The King's Fund is an independent think tank in England, which is involved with work relating to the health system in England. It organises conferences[1] and other events.[2]

The King's Fund
The King's Fund logo.jpg
PurposePublic health thinktank
Region served
Chief Executive
Richard Murray
WebsiteThe King's Fund
Model of a hospital promoting the King Edward's Hospital Fund, 1932. Wellcome Trust, London.
The King's Fund staff at the School of Advanced Study History Day, November 2019.

Since 1997, they have jointly funded a yearly award system with GlaxoSmithKline. They reward small to medium-sized health charities who are improving people's health.[3]

The Chief Executive is Richard Murray.[4] Before 1948 the body contributed significantly to London's voluntary hospitals.


Founded as the Prince of Wales's Hospital Fund for London in 1897,[5] the fund changed its name in 1902 to King Edward's Hospital Fund after the accession to the throne of King Edward VII.[6] In 1907, Parliament incorporated the fund as the King's Fund.

George Stephen, 1st Baron Mount Stephen worked closely with the future George V in building the charity's endowment fund. Lord Mount Stephen was the charity's most important benefactor, having made gifts to the amount of £1,315,000.[7]

The fund was originally set up to contribute to London's voluntary hospitals and did so, which it later started to inspect and expand. After the NHS was created in 1948, the fund became a think tank.[6]

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  1. ^ "The King's Fund Leadership Conference". Department of Health, UK. 18 May 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
  2. ^ "NHS Future Forum". The King's Fund, UK. 13 June 2011. Archived from the original on 10 July 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
  3. ^ "2014 GSK IMPACT Awards in partnership with The King's Fund" (PDF). The King's Fund, UK. 2014. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Richard Murray (1992-2010) - University of Birmingham". Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  5. ^ "The Prince of Wales's Hospital Fund For London", The Times, 6 February 1897, p. 10
  6. ^ a b "About us: Our history". The King's Fund, UK. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  7. ^ Lord Mount Stephen's entry in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography

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