New partnership to deliver world-class care for heart and lung patients

Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust and King’s Health Partners have partnered up to revolutionise cardiovascular and respiratory services for patients.

The partners are to create a global powerhouse for heart and lung medicine and research in London, providing the best possible patient care and experience.

These intentions bring together the specialist skills and expertise from all of the organisations involved to create a centre of excellence for current and future patients.

Together Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust and King’s Health Partners (the Academic Health Services Centre comprising Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts and King’s College London) would deliver world-class clinical facilities.

This envisages the development of a new purpose-built clinical academic facility on the St Thomas’ Hospital and Evelina London Children’s Hospital site.

The partnership would also provide substantial investment to other sites within the organisations at King’s College Hospital and Harefield Hospital, to support the provision of high-quality care in a new network for patients across the south of England.

The opportunity would: deliver world-class clinical services from before birth through to old age for common and rare conditions on a local, regional, national and international level; enable the organisations involved to deliver best practice care in modern facilities; provide a large-scale service for adults and children with heart and lung conditions; allow the organisations to cement their place at the forefront of UK health research; and rain the next generation of clinicians and researchers.

The partnership intends to align internationally renowned organisations that lead in the treatment and research of cardiovascular and respiratory conditions of adults and children.

Bob Bell, chief executive of Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We believe there is the potential to transform heart and lung disease treatment and research in the UK. Our ambition is to reap the benefits of collaboration by working together across all cardiac and respiratory specialist services for adults and children, in a powerful collaboration between Royal Brompton, Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospitals, and King’s College London.

“This would be a UK first in terms of the scale of the partnership and the clinical, education and research benefits it could provide, rivalling the world’s largest centres, and becoming the most advanced cardiovascular and respiratory health system in Europe. For instance, our congenital heart services and cystic fibrosis services would continue to offer care from before birth to old age, reflecting what we believe to be the best model for the delivery of a lifetime of specialist care, and crucially, our clinical and research teams built up over decades, would stay together.”

Robert Lechler, executive director of King’s Health Partners, said: “Cardiovascular and respiratory conditions affect patients of all ages, and much of the premature morbidity and mortality caused by these conditions is preventable or amenable to treatment. We have identified the potential to create a world-leading centre of excellence and network in cardiovascular and respiratory treatment and research. Our ambition is to create a service that can provide the best possible care to as many patients as possible, both now and in the future.”

Amanda Pritchard, chief executive of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are excited to explore the potential benefits that this partnership could bring to patients of all ages. We believe that combining exceptional specialist services would not only build on our existing high-quality services to offer the best possible care for patients, but it would also give us an unrivalled opportunity to carry out leading research on a larger scale, helping future generations of patients with cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. We look forward to working closely with Royal Brompton & Harefield and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts in the coming months.”

Nick Moberly, chief executive of King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, says: “We know that working in partnership and sharing our expertise across organisational boundaries allows us to deliver even better patient care and outcomes. We believe that there is a real opportunity for us to rethink and transform how we deliver services to people with heart and lung disease right across southeast England.”