Notes to editors
The grants will be announced by HRH The Prince of Wales at 4pm during the second King's Fund Open Day on 26 March 2002. Journalists are cordially invited to attend. This event is on Royal rotation and there will be a Press Association reporter present. Please make contact through the usual channels for further information.
This is the second phase of the Enhancing the Healing Environment scheme. Last year London's acute hospital trusts each received £35,000 for similar environmental projects.
The King's Fund also publishes three further studies today, one looking at London's public health workforce, one looking at morale and motivation among NHS staff and the other examining the values that lie behind the NHS:
Public Health in the Balance shows that London faces a serious shortage of public health workers and warns that some of the expertise amassed over recent years in health and local authorities may be lost when primary care trusts take up responsibility for public health next week. This may hamper efforts to reduce health inequalities in the capital.
Counting the Smiles urges the Government to act now to boost morale among NHS staff. It shows that morale is low in the NHS, putting at risk the Government's plans to modernise the service. It says the two biggest causes of low morale are chronic staff shortages, which make working conditions difficult, and the strong perception among staff that their work is not valued.
Hidden Assets shows that staff, patients and citizens hold diverse views about the service. It argues that by listening to the views of patients, workers and the public, the NHS can benefit considerably as it changes to meet the demands of the new century. It adds that people should be consulted about the trade-offs between conflicting values, such as choice and equity, that are inherent in the NHS.
For more details about Enhancing the Healing Environment, other King's Fund grants or the Open Day, please contact Daniel Reynolds on 020 7307 2581 or 07831 55492.