Notes to editors
- For further information or interviews, please contact The King’s Fund press and public affairs office on 020 7307 2585, 020 7307 2632 or 020 7307 2581. An ISDN line is available for interviews on 020 7637 0185.
- The King’s Fund is a charity that seeks to understand how the health system in England can be improved. Using that insight, we help to shape policy and transform services. Our work includes research, analysis, leadership development and service improvement. We also offer a wide range of resources to help those who work in health share knowledge, learning and ideas. The King’s Fund is incorporated by a Royal Charter that was granted by Her Majesty the Queen in 2008 and which came into being on 1 January 2009. Previously, The King’s Fund was known officially as the King Edward’s Hospital Fund for London, and was established in 1907 by an Act of Parliament. Her Majesty the Queen acts as patron of The King’s Fund, and the Prince of Wales, HRH Prince Charles, has been an active President since 1986.
- In February 2008 The Fund published Safe Births: Everybody's business, an independent inquiry into the safety of maternity services in England. The inquiry was led by Professor Onora O'Neill, a senior figure in medical ethics and President of the British Academy. She was assisted by a number of panel members and expert advisers, selected for their expertise in areas related to health and patient safety. Following the inquiry and the publication of other reports, guidance documents and reviews, The King’s Fund launched the Safer Births programme. This is a service improvement programme run by The King’s Fund with national and local partners. It aims to improve the safety of maternity services by supporting frontline professionals. Find out more on the Safer Births project page.
- In 2004 Marie Curie launched the Delivering Choice Programme, which aims to develop and help provide the best possible services for patients at the end of their lives, allowing them to make free and informed choices about their place of treatment and death. A process of ongoing evaluation began in April 2007 and will continue for three years, aiming to improve service delivery. Find out more on the Choice at the End of Life project page.
- The King’s Fund’s The Point of Care programme aims to transform patients’ experience of care in hospital. The goal of the programme is to enable health care staff in hospitals to deliver the quality of care they would want for themselves and their own families. We are working with patients and their families, staff and hospital boards to research, test and share new approaches to improving patients' experience. The programme published a paper in December 2008, Seeing the Person in the Patient: The Point of Care review paper, which assessed the scale and nature of the problems patients sometimes experience. To read the review paper and to find out more about the innovative and proven initiatives used by the programme, see The Point of Care project page.