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The Division of Health & Social Care Research

The Division of Health and Social Care Research provides the focus for community-based, public health, global health and rehabilitation research and teaching within the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine. We have 160 academic, clinical, research and professional service staff working across two Departments and one Centre: the Department of Primary Care & Public Health Sciences, the Department of Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation, and the Centre for Global Health and Health Partnerships.

Institutionally, the Division supports a broad range of leading research activities across King’s College London. Research within the Division has helped shape clinical guidelines and government policy, particularly in the areas of stroke, health inequalities and medical diagnosis.

In REF2014 86% of our overall performance was rated 4* and 3*, which positions the Division at sixth in the UK for Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care in terms of the proportion of the submission ranked at 4* and 3*. Our impact case studies demonstrated how our research is helping to transform healthcare, with 80% of our Impact judged to have made ‘outstanding impact in terms of their reach and significance’, and all our impact case studies rated 4* or 3*.

The Division’s interest in global health is steered by the Centre for Global Health and Health Partnerships, where we have a focus on global surgery intervention, health systems strengthening, research capacity building, sexual health, and conflict and health. We continue to strengthen health systems in low and middle income countries through our Global Health Partnerships in Sierra Leone, Somaliland and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Research within the Division is integrated with major National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) infrastructures: the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, where the Division leads the Populations Sciences cluster; the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South London, where the Division leads the Stroke and Public Health themes; the Division hosts the NIHR Research Design Service London (RDS London), which complements a growing Research Consultancy Service; and the NIHR Clinical Research Network National Speciality Hub, who provide oversight of the need for and capacity for clinical research in nine specialty groups.

The Division delivers 17% of the total medical curriculum for the Faculty through the King's Undergraduate Medical Education in the Community (KUMEC) programme, which has excellent links with GP practices in South London and beyond. Public Health, Medical Statistics and Sociology are taught in years 1 and 2 to all medical undergraduates. A range of non-clinical and clinical undergraduate and postgraduate training opportunities are offered, including PhD opportunities and Masters courses in Public Health, Global Health and Physiotherapy. A new 2020 Curriculum is being developed with an increased focus on Divisional teaching in Primary Care and Public Health.

Within King's Health Partners we have lead on developing a King's Health Partners Strategy for Public Health, involving our partner organisations in South London, and the Public Health Research Challenge as one of Grand Challenges. This has resulted in a South London Public Health Collaborative, and now with the creation of an Institute of Urban Population Health & Care.

The Division is committed to Equality & Diversity and has been awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze Award for its work on advancing the careers of women in science and medicine employment in higher education and research.


Primary Care and Public Health Sciences

The Department of Primary Care and Public Heath Sciences is a highly multidisciplinary Department, with primary care, public health and other clinicians, social scientists, psychologists, statisticians, informaticians, health economists, epidemiologists and educationalists all represented. The core Department comprises of 130 academic, clinical, research and professional service staff.

The Department has a particular focus on translational research from ‘bench to community’ with part of the Division embedded within the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre, along with the Primary Care Research Network hub for Greater London. Our research is used to inform clinical guidelines and national policy, particularly in the areas of stroke, health inequalities, medical diagnosis and clinical research informatics. We collaborate with the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence and contribute to King’s NICE External Assessment Centre (KiTEC).

The Department has strong links with local communities, particularly those of Lambeth and Southwark. Both are urban, diverse and multi-ethnic communities. Addressing health inequalities is a public health and commissioning priority. Much of our research has a health inequality dimension and research findings are used to contribute to local policy development.

We have established and strong international links, particularly with US and European research and teaching partners (e.g. via E.U. funding; UCSF). 

Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation

The Academic Department of Physiotherapywhich is a constituent part of the Division, consists of a multidisciplinary group of researchers, including physiotherapists and clinical psychologists. We conduct research in four main areas: physical activity and health promotion; long-term conditions, ageing and self-management; health beliefs and complex interventions; and pedagogy. The Department has a growing research profile and collaborates widely within King's and other Universities in the UK and abroad.

Ranked highest in all NHS London’s contract performance league table for physiotherapy education, both the BSc and MSc have contemporary curricula, responsive to the needs of the changing NHS. They are both highly practice focused and provide an excellent preparation for a professional career. Strong collaborative working with practice partners drives curriculum development and supports students’ learning in both College and on practice placement. An exciting and well-balanced range of practice placement experience is available to students. 

The Department is currently exploring opportunities to develop continuing practice and professional development (CPPD) base both on offering elements of our current post-graduate provision as standalone elements and other practice led, bespoke short courses.  


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