Notes to editors
1. For further information, including examples of completed projects, and interviews, please contact Beverley Cohen in The King's Fund public affairs office on 020 7307 2632 or Michael Moruzzi on 020 7307 2585.
2. 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 grants. We are a major resource to people working in health, offering leadership and education courses; seminars and workshops; publications; information and library services; and conference and meeting facilities.
3. 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.
4. In January 2001, Enhancing the Healing Environment gave grants of £35,000 to all 32 acute hospital trusts in London to undertake an environmental improvement project in an area used by patients. The same grant was later awarded to London's 11 mental health trusts and five primary care trusts in the capital.
Barking, Havering and Redbridge, Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals, Barts and the London NHS Trust, Bromley Hospitals, Chelsea and Westminster Healthcare, Ealing Hospital, Epsom and St Helier, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Chldren, Guys and St Thomas' Hospital, Hammersmith Hospitals, Hillingdon Hospital, Homerton University Hospital, King's College Hospital, Kingston Hospital, Mayday Healthcare, Moorfields Eye Hospital, Newham Healthcare, North Middlesex University Hospital, North West London, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Queen Mary's Sidcup, Royal Brompton and Harefield, Royal Free Hampstead, Royal Marsden Hospital, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, St George's Healthcare, St Mary's, University College Hospital, West Middlesex University Hospital, Whipps Cross University Hospital, Whittington Hospital.
Mental health trusts
Barnet, Enfield and Haringey; Camden and Islington; Central and North West London; East London and the City; Hillingdon Primary Care Trust; North East London; Oxleas; South London and the Maudsley; South West London and St George's; Tavistock and Portman; West London.
Primary care trusts
Haringey; Kensington and Chelsea; Lambeth; Sutton and Merton; Tower Hamlets.
5. The 23 trusts that have been selected to take part in the national extension are: Birmingham Children's 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.