The King’s Health Partners academic health science centre has outlined how nursing and midwifery will be “at the heart” of its work.

The collaboration between King’s College London and Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital, and South London and Maudsley foundation trusts is one of five accredited centres in England.

Manchester and King’s are the only academic health science centres to include nursing schools.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ chief nurse and chief operating officer Eileen Sills said the King’s joint effort meant it would lead nursing practice and policy in the future.

The partnership employs around 8,000 nurses and midwives, which it estimates is 7-8 per cent of the total in England.

Ms Sills said: “We will be more influential in the way nursing and midwifery develops across the country.”

Giving nurses and midwifes a leading part in the collaboration would help make sure it delivered improvements in care, she added.