Home Secretary visits King’s College Hospital

The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP discussed youth violence with staff in the Emergency Department

Sajid Javid, Tricia Fitzgerald, Emer Sutherland and John Poyton

The Home Secretary, Sajid Javid MP, has paid a visit to staff in the Emergency Department (ED) at King’s College Hospital in south London to discuss the issue of youth violence.

The Secretary of State met with Dr Emer Sutherland, Clinical Director for Emergency Medicine, Tricia Fitzgerald, Director of Nursing, and John Poyton, Chief Executive of the youth work charity Redthread. The trio established a partnership in 2005 to tackle youth violence, which has resulted in a team of youth workers being permanently based in the ED.

During the hour-long visit, the group discussed the treatment and care young people with knife injuries receive from the medical team when they arrive at hospital, as well as the psycho-social support offered by the Redthread youth workers.

They described how the doctors, nurses and other members of hospital staff treat the physical injuries while the youth workers support young patients by establishing their immediate needs, as well as helping them longer-term to make healthy choices and positive plans to disrupt the cycle of violence.

Following the visit, Dr Emer Sutherland, Clinical Director for Emergency Medicine at King’s College Hospital said, “We are delighted that the Home Secretary came to King’s to find out about the work being to address youth violence in the community. We are very proud of the partnership we have with Redthread. Together we care for injured young people physically and emotionally to help break the cycle of violence.”

John Poyton, Chief Executive of Redthread added, “We were delighted to host the Home Secretary at King’s College Hospital. We set up the first UK hospital-based violence intervention programme in partnership with King’s 14 years ago and today we have expanded to seven hospitals across London and the Midlands.

“We are grateful to the Home Office for their support as a funder of our work. Our intervention of supporting young people in the Emergency Department, on the wards and back out in the community is one of the many important parts of a public health approach to tackling violence.”

Home Secretary Sajid Javid said, “It was a privilege to come to King’s College Hospital and meet the frontline workers from Redthread, and the hospital staff, who deal with the consequences of knife crime all year round.

“I’ve been moved by their tireless efforts and vital work - intervening at critical moments with young victims to help break the cycle of violence.

“Knife crime has a devastating impact on victims, families and our communities and I am determined to do all we can to tackle it.”

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Notes to editors

1. King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK’s largest and busiest teaching hospitals, training over 900 dentists, 750 doctors and 300 nurses every year. The Trust is recognized internationally for its work in liver disease and transplantation, neurosciences, cardiac, haemato-oncology, stroke and major trauma. On 1 October 2013, King’s took over the running of the Princess Royal University Hospital in Bromley and Orpington Hospital, as well as some services at Beckenham Beacon and Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup. The new enlarged organisation has over 10,500 staff and provides over 1 million patient contacts a year. 9,000 babies are delivered by our hospitals each year, and over 750 patients come to our Emergency Departments every day. For more information, please visit the website. You can also support the work of King’s College Hospital at www.togetherwecan.org.uk

2. King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering collaboration between King’s College London, and Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts.

King’s Health Partners is one of only six Department of Health-designated AHSCs in England and brings together an unrivalled range and depth of clinical and research expertise, spanning both physical and mental health. Our combined strengths will drive improvements in care for patients, allowing them to benefit from breakthroughs in medical science and receive leading edge treatment at the earliest possible opportunity.

Our partnership brings together...

  • three of the UK’s leading NHS Foundation Trusts;
  • one of the top 30 universities in the world;
  • services provided over 225 locations, including seven hospitals and community and mental health centres;
  • 2.2 million patient contacts each year;
  • 31,000 staff;
  • 25,000 students;
  • a combined annual turnover of £2.8bn.

... to advance health and wellbeing by integrating world-class research, care and teaching.

3. At King’s College Hospital we fundraise for the best in treatment, research and health education, leading-edge equipment and improving well-being in our communities. By uniting doctors, nurses, researchers and academics with our supporters and volunteers we can provide the best patient care that goes above and beyond. Find out more and support us at togetherwecan.org.uk

4. 3. Redthread seeks to enable young people to lead healthy, safe and happy lives. One facet of this is the Youth Violence Intervention Programme, which runs in hospital Emergency Departments in partnership with the major trauma network. The innovative service aims to reduce serious youth violence, and has revolutionised the support available to young victims of violence. Further information at http://www.redthread.org.uk/