Who we are

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Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is one of the top five children’s hospitals in the world and one of the most technologically advanced.

GOSH is an international centre of excellence in child healthcare.

Since its formation in 1852, the hospital has been dedicated to children’s healthcare and to finding new and better ways to treat childhood illnesses.

Together with our research partner, the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, we host the UK’s only paediatric National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).

What we do

Experts at Great Ormond Street Hospital see around 76,000 children each year in around 250,000 admissions and appointments.

Every day, around 750 seriously ill children and young people are seen at GOSH from all over the UK for life-changing treatment and care. Most patients have multiple appointments or admissions throughout the year, making GOSH a very busy children’s hospital

GOSH provides more than 67 specialised services, the widest range at any one site in the UK. Specialised services support children with a range of rare and complex conditions, including patients with:

  • rare cancers
  • genetic disorders
  • complex medical or surgical conditions

Every day, 333 operations are performed at GOSH and over 100 seriously ill children and young people are admitted to GOSH as inpatients for life-changing treatment and care. Every day, at least one child at GOSH has a life-changing operation.

Leading research and innovation

At GOSH we connect multi–disciplinary teams of healthcare professionals and scientists to improve the lives of children with rare or complex diseases.

Through carrying out research with local, national and international partners, especially our primary research partner, the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (UCL GOS ICH), GOSH has developed a number of new clinical treatments and techniques that are used across the NHS and around the world.

We host the The UK’s only National Institute for Health and Care Research funded Biomedical Research Centre (NIHR GOSH BRC) that solely focuses on child health - a collaboration between GOSH and UCL GOS ICH, and we are also home to the NIHR GOSH Clinical Research Facility, which provides specialist day care accommodation for children and young people taking part in clinical research studies.

The GOSH Data Research, Innovation and Virtual Environments unit (GOSH DRIVE) was highlighted as a best example of how a hospital’s data infrastructure has the potential to improve healthcare, in a 2019 UK Government–commissioned independent report (Topol Review).

We are a member of University College London (UCL) Partners, joining UCL with a number of other hospitals – an alliance for world-class research benefitting patients.

In partnership with six other NHS trusts, we are the lead provider for North Thames Genomics Medicine Centre.

Research and innovation at GOSH

- At least 270 participants were recruited across 64 cancer-related studies

- At least 2,155 participants took part in research studies that could change the way rare and complex childhood diseases are diagnosed and treated

- Around 100 research nurses employed across GOSH NHS Trust

- At least 200 clinical trials open helping children access new diagnoses, treatments and cures

- At least 200 clinical trials open helping children access new diagnoses, treatments and cures

- At least 338 principal investigators (lead researchers) contributed to ground-breaking projects that could lead to new ways to diagnose, monitor, treat and cure childhood diseases

Education and training for staff working in children's healthcare

Staff education and training influences every stage of the patient journey. Together with our partners we play a leading role in training paediatric nurses, doctors and other health professionals.

Through the GOSH Learning Academy, we deliver a range of training and education opportunities to equip staff and students with the up-to-date knowledge, skills, and capabilities to provide our patients with exceptional care.

Education programmes available through the GOSH Learning Academy include:

  • Postgraduate Medical Education
  • Nurse education
  • Clinical simulation
  • Apprenticeships
  • Resuscitation services
  • International education opportunities

Find out more about our Education and training offering.

Learning and training at GOSH

- The GOSH Learning Academy (GLA) offered over 17,000 additional learning opportunities in 2022 to 2023.

- The GOSH Learning Academy is currently supporting more than 220 apprentices across 35 courses in all areas of the hospital, from nursing and healthcare support to admin and operations.

Our mission and values

Our mission is to put the ‘child first and always’. This describes why we exist and has been the same since our inception in 1852.

To help us shape our future we asked patients, families, staff and partners what they think of GOSH: what we do well, what we could improve and what we should do more of

Our 2020-2025 strategy is the result of this advice and will help us concentrate on things which make the most difference to our children and young people, families and staff.

To turn our vision into a reality we have set ourselves six ambitious programmes of work to deliver better, safer and kinder care and save and improve more lives:

  • We want GOSH to be an incredible place to work, so we’ll invest more in the wellbeing, education and development of our fantastic staff.
  • By putting the patient at the centre of our thinking, we will deliver a Future Hospital programme which will transform outdated pathways and processes.
  • We’ll improve and speed up access to urgent care and stay one step ahead by developing virtual technology so care can be accessed both in and out of the hospital.
  • We’ll develop the GOSH Learning Academy to help staff learn and thrive as they care for our patients.
  • When conducting research into rare and complex conditions, we’ll involve everyone to help speed up the development of new treatments and cures.
  • And to help care for children with rare and hard to treat cancers, we’ll build a new Children’s Cancer Centre, a space with state-of-the-art facilities.

Find out more about our 2020-2025 Above and Beyond strategy.

Our 'Always Values' are:

  • ‘always welcoming’,
  • ‘always helpful’,
  • ‘always expert’
  • and ‘always one team’

These are the guiding principles for everything we do and will assist us in delivering our ambition. They define what our patients, their families and our partners expect of us and what we should expect of each other. They were developed in collaboration with the families we care for.