Multimillion pound grant for NHS

By Marco Cillario - Fri 6 January 2017, 2:51 pm

An NHS foundation trust in Southwark is among the institutions set to benefit from a grant of more than 130 million to support research in mental and physical health.

The Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) at Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust will receive the grant from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to continue its study into new treatments for patients over the next five years.

The BRC at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust in Beckenham and King’s College London are the other two institutions receiving funds.

On announcing the grant, health secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “The UK has so often led the world in health research – from the invention of the smallpox vaccine to the discovery of penicillin and the development of DNA sequencing.

“Today, we are making sure the UK stays ahead of the game by laying the foundations for a new age of personalised medicine.”

The fund will allow the centres to build on the results recently achieved, such as a clinical trial to help in the fight against cancer, and research identifying for the first time that people with severe mental illness die 15 years prematurely compared to the general population.

Amanda Pritchard, chief executive of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This award supports our vision to embed research at the heart of the trust so that it becomes ‘business as usual’ and helps us to improve care for patients now and in the future.”

A £160 million cancer centre opened at Guy’s Hospital at the end of September 2016.