Mission and values

Who we are

Great Ormond Street Hospital is an international centre of excellence in child healthcare.

Together with our research partner, the UCL Institute of Child Health (ICH), we form the UK's only academic biomedical research centre specialising in paediatrics.

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.

What we do

Each year, there are over 200,000 patient visits to the hospital.

Most of the children we care for are referred from other hospitals throughout the UK and overseas. Great Ormond Street Hospital is the UK's leading centre for treating sick children, with the widest range of clinical specialists (more than 50 different clinical specialties) under one roof.

Finding new and better treatments and cures for childhood illnesses has always been central to our work. Take a look at our research review to find out more.

We are at the forefront of paediatric training in the UK. We train more children's nurses than any other hospital. We also play a leading role in training paediatric doctors.

Mission and values

Our mission is to provide world-class clinical care and training, pioneering new research and treatments in partnership with others for the benefit of children in the UK and worldwide.

In everything we do, we work hard to live up to our three core values:

  • pioneering
  • world-class
  • collaborative working

Our commitment to you 

We are dedicated to:

  • Maintaining high standards of care at all times and in all circumstances.
  • Acting professionally towards your child and your family in all respects.
  • Providing quality of care for all children.
  • Respecting cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Keeping personal information about your child and your family confidential.
  • Endeavouring to ensure that you understand your child's care and treatment.
  • Making time to answer your questions about your child's condition and treatment.
  • Listening to and valuing your opinion while taking seriously any complaints you may have.
  • Maintaining a clean and tidy environment in keeping with your child's needs.
  • Retaining a compassionate awareness of the stresses on families whose children are unwell.