We run an initiative called Research Roadshows where our research scientists come out into the community to engage with our local population in south east London.
This can come in many forms, from a pop-up stand at Brixton market or your local library to a photography display created by members of our Stroke Research and Family group. Our researchers are keen to engage with our diverse community and happy to respond to invitations to talk about their work.
For more information and photos of our previous events please see our Facebook page.
Some examples of recent Research Roadshows in the community:
- Mental Health at the Young Mums Support Network lunch meetings in Catford and Brixton
- Promoting women in Science – The Baystree Women’s Community Centre, Lambeth
- Air pollution exposure and avoidance at the Salmon Youth Centre, Bermondsey
- Health information sharing for research – Mosaic Clubhouse, Brook Sexual Health Clinic and Patient Participation Groups
- Stroke epidemiology and What is Parkinsons? – The University of the Third age, Eltham
- Imaging during pregnancy – Lambeth Health and Wellbeing Fair, Brixton
- How safe are your medicines? – St Thomas Hospital, Westminster
We also work together with local GP practices, Public Health services and the Clinical Commissioning groups to make sure that the community has a voice when it comes to making decisions about healthcare and research.
We provide opportunities to visit King’s College London’s teaching labs to discover what life is like as a research scientist.Researchers from our BRC will prepare experiments around their area of interest and explain how they work with demonstrations.
Recent visits have seen students staining tissues to look for cancer cells under the microscope known as immunohistochemistry and examining the presence of different proteins by visualising using a technique called gel electrophoresis.
The Hands Up For Health project is an innovative outreach programme that introduces young people to careers in healthcare.
St Thomas’ Simulation and Interactive Learning (SaiL) centre opened in 2010 to train NHS staff and students. The centre features a mock, six-bed hospital ward, a consultation room and an operating theatre, which can also be used as an emergency room or intensive care unit.
Primary school students from Southwark, Lambeth or Lewisham are able to visit the centre for an insight into lots of different careers in healthcare.
HufH Primary aims to increase health knowledge, strengthen life skills for positive youth health behaviour, raise awareness of how science and research affect our everyday life and introduce students to different careers in the medicine, science and research.
Working with schools
We regularly run events which give school students the chance to take part in activities based on science and health research.
These activities are hosted at locations by professionals across King’s Health Partners.
By working across the university and hospitals we are able to showcase the interaction between science and medicine while providing fun and interesting activities that relate to real life.
Clinical Research Facility open days
The Clinical Research Facilities at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals are where patients come that are taking part in a clinical trial. Our Open Days offer students a range of activities and interactive demonstrations around clinical care and special biomedical testing used in healthcare research to help develop and try out new therapies.
Researcher school visits
Scientific researchers from the Biomedical Research Centre are keen to inspire and encourage the next generation of healthcare scientists. Some of our researchers are trained to give interactive talks and demonstrations at your school.
We also run a week long Summer School programme every year. This year’s event will run in August. For more information and photos of last year’s school click here.