The aim of the Innovation Grants is to support innovations that have the potential to benefit south Londoners’ health and wellbeing. The funding also aims to encourage cross-boundary working in areas of research, education and improvement in healthcare services. At the HIN, we encourage our teams and our partners to be brave with their ideas and support them to try something new. In 2018, the HIN’s Innovation Grants, in partnership with Health Education England (HEE), received 120 applications for funding from across 45 different organisations.


Twelve fantastic projects were given the support they needed to kick start something new. The winners included the LGBTQ+ Dare Sessions, a 12-week practical, creative and educational course that encourages individuals to participate in dares as a way of approaching wellbeing, encouraging confidence. It gets students to step out of their comfort zones in a safe space amongst their peers whilst also providing support for those within the LGBTQ+ community, for whom resources are often limited.

Another winner was the first Sexual Health and Well-being service for Trans communities in south London based at King’s College Hospital in Camberwell. The funding enabled the clinic to open in 2018 and since then the clinic has seen over 50 people for a range of issues including sexual health testing; contraception; hormone level monitoring; hormone injections; advice and counselling. The feedback from patients so far has been really positive.

Case Study

Kim Nurse, a Darzi Fellow at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, was granted funding for an innovative collaboration project with the University of Creative Arts to create short films. The films explained the transfer home process for patients who have had prolonged hospital stays and are now show across the trust to patients, their relatives and staff.