King’s College Hospital is one of the largest and highest profile NHS Trusts in the country, we have a 12,800 workforce serving an inner city population of 700,000 and operating as a tertiary referral centre in certain specialties to millions of people in southern England.
King’s is undergoing a programme of change under the leadership of our Chief Executive and refreshed Executive Team, which includes the establishment of two new site-based executive teams. The scale of change planned requires a committed and resilient workforce
We are transforming King’s into a fundamentally new kind of Trust built around patient need, high quality care and great outcomes. We are delivering this as part of a joined-up and well-managed healthcare system, built in partnership with GPs, commissioners and other healthcare providers, including our neighbouring acute trusts.
The Trust provides services from King’s College Hospital Denmark Hill, Princess Royal University Hospital, Orpington Hospital, Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup, and Beckenham Beacon. We serve patients across a diverse inner city population.
The boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham are below the national average for a number of public health indicators including homelessness, deprivation, violent crime and poverty, and notably obese children and sexually transmitted infections. The borough of Bromley is much less deprived with a number of indicators above the national average.
People from throughout the UK and beyond come to us for our world-renowned specialist services such as liver, neurosciences, diabetes, cardiac services, haematology and foetal medicine. We are a world-class teaching and research centre and home to one of London’s leading trauma centres.
We are also a heart attack centre and a regional hyper-acute stroke centre. King’s is a pioneer in medical research, with a record of innovation in a number of key fields. The hospital is home to a number of leading clinical units and research centres, such as the Clinical Age Research Unit, the HIV Research Centre, the Cicely Saunders Institute and the Harris Birthright Centre. We are a member of the Shelford Group, a group of ten leading NHS multi-specialty academic healthcare organisations.
As part of the Shelford Group, we are dedicated to excellence in clinical research, education and patient care. We are also a key member of King’s Health Partners, which brings together a world-leading University for health research and education, generating nearly 4.8 million patient contacts each year, with a combined annual turnover of more than £3.7 billion. We have a strong brand internationally and have developed some significant collaborations with other international health systems, as well as with commercial partnerships here in the UK.
Listening is the key to understanding what matters – whether it's one of our patients or another member of staff.
Only by hearing what they say and trying to put yourself 'in their shoes' will you really appreciate their situation and understand their concerns.
By providing the right information at the right time and attending to their needs in a calm and professional manner, patients will feel confident in their treatment and the people who care for them.
We can't always make the right decisions as individuals - no one person can hold all the knowledge and skills required to answer every problem. By working together as a team - learning from each other and co-operating, we can get the job done.
With such a rich pool of talent at King's, there are always opportunities to make things better for our patients and for each other. We look to find innovative solutions to overcome the problems that arise and to learn from our experiences.
King's is a hospital with a world class reputation, providing services both nationally and internationally but our roots lie in the heart of our local community. Many of our staff are local people, a large number of local businesses provide services and support for the hospital and we in turn look to support and sustain the local community.