Notes to editors
1. The King's Fund is an independent charitable foundation working for better health, especially in London. Its £2million Enhancing the Healing Environment programme has been running since 2001. The 32 acute trusts in London were first to take part and this has been followed by the capital's 11 mental health trusts (from May 2002) and five primary care trusts (from July 2003). Additional funding for the national roll out has been provided by The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and The Burdett Trust for Nursing.
2. NHS Estates is an executive agency of the Department of Health, responsible for the development and implementation of policies across estates and facilities management. Among its major programmes is Improving the Patient Experience, which is aimed at delivering a better environment for patients, staff and visitors. The national extension of Enhancing the Healing Environment, which is being taken forward jointly by NHS Estates and the Chief Nursing Officer in support of work to improve the patient experience, forms a major strand of this programme.
3. The 23 trusts that have been selected to take part in the national extension are: Birmingham Childrens Hospital NHS Trust, East Somerset NHS Trust, Gloucestershire Partnership NHS Trust, Ipswich Primary Care Trust, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, Maldon and South Chelmsford Primary Care Trust, Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust, North Cumbria Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Oxfordshire Mental Health Care NHS Trust, Plymouth Primary Care Trust, Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospitals NHS Trust, Rotherham Primary Care Trust, Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust, South Manchester University Hospital Trust, South Tyneside Healthcare NHS Trust, Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust, St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust, Tees and North East Yorkshire Mental Health NHS Trust, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, West Sussex Health and Social Care NHS Trust, York Hospitals NHS Trust.
4. Media coverage of this event will be by Royal Rota. Any media wishing to attend should apply through the relevant news organisation. For further details please contact The Prince of Wales's press office on 020 7024 5832.
5. For further information, including examples of completed projects, and interviews, please contact Daniel Reynolds in the King's Fund public affairs office on 020 7307 2581 or 07831 554927.