Strategy and Organisation Design: Academic Health Science Centre
To bring together four independent organisations - Kings College London, Kings College Hospital, Guy's and St Thomas' and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts - to create an Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) that integrates world-leading research, teaching and clinical service to deliver real improvements in care for both local people and patients from further afield. To support the partnership through the process to become one of a small number of designated Academic Health Science Centres in the UK.
Tracey led a structured process to develop the clinical and academic strategy and design a new organisational structure for the AHSC, engaging the clinical, academic and managerial leaders from across the four founding partners. Key activities included:
- Analysis of the health needs and priorities of the local population;
- Review of the external market for health research;
- Assessment of the relative strengths and weaknesses of the combined portfolios of the clinical and academic partners and identification of the potential opportunities for growth;
- Review of the emerging competitive landscape and assessment of those clinical-academic areas where the AHSC is best placed to compete internationally;
- Identification and evaluation of recommended strategic themes and supporting rationale to support the formal launch of the AHSC;
- Development of a short-list of potential organisation design options to deliver the newly created AHSC, including proposed Clinical Academic Groupings (CAGs);
- Development of the documentation and presentations to support the accreditation process.
This work supported the creation of King’s Health Partners (KHP), one of only six Academic Health Science Centres (AHSCs) in England. The partnership was first accredited as an AHSC in March 2009 by the Department of Health, initially for five years. It was successful in the re-accreditation process to extend this designation through until 2019.
The Clinical Academic Groups (CAG) structure was adopted by KHP and is bringing people together who are experts in their field to offer patients the very best care and treatment, based upon reliable research evidence that it works. The CAGs are the heart of the AHSC and the place where those working in the four partners come together to develop their clinical and academic strategies and future plans.