The King's Fund announces first partners of its new funding programme to improve the health of Londoners

Support to mental health and end-of-life care services in London is extended today as The King's Fund announces the first award partners of its latest funding programme.

Four organisations from across London providing mental health services and end-of-life care have been chosen to receive awards of £150,000 over two to three years. The King's Fund is offering support to the projects which will start immediately, run by the following organisations:

  • Mind in Croydon will provide an advocacy service to support parents with mental health problems access services to protect and maintain their family and support them as parents, supporting their mental health needs and the child's health needs.
  • Mind in Hammersmith and Fulham will develop an advocacy service aimed at helping people with mental health needs gain better access to services to improve their physical health.
  • Project For Advocacy Counselling and Education (PACE) will develop access to mental health services for the lesbian and gay population as well as a strategy specifically aimed at youth access to services in London.
  • St. Christopher's Hospice will work to improve practical support to dying patients with dementia and improve the contribution that carers and health professionals can make to the quality of care.

The King's Fund chief executive Niall Dickson said:

'I am delighted to announce the first awards of our exciting funding and development programme. Through this programme we will help to develop and deliver services which we hope will establish how mental health advocacy can be made effective, and discover how we can improve end-of-life care for dependent adults and their carers.

'I look forward to reviewing these programmes and developing our relationship with our new partners to learn from the experience of different services as well as spreading the learning as wide as possible across the country.'

The funding stream is part of a wider three-year, £3 million funding and development programme, Partners for Health in London. Other programme streams focus on the areas of integrated health and sexual health.

Notes to editors: 

  1. For further information or interviews, please contact the King's Fund media and public relations office on 020 7307 2585, 020 7307 2632 or 020 7307 2581. An ISDN line is available for interviews on 020 7637 0185. For further information or interviews from the funding partners contact:
    • MIND in Croydon - Mr Richard Pacitti - 020 8668 2210
    • MIND in Hammersmith and Fulham - Mr Leo Sowerby - 020 8741 0611
    • PACE - Ms Rosemary Watt-Wyness - 020 7700 1323
    • St. Christopher's Hospice - Dr Victor Pace - 020 8768 4500
  2. For more information about Partners for Health in London, including the process of making an application, please visit our Partners for Health in London page.
  3. The King's Fund is an independent charitable foundation working for better health, especially in London. We carry out research, policy analysis and development activities, working on our own, in partnerships, and through funding. We are a major resource to people working in health and social care, offering leadership development programmes; seminars and workshops; publications; information and library services; and conference and meeting facilities.