The Trust was formed in 1993 from a merger of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals. The following decade saw a major programme of service reconfiguration involving the consolidation of specialist and elective services, including some specialist services from other hospitals (cardiac from the Brook, radiotherapy from King’s) and the closure of Guy’s A&E, bringing together two of London’s most well-known and successful teaching hospitals. The Trust established its role as the pre-eminent specialist provider in south east London. The opening of Evelina London Children’s Hospital in 2005 was the most recent element of the post-merger changes.
From 2003, the Trust launched service transformation programmes for kidney disease, sexual health and stroke services, with the support of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity. Crucially, these spanned organizations across south London, with the Trust playing a key role as a system leader, working to redesign patient pathways across primary, secondary and tertiary care, with the active involvement of patients. In 2004, the Cancer Programme was launched in collaboration with King’s College London, with the support of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity. This reflects recognition that excellence in cancer services and research is an essential component of all leading academic healthcare organizations. In 2009, the Trust started to explore opportunities to acquire community services to enable it to deliver seamless care across the whole patient pathway and be better able to meet the needs of their local population, particularly older people and people with long term conditions. In April 2011, Lambeth and Southwark’s community services joined the Trust. The trust has also helped to establish Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care (SLIC), a major programme with local partners to promote joined-up health and social care.
The School of Medicine has increased research income by more than 60% over the past five years. In 2007, the Trust was awarded one of the five National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) comprehensive Biomedical Research Centres to focus on translational research, renewed in 2012. In 2009, King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre was accredited to drive a programme of clinical academic integration, culminating in the February 2013 decision to explore the case for closer organizational integration.
The NHS Foundation Trust is dedicated to the communities they serve is at the heart of everything they do, providing people with high quality and personal care.
The trust is guided by the values: putting patients first, taking pride in what they do, respecting others, striving to be the best and acting with integrity. Their governors and members help them to be successful NHS foundation trust by ensuring to meet the needs and expectations of their patients. As part of King’s Health Partners, an academic health sciences centre, they’re pioneers in health research, and provide high quality teaching and education. Their partnership helps them provide the latest treatments.
The trust pledges to ensure that all of their patients’ basic needs are met all of the time, to ensure their staff honor the pledges to patients and staff set out in the NHS Constitution, to improve the way that they include patients and their careers in decision making, to develop new ways to receive feedback from their patients, to support and develop their staff so they always act in the patient’s best interest, to ensure their Board of Directors and governors are visible to patients and staff, to ensure that they have the right staff with the right skills caring for each patient, to foster a safety culture which is based on transparency and openness, to implement a zero tolerance approach to avoidable harm, to continue to support their staff to develop the skills they need to provide safe high quality care, to constantly monitor standards of care and respond quickly if there are concerns, to develop a range of initiatives that support their staff and help them to demonstrate the right values and behaviors at all times, to ensure staff respect their colleagues and respond positively to their diverse workforce and local community, to ensure leaders at all levels are visible and model the Trust values and behaviors, to balance safety, quality and efficiency, to seek to be a national leader in patient safety, to build on Barbara’s story and seek to be nationally recognized for the provision of exceptional care for their most vulnerable patients, to continue to develop their workforce so that all their staff strive to do their best, to ensure their staff feel listened to, to provide regular feedback to their staff and to ensure their staff are supported always to have the courage to speak up if they have any concerns.
The statistical data can be summed up as More than 2 million patient contacts each year, 790,000 in community services, 168,300 inpatients, 956,000 outpatients, 176,000 A&E attendances, 6,800 babies born. More than 1,000 inpatient beds, 665 beds for adults at St Thomas’, 288 beds for adults at Guy’s, including 30 dialysis beds, 144 beds for children in Evelina London, 46 specialist cots for babies, 88 intensive care beds, including high dependency across both hospital sites, 58 beds in the community facilities.