Global Health Policy Team
Left to right: Amally Ding (Editor), Kate Erin (Researcher), Charlotte Beames (Liaison Officer) & Sweta Raghavan (President)

Key Responsibilities

  • Leading the team in deciding core focus, building internal capacity and hosting quality events
  • Empowering students with the tools necessary to become proactive in decision making
  • Lobbying and advocating our policy recommendations to decision-makers

  • Key Achievements

  • Secured KCLSU Activities & Development Fund, Student Opportunity Fund and Graduate School Fund to finance our activities
  • Authored two white papers on strengthening U.K’s healthcare innovation, and improving mental health and wellbeing support for youngsters
  • Lead the team to successfully publish the first-ever collection of research and policy ideas in global health
  • Organised first-ever tour to lobby and discuss our policy recommendations with Dr. Shekhar Saxena, Director of Mental Health & Substance Abuse, World Health Organisation

  • At the JW Lee Centre for Strategic Health Operations during the lobby trip to the World Health Organisation's headquarters in Geneva


    Research Themes

    Health is a function of welfare. In an increasingly shrinking world, the health and well-being of people everywhere is essential for social development, economic growth and global security. However, diseases and poverty respect no boundaries. It, therefore, calls for greater global coordination and cross-border cooperation to tackle the growing healthcare concerns, now more than ever. During my term as President of Global Health Policy Center, my team focused on three major concerns of the day.

    Seminars & Events

    Policy Roundtable: Why is innovation in healthcare so challenging?

    Leaving the EU has widespread implications on the UK’s healthcare system. It limits the exchange of knowledge, research and technology with our neighbouring countries. At present, it is extremely hard for U.K. based innovators and researchers, especially SMEs to scale and market their innovations. The roundtable discussed potential solutions to improve health innovation and how the government, NHS and universities can play a greater role in training and supporting entrepreneurs.


    Policy Roundtable: Let's Talk: Young People's Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing

    Mental illness is one of the leading causes of health concerns across the globe, nearly 70% of children and young people do not receive timely and adequate medical intervention. The roundtable focused on understanding the reasons that prevented affected individuals from seeking medical help.


    Seminar: Future of Bioscience? Post-Brexit Reality

    Panellists Professor Sir Robert Lechler, Vice President and Executive Director of King's Health Partners and Dr Virginia Acha, Executive Director Research, Medical and Innovation at the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, discussed the bioscience industry and how they perceive the reality of Brexit to impact on their work and future opportunities within this field. This will then be followed by a question and answer session with the audience.


    Policy Competition: 7 ways to keep the 7-day NHS

    The gradual decline of the NHS' performance has made the dream of a 7-Day NHS less tangible. The Global Health Policy Centre invited ideas from health students to reform the NHS. The 7 best entrants were invited to a policy writing workshop and offered support in publishing their pieces. The best entry of the competition was offered a free trip to the WHO headquarters in Geneva.


    The Year In Pictures