368. King’s Health Partners & NHS South East London, London, UK

King’s Health Partners (KHP) is an Academic Health Sciences Centre where world-class research, education and clinical practice are brought together for the benefit of patients. KHP brings together:

  • three NHS Foundation Trusts
  • a world-leading university for health research and education
  • services provided across central and outer London locations, including seven mental health and physical healthcare hospitals and many community sites
  • nearly 4.8 million patient contacts each year
  • 40,000 staff
  • nearly 30,000 students
  • a combined annual turnover of more than £3.7 billion.

Our reach, collective ambition and capability, together with the fundamental belief that we can achieve more together than can be delivered individually, makes KHP stand out as an exemplar of a clinical and academic partnership. We translate cutting-edge research and existing best practice into excellent patient care. Our full five-year plan can be found here (‘Delivering better health for all through high impact innovation’), which sets out our mission to deliver sustainable health improvements to our patients, communities, staff and students.

There are four themes to the plan which underpin everything we do, which are:

  1. delivering high impact innovations in novel technologies, therapeutics and diagnostics, to drive improvements in patient outcomes. This will be facilitated by our emerging life sciences cluster, connecting businesses, universities and healthcare to accelerate translation from research to patient benefit
  2. transforming quality improvement and outcomes across the system, using the evaluative capability of the South London Applied Research Collaboration and Health Innovation Network
  3. improving urban population health in South East London (SEL) by supporting prevention and wellbeing promotion, including through the ‘Vital 5’ - five key issues that impact most widely on health - smoking tobacco, high blood pressure, obesity, drinking too much alcohol and common mental health conditions; and
  4. training and developing the healthcare workforce of the future, recognising the need for new roles, improved skills and values and, supporting diversity, all facilitated by our Education Academy’s uniquely broad portfolio of health education.


Summer Project

Work will be related to the joint programme between KHP and the NHS South East London (SEL)  Integrated Care System to reduce health inequalities within SEL. SEL has long had areas of deep-rooted deprivation and inequalities and COVID-19 has disproportionately affected certain populations groups including the elderly, ethnic minority groups, those with underlying health conditions and those on lower incomes, thereby widening health inequalities even further.

Broadly, the programme will involve putting in place the necessary structures and mechanisms to ensure long-term improvements in health outcomes and to make population health an integral part of how the health and care sector operates within SEL. The programme will involve collaboration with the SEL health and care sector organisations, local authorities, primary care networks, third sector organisations and the SEL community itself, allowing a full and broad conversation between all key stakeholders.

Whilst specific focus areas cannot yet be confirmed, we anticipate that a significant proportion of time would be spent on a project relating to the ‘Vital 5’ (see above), which have strong evidence of having a significant impact on health and health inequalities.  We are currently developing an implementation plan for this project, so work in this area will be well underway by the summer of 2021. In addition, it is likely that the intern would get involved with other aspects of the programme too, based on the needs and priority areas at the time but also based on the individual’s interest.


Specific responsibilities cannot be confirmed until nearer the time, but work is likely to include elements of research, data analysis, project management and stakeholder engagement and implementation of interventions to improve health and equality.


  • Experience with health policy desirable.
  • Interest in urban policy or knowledge of UK healthcare system would be highly relevant.
  • Overall we are looking for enthusiastic and hardworking interns who are keen to learn and contribute to our efforts to reduce health inequalities in SEL!

Experience and skills in analytical methods (i.e. economics, statistics, social research, health related disciplines and operational research techniques) and ability to provide timely analysis and intelligence.

Work Environment

Dependent on COVID-19 situation and national guidance at the time – likely to be a mix of remote working and office-based work at the KHP offices at Guy’s Hospital in London and out in services in SEL.

KHP is currently working remotely but there are frequent team meetings and catch-ups to ensure that all staff stay connected.


On a scale of 0 to 5, the level of internship supervision from very little (0) to a great deal (5) will be a 2-3 level. Applicants should anticipate daily interaction, even if it’s just a brief daily check-ins.

Special Instructions

In your personal statement, please explain why you are interested in urban health and equality improvement and learning from the UK. What experience and skills and personal would you offer to support our transformational aspirations?