On Monday 10 June, an Inaugural Symposium to launch the King’s Health Partners Women’s and Children’s Health Institute was held to address the most important healthcare needs and improve outcomes for women and children locally, nationally and internationally.
The foundations of lifelong health are built in utero, at birth and in childhood. It’s why we need to recognise the link between women’s and children’s health to prevent disease and ultimately save lives.
Traditionally, health and disease of women and children have been treated as separate disciplines both in research and in academic and clinical education and training. This new Institute aims to address the important diseases affecting large numbers of patients across the life-course from before birth to adulthood, and on the combined effects of mental and physical disease.
The Institute will facilitate collaboration between the NHS and King’s to develop these themes and provide support for developing new projects. Key initiatives include the creation of a dedicated Clinical Trials Unit, development of Clinical Research Facilities, support for funding applications and teaching, and developing novel collaborations across King’s Health Partners.
The symposium held at Bush House was an opportunity to celebrate and learn about the Institute and find out what it can do to support your work and affect positive change across the globe.
Director of King’s Health Partners Professor Sir Robert Lechler opened the symposium and promoted the Institute’s role in improving technology, building a fit-for-purpose workforce and using data to better understand disease cause and prevention.