King's Fund

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The King's Fund is a think tank in England, which seeks to understand how the health system in England can be improved. It organises conferences[1] and other events.[2]

Since 1997, they have combined with GlaxoSmithKline to fund a yearly award system. They reward small to medium sized health charities who are improving people's heath.[3]

The Chief Executive is Chris Ham and the Chief Economist, Health Policy is John Appleby (economist)


Founded as the Prince of Wales Hospital Fund for London in 1897, the fund changed its name in 1902 to King Edward's Hospital Fund after the accession to the throne of King Edward VII.[4] In 1907, Parliament incorporated the fund as the King's Fund.

George Stephen, 1st Baron Mount Stephen worked closely with the future George V in building the charity's endowment fund. Lord Mount Stephen was the charity's most important benefactor, having made gifts to the amount of £1,315,000.[5]

The fund was originally set up to contribute to London's voluntary hospitals. It later started to inspect hospitals. After the NHS was created in 1948, the fund re-purposed itself as think tank.[6]

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  1. ^ "The King's Fund Leadership Conference". Department of Health, UK. 18 May 2011. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  2. ^ "NHS Future Forum". The King's Fund, UK. 13 June 2011. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  3. ^ "2014 GSK IMPACT Awards in partnership with The King’s Fund". The King's Fund, UK. 2014. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Our history - The King's Fund". The King's Fund, UK. 2 December 2011. Retrieved September 8, 2011. 
  5. ^ Lord Mount Stephen's entry in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography
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