Notes to editors
The NHS spends around £3.4 billion a year on services provided by charities.
An estimated three million people volunteer in health and social care, playing a vital role in delivering services and becoming an increasingly important part of the care team.
A quarter of third sector organisations are involved in the provision of adult health and social care services. Small, local charities are often best-placed to understand the needs of the UK’s increasingly diverse population. They can often respond more flexibly and creatively than large public sector providers.
Recent research by The King’s Fund found that financial pressures are undermining volunteering. Income is more uncertain and small charities do not have the diversity of funding that larger charities do. For more information please visit: www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/volunteering-health-and-care
GSK IMPACT Awards
The awards are open to charities with an annual income of between £25,000 and £2 million that are at least three years old. The name ‘IMPACT’ derives from the criteria that winners must have demonstrated in their application submissions: Innovation, Management, Partnership, Achievement, Community Focus and Targeting Need.
This year almost £340,000 in prize money will be awarded to charities through the GSK IMPACT Awards. There are 10 GSK IMPACT Award winners who each receive £30,000, and 10 runner-up organisations who each receive £3,000. Of these, an overall winner will be awarded an additional £10,000 at an award ceremony at the Science Museum in London on Thursday 15 May 2014.
Since its inception in 1997, more than 300 community health care charities have received a GSK IMPACT Award and funding totalling almost £5 million.
GSK – one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and health care companies – is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. For further information please visit www.gsk.com
The King’s Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and health care in England. We help to shape policy and practice through research and analysis; develop individuals, teams and organisations; promote understanding of the health and social care system; and bring people together to learn, share knowledge and debate. Our vision is that the best possible care is available to all. For further information please visit www.kingsfund.org.uk