King's Fund

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]

See also


  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. 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. 1 2 "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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