People's History of the NHS


The King’s Fund

In 2017, The King’s Fund celebrated its 120th anniversary. To mark the occasion, this gallery brings together some items from The King's Fund digital archive. Originally established as Prince of Wales Hospital Fund for London, the Fund was renamed when the Prince became King Edward VII in 1902. The main aim of the Fund at this time was to raise money for London’s voluntary hospitals. Following the creation of the National Health Service in 1948, the Fund’s role shifted to focus on developing good practice in the NHS. It did this through training courses, (delivered by the King’s Fund College) and through grants designed to support new initiatives to improve health care. In 1986 The King’s Fund Institute was established and this marked the beginning of the Fund’s work as a think-tank concerned with health policy research and analysis. Today, The King’s Fund is involved in activities including leadership and organisational development, policy analysis and research, and information provision. The Fund’s headquarters in central London continue to act as a forum for the exchange of experience and ideas and a meeting place for leaders from health care and related sectors.

Read a fuller version of the history of The King’s Fund , or visit the KF120 project page to find further information including a series of digital archive blogs charting the development of the Fund over the past 12 decades.

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