NIG clinicians run a specialist Movement Disorders and Memory clinics at King’s College Hospital. Our clinical service has responsibility for delivering specialist services to 6 million people in South London and surrounding areas. We are also closely collaborating with specialist clinics at Imperial Healthcare and UCL NHS Foundation Trusts. We are performing screening and clinical assessments for our academic and commercial studies in the NIHR-Wellcome Trust King’s Clinical Research Facility, which is a dedicated research environment for clinical research.
King’s Health Partners:
King’s College London, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT), King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (KCH) and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) are part of the King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre, a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world’s leading research-led universities and three of London’s most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services. Accredited by the Department of Health in 2009, King’s Health Partners (KHP) is one of five academic health science centres in the UK. The four sovereign partner organisations within KHP are committed to working cooperatively to create an internationally recognised centre of excellence which draws upon academic expertise in medical science, basic science, social science, law and humanities and brings together world leading research, education and clinical training and practice within an integrated environment. KHP hosts two National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded Biomedical Research Centres (BRCs) and a NIHR funded Biomedical Research Unit in Dementia through local KCL-GSTT and KCL-SLaM partnerships respectively. These NIHR centres and unit are specifically focused on enhancing the NHS clinical research environment, in order to accelerate the pace of translation of basic discovery science into experimental medicine and early phase clinical research and thus speed up the delivery of new treatments and diagnostics for patient benefit. KHP receives approximately 1,500 new cases with memory problems per year that are assessed and treated through an integrated Memory Service.
Kings College Hospital
KCH objective is to facilitate research and teaching guided by clinical questions and is aimed at novelty, understanding of physiology and pathophysiology as well as development of new diagnostic tools and therapies. In this way, basic science can be rapidly translated into clinical applications (and vice versa). KCH has strong links with large imaging equipment manufacturers and the pharmaceutical industry, as well as small and medium-sized businesses and university start-ups that are developing devices and computational methods. Links with our partner NHS trusts (Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley) are of increasing importance to foster translational research and so improve patient care, and these have been greatly strengthened with the creation of King’s Health Partners, our Academic Health Sciences Centre.
National Parkinson Foundation Centre of Excellence
Our specialist Movement Disorders clinical service is part of the National Parkinson Foundation Centre of Excellence, which runs 10 specialist Movement Disorder clinics per week. King’s Health Partners has received the status of National Parkinson Foundation Centre of Excellence for the treatment and research in Parkinson’s disease. Our centre is the hub of the European Network for Parkinson’s research, and is also an accredited European Federation of Neurological Societies and Parkinson’s disease Non-Motor group centre for teaching and research. Our centre is also one of the few centres in the UK able to provide invasive therapies for advanced Parkinson’s disease such as intestinal levodopa/carbidopa gel infusions, apomorphine and deep brain stimulation. There is a full specialist care for Parkinson’s disease, including access to state-of-the-art clinical trials. There is also a regional service for patients with dystonia, restless leg syndrome and Huntington’s disease.
NIHR/Wellcome Trust King’s Clinical Research Facility
We perform screening and clinical assessments for our academic and commercial studies in the NIHR/Wellcome Trust King’s Clinical Research Facility, which is a dedicated research environment for clinical research. The NIHR/Wellcome Trust KCL Clinical Research Facility opened in November 2012 and is supported by King’s Health Partners Academic health Sciences Centre. The facility has two main research areas within King’s College Hospital’s Cheyne Wing, with modern facilities spanning three floors, along with a further stand-alone unit. Each area has been designed and built to compliment the other in terms of ability to offer a unique and neutral space, and to accommodate all types of research in a dedicated state-of-the-art clinical research environment.