King's Fund

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The King's Fund is a think tank in England, which is involved with work relating to the health system in England. 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 health.[3]

The Chief Executive is Chris Ham.


Founded as the Prince of Wales's Hospital Fund for London in 1897,[4] the fund changed its name in 1902 to King Edward's Hospital Fund after the accession to the throne of King Edward VII.[5] 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.[6]

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 became a think tank.[5]


Former NHS Trust Chief Executive Officer Gary Walker has claimed that the King's Fund has received over £511,000 from the Department of Health since 2010, (as of 10 April 2014).[7][relevant? ]

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  1. ^ "The King's Fund Leadership Conference". Department of Health, UK. 18 May 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "NHS Future Forum". The King's Fund, UK. 13 June 2011. Archived from the original on 10 July 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "2014 GSK IMPACT Awards in partnership with The King’s Fund" (PDF). The King's Fund, UK. 2014. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Prince of Wales's Hospital Fund For London", The Times, 6 February 1897, p. 10
  5. ^ a b "About us: Our history". The King's Fund, UK. Retrieved 13 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Lord Mount Stephen's entry in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography
  7. ^ Walker, Gary. "Kings Fund suggests NHS fees - but is it really 'independent'?". Open Democracy - Our NHS. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 

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