King’s College Hospital FT publishes new ‘action plan’

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has published its new ‘action plan’ designed to outline its aims and focus for the next 12 months.  

Entitled ‘Delivering our BOLD vision: Our plan for action – 2022/23,’ the document sets out how the trust will collaborate with patients, staff, partners and local stakeholders to further deliver on its five-year strategy – Strong Roots, Global Reach – published in July 2021. 

Additionally, the strategy is comprised of four major components – outstanding care; brilliant people; leaders in research, innovation and education; diversity, equality and inclusion – with each supported by five ‘key’ projects to be undertaken as part of the trust’s plan. The projects include:  

Brilliant People  

  • Launching the trust’s People and Culture Plan and set out how the organisation will “continue to create an environment where all of our Brilliant People can thrive” 
  • For the trust to “live” its values “throughout Team King’s, including as part of recruitment, appraisals and induction processes”  
  • Establishing “purpose-built wellbeing hubs on all hospital sites” and launching “a new staff psychology service, to support the holistic health and wellbeing” for all staff   
  • Launching Kaleidoscope, the trust’s new education offer, to “support the lifelong learning, development, and career aspirations of all staff”  
  • Creating new and more diverse routes into employment across King’s, through “the expansion of Project SEARCH and ongoing delivery of Apprenticeship 500”  

Outstanding Care 

  • Creating a better experience and outcomes for inpatients, by “rolling out protected mealtimes, introducing new ward-based champions to improve patient nutrition and hydration” 
  • Transforming the trust’s outpatient services, using “new digital tools and improved accessibility, and by incorporating patient feedback to improve the care we provide” 
  • Making the trust’s services more efficient and delivering “safe and sustainable cost improvements, by increasing theatre, day case and outpatient productivity, by reducing patient length of stay”  
  • Reducing backlogs and delays in care, by “working with partners across the South East London Integrated Care System and the Acute Provider Collaborative to maximise available elective capacity, integrate services and reduce patient waiting times”  
  • Investing in the future of clinical care by continuing to deliver the trust’s capital estates projects, such as, “beginning construction of a six-room standalone Endoscopy unit,” the “full utilisation” of the trust’s “Frailty Assessment Unit,” and “the opening of the new operating theatre” at the organisation’s PRUH (Princess Royal University Hospital) and South Sites 

Leaders in Research, Innovation and Education 

  • Delivering the next phase of the Apollo Programme, “beginning with the testing, configuration and user training for EPIC,” the organisation’s new electronic health record  
  • Launching the King’s Academy for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals 
  • Bolstering research participant recruitment, to ensure the trust remains one of the “top 10 research active Trusts in the country” and to continue to deliver on its’ Research & Innovation strategy 
  • Growing and embedding innovation culture by launching “the SC1 Innovation District, supporting over 10 home-grown innovations through the King’s Health Partners Medtech Joint Venture,” and by “establishing a new Innovation Steering Group” 
  • Increasing research at the PRUH by achieving “accreditation for additional research labs and securing further dedicated research space” 

Diversity, Equality and Inclusion 

  • Launching the trust’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion roadmap, setting out how the organisation will “continue to embed equality, diversity and inclusion”  
  • Strengthening staff diversity networks, through “protected time for network leads” and by launching the “Women’s and Faith Networks”  
  • Continuing to deliver the trust’s Green Plan by reducing waste and use of medical gases, supporting active travel, and “delivering over 1,500 individual ‘Do Nation’ pledges across Team King’s” 
  • Developing a new trust-wide health inequalities programme to “improve population health, by providing better access, experience, research opportunities and outcomes for all patients”  

To read the King’s College action plan in full, please click here.