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The Kings Fund


Who we are

The King’s Fund is an independent charitable organisation working to improve health and care in England. We were founded in 1897 by the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII, to raise money for London’s voluntary hospitals. The work of the Fund has evolved over time in response to the changing needs of the population, but our mission – to improve health and care – has endured. The money invested in the Fund more than a century ago provides a substantial proportion of our income, enabling us to maintain our independence. We are not aligned with any political, professional or other interests.

Our work today involves understanding developments, challenges and opportunities across health and care. We use this understanding to influence policy and practice and to help people navigate the complexity of the systems in which they operate. We understand that our vision can only be achieved through collective action involving many organisations and sectors, so we seek to collaborate with and learn from a broad range of partners – including local and national NHS organisations, local government, people using health and care services, the voluntary and community sector and others – working together to achieve our goals.

We are able to succeed as an organisation because we value our people. Our staff bring a rich variety of talents, experience and expertise. Every part of The King’s Fund makes a vital contribution towards our vision of securing the best possible health and care for all, and we can achieve more by bringing our skills and expertise together.


Our vision is that the best possible health and care is available to all. We aim to be a catalyst for change and inspire improvements in health and care by:

  • generating and sharing ideas and evidence
  • offering rigorous analysis and independent challenge
  • bringing people together to discuss, share and learn
  • supporting and developing people, teams and organisations
  • helping people to make sense of the health and care system.

Strategic priorities

This is an exciting and important time for The King’s Fund as we embark on the delivery of a new 5-year strategy. Our work spans the breadth of health and care policy and practice, giving us a unique understanding of the strategic context for health and care now and in the future. Within this, we focus our resources around specific priority areas where we believe we can maximise our impact.

By engaging with our staff and people from across the health and care system, we have chosen three areas of focus for the next five years where the opportunity for The King’s Fund’s skills and resources to improve health and care is greatest.

We will work with people in the health and care system to:

  • drive improvements in health and wellbeing across places and communities
  • improve health and care for people with the worst health outcomes
  • support people and leaders working in health and care

Our broad knowledge of the health and care system and the relationships we hold across the system form the foundation of our work. We will continue to provide independent analysis,  explain key issues and respond to developments across the breadth of health and care, making sense of a complex and changing landscape. 

For further information on our Strategic priorities for 2020-24 and foundations of health and care please click here


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