Who we are and what we do

The Health Foundation is an independent charity working to improve the quality of health care in the UK.

We are here to support people working in health care practice and policy to make lasting improvements to health services.

We carry out research and in-depth policy analysis, run improvement programmes to put ideas into practice in the NHS, support and develop leaders and share evidence to encourage wider change.

Each year we give grants in the region of £18m to fund health care research, fellowships and improvement projects across the UK – all with the aim of improving health care quality.

We are part owner, with the BMJ Group, of the BMJ Quality and Safety journal.

How we are funded

We are mainly funded by our endowment which is currently about £900m. Our endowment comes from a one-off charitable donation of £560m from the sale of the PPP Healthcare group in 1998 – one of the largest charitable donations in UK history. We have no ongoing relationship with PPP. We are accountable only to our independent board of charitable trustees and are proud of our independence.

Our endowment is invested in a range of ways with the goal of generating long-term income and growth to enable us to fulfil our charitable purpose on an ongoing basis. Our approach to investment can be read in our investment policy, which is updated on a regular basis.

The size of our endowment means that we do not need to fundraise to generate income. We also receive a small quantity of our income through our co-ownership of the BMJ Quality & Safety journal and grants from other organisations.