Cancer at King’s Health Partners has been awarded Comprehensive Cancer Centre status by the Organisation of European Cancer Institutes (OECI). The accreditation was granted  in recognition of excellence in patient care, research and training.

The OECI brings together cancer care and research organisations in Europe to support the sharing of knowledge and information and the delivery of new and better cancer treatments. It also aims to improve the quality of life for patients.

King’s Health Partners becomes only the third organisation in the country to be given the globally-respected title, which is measured against a range of quality and performance standards.

Professor Sir Robert Lechler, executive director of King’s Health Partners, said: “This is a major achievement for King’s Health Partners, and deserved recognition for the hard work of colleagues and teams across our partnership. We are committed to consistently delivering world class care and research to improve outcomes for patients and this accreditation is a significant step on that journey.”

King’s Health Partners is an Academic Health Sciences Centre which brings together King’s College London and Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts.

Its work is supported by the BRC at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College London, which has a strong focus on cancer as one of its major research themes.

Collectively, King’s Health Partners is the largest provider of cancer services in London and one of the largest in England. Between the partners the full spectrum of clinical cancer care, pioneering research and quality training is provided.