The King's Fund


The King’s Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and care in England.

Our vision is that the best possible health and care is available to all

Our mission describes how we will achieve this:

  • through our research and policy analysis
  • through the work we do with individuals, organisations and communities building their capability, supporting them to adopt best practice and share learning
  • by bringing people together through events and networks to discuss and learn from evidence from the United Kingdom and across the world
  • by promoting greater understanding of health and care policy and practice – helping people to make sense of a complex and rapidly changing environment.

Our values underpin the work we do:

  • we are committed to maintaining our independence
  • we are collaborative and supportive
  • we are positive and engaged
  • we strive for excellence
  • we act with integrity.

We were founded in 1897 by the Prince of Wales – later King Edward VII – to help London’s voluntary hospitals. Since then our work has evolved in response to the creation of the NHS and to changes in health policy and practice. The funding built up in our early years helps us to maintain our much-valued independence.

Recently added resources


20 Mar 2019

Staffing is the make-or-break issue for the NHS in England. This report sets out a series of policy actions that should be at the heart of the workforce implementation plan.


27 Nov 2018


Substantial improvements in life expectancy over the past 100 years mean that people are living longer, healthier lives than ever before.

However, England lags behind other countries on many key health outcomes, improvements in life expectancy have stalled and health inequalities...

Blog post

26 Jul 2018

It is fitting the new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, is the only MP to have his own app. The NHS is getting its own too. Hancock inherited Jeremy Hunt’s commitment that the national NHS app will be available...


Four big technological trends
27 Jun 2018

To mark the BBC's coverage of the NHS's 70th birthday in July 2018, researchers from the Health Foundation, the Institute for Fiscal Studies, The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust have joined forces for the first time, using combined expertise to shed light on some...


19 Jun 2018

New technology is promising to transform a health and social care sector that is increasingly struggling with the need to do more with less funding. Many providers and commissioners are looking for opportunities to use technology to improve services and better cope with the long-term...

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