Vision and values


The Essentia Way is:

  • Working together
  • Looking after each other
  • Doing it well

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

King’s is committed to being inclusive, embracing diversity and ensuring equality of opportunity. We will be known for our progressive, innovative thinking and ways of working. We will be relentless in our efforts and dedication to being an inclusive organisation where everyone feels welcome.

During 2020, we have made demonstrable progress in our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion through the creation of a new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Director role reporting directly to the Chief Executive, alongside investment in resources to support the delivery of a sustainable change programme.

We are committed to building on our foundations of dignity and respect, demonstrating through our actions that we value the richness that diversity brings. We will create a safe and inclusive environment, where all staff are valued, and their backgrounds, sexuality and beliefs are respected. We will encourage staff to have the confidence to be their authentic selves, feel engaged, and see their contribution to building Team King’s. There will be a culture of psychological safety, where every staff member feels supported to speak up about concerns, or any experiences of bullying, discrimination, or harassment.

We will engage and respond skilfully and appropriately to the needs of our diverse communities and networks. We will seek feedback, learn and develop King’s to be the very best for our people, patients and partners. And, we will continue our commitment to achieving accreditation as a London Living Wage employer.

Over the next five years, we will become an exemplar in our wider integrated care system, ensuring that equality, diversity and inclusion is everyone’s responsibility and is core to our ways of working.

Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Our vision and values aim to say who we are, what we do and how we want to be.

Our vision

Our vision is to advance health and wellbeing, as a local, national and international leader in clinical care, education and research. We aim to deliver world leading, personal and responsive healthcare, giving the fullest and best lives to our patients and their families.

Our values

Our values are at the heart of everything we do. They have been developed closely with our staff. Our values are to:

  • put patients first
  • take pride in what we do
  • respect others
  • strive to be the best
  • act with integrity


Our strategy is based on our vision and our values as a trust. There are three overall priorities. These are the things we care about most and are central to achieving our vision.

We aim to transform our relationship with our patients by:

  • involving and listening to patients, families and carers when we make decisions
  • finding new and better ways of involving people in their own health and care
  • making the most of digital technology to improve how patients access care and receive information

We aim to support our staff and secure our finances for the future by:

  • growing, developing and caring for our diverse workforce
  • providing consistently excellent care by improving the way we work every day
  • managing and getting the best value from our finances and estate, so we can continue to invest in our staff and services

We aim to build new partnerships and strengthen existing relationships by:

  • working with local partners to join up care in our communities
  • creating world-class clinical academic services by bringing together care, research and education
  • developing new treatments, therapies and technologies by collaborating with commercial and academic partners

Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust

Our vision sets out what we are all working towards and is a short and concise statement of our aspirations.
Our values are at the heart of everything we do and set out how we should all behave towards colleagues, partner staff, patients and visitors to make the Trust a caring and great place to work.

Our vision

To work together to provide high-quality care for every patient, every day.

Our priorities
These are closely linked to the vision and outline what we all need to focus on to ensure we provide high quality care for every patient, every day.

Quality Continually improve safety and quality
Patients Put patients at the heart of everything we do
People Support and develop our workforce to live our values every day
Partnership Work effectively with partner organisations
Money Ensure we spend every penny wisely.