King’s Health Partners member institutions have long history of collaboration in the conduct of clinical trials. NHS and academic clinicians have recruited NHS patients and volunteers into a variety of local and international trials on behalf of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and have conducted or contributed to investigator-led and academic trials. Together, the member institutions present a strong interface between academic and NHS researchers, world class clinical and research facilities and a large patient base across the one mental health two acute and NHS foundation trusts.
The King’s Health Partners Clinical Trials Office was set up as a joint initiative between King’s College London, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust to formalise the pre-existing collaborations between the partners, to develop their clinical trials potential and to increase the quality and delivery of clinical trials. This initiative builds on their common commitment to strategic investment in translational research activities and aligns the partners with the Department of Health’s Initiatives that seek to increase the involvement of NHS staff and patients in health research and to increase industry investment in clinical research in the UK.
The King’s Health Partners CTO has two sections: the Commercial Team which provides a single interface for those wishing to conduct trials sponsored by the pharmaceutical and allied healthcare industries and the Quality Team that supports investigators at King’s Health Partners institutions who undertake clinical trials where King’s Health Partners are sponsor or co-sponsor to ensure delivery of the statutory obligations contingent on sponsorship of trials.