King's Fund will launch charity network to develop collaborative working

The GSK Impact Award Network will comprise applicants and winners from the annual awards run by the healthcare policy and research charity

The King’s Fund
The King’s Fund

The healthcare policy and research charity the King’s Fund is to launch a new network of charities to improve leadership skills and develop collaborative working.

The GSK Impact Award Network, which will be run in conjunction with the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, will be made up of applicants and award winners from the annual GSK Impact Awards, which are run by the King’s Fund and are given out annually to health charities with incomes of less than £2m a year in recognition of their contribution to UK healthcare. 

A spokeswoman for the King’s Fund said that by sharing experiences with each other, members would be able to develop relationships and work together to raise the profile of charities that work, for example, with local authorities and clinical commissioning groups.

One critical aspect of the group’s work would be collaborative working to "provide insights and experience on how to tackle some of the most entrenched, complex and costly health issues in the UK", the spokeswoman said.

The network has been in development for the past 18 months and, although not yet officially launched, is made up of 83 individual members, including 51 charities that have won GSK impact awards.

Members consist of healthcare charities that have worked in such areas as childhood obesity, domestic abuse, gang violence, trauma relating to childhood abuse, social isolation of older people and healthy living.

The GSK Impact Awards, which will open for applications for 2015 next month and are funded by the pharmaceutical company, last year gave out funds totalling £340,000 to 20 charities.

- This story was clarified on 20 June 2014 to make it clear that GSK is running the network with the King's Fund.

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