on the Charity’s website in January 2018.
- Research projects are not eligible but the Charity and Trust Research Office will shortly be announcing a new joint research fund for small grants under £10,000 to build research capability.
We are pleased to announce that the King’s College Hospital Charity has appointed Hilary Sears to lead the Board of Trustees overseeing the development of the Charity as a strategic partner to King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
“I am delighted to welcome Hilary as our new Board Chairman,” said Gill Edelman, Chief Executive of King’s College Hospital Charity. “Hilary’s experience and expertise in helping guide organisations through times of transformational change will be particularly valuable as we develop our own fundraising team and embark on new plans for growth and development of the Charity.”
Hilary recently completed her terms as Chairman of the MS Society (supporting MS sufferers and their families, and raising vital funds for research), and of KIDS (supporting disabled children). She was a driving force behind the StopMS appeal, and presided over modernisation programmes, the development of the current strategies and re-branding.
Hilary was a Vice-President in global firms Korn Ferry and AT Kearney, who seconded her to the Cabinet Office to focus on talent management for Senior Civil Servants. Hilary has a Cranfield MBA, and an MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change from Henley Business School. She is Deputy Chairman of the International Advisory Board of Cranfield School of Management, and is a Trustee of the Cranfield Trust.
Hilary said, “I am honoured and excited to be taking on the role of Chairman, with the opportunity to help establish King’s College Hospital Charity as a vibrant and dynamic organisation focused on helping the King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust achieve its ambitious development priorities. I am proud to be able to use my skills and experience to help the Charity strengthen the Trust’s links with its local communities and contribute to enhancing its global reputation for clinical excellence.”
New Designated Fund Advisors’ Operating Instructions 2017 – 2018
Donations that are intended to benefit a specific ward, department or clinical specialty in the Foundation Trust are generally held in one of the Charity’s ‘Designated Funds’. There are over 170 of these funds with two Fund Advisors each appointed to advise the Charity.
A copy of the new Operating Instructions for Designated Fund Advisors can be downloaded here:-
King’s College Hospital Charity has Reconstituted as an Independent Charity
King’s College Hospital Charity was reconstituted as an independent charity. We are no longer an NHS charity. We are independent from the Department of Health and are now regulated solely by the Charity Commission. We have a new Charity number (1165593) and are registered as a company limited by guarantee (09987908).
We reconstituted as we believe that independence will enable us to better deliver on our mission, provide a stronger foundation for the charity’s future growth and development and reduce the administration associated with being an NHS charity.
Our mission remains unchanged. Our primary beneficiaries are the patients and service users of King’s College Hospital Foundation Trust and we will continue to work closely with the Board, managers and staff across the Trust.
Our passion for ‘making a difference’ is undimmed. Our activities will continue to focus on enhancing services and facilities, improving the working environment for staff, and supporting research for the ultimate benefit of patients.