SLaM and the Child and Adolescent Clinical Academic Group
South London and Maudsley NHS Trust has the most comprehensive child and adolescent mental health service in the country. The Child and Adolescent Mental Health CAG provides mental health services for children and young people with emotional, behavioural, psychiatric and neurodevelopmental problems. Its services cover a spectrum of inpatient, outpatient and community based resources delivering care to local and national patients.
SLaM’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health CAG is a national leaders in their field, in both the Trust and associated Universities, having a profound influence on our understanding of mental health problems in childhood, on the development of treatment approaches and on service development and evaluation. The service is made up of five clinical units: National & Specialist and the boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham and Croydon. As well as providing a range of services to local children, professional staff provide specialist tertiary services to children and adolescents throughout the country. Adolescent Units at the Maudsley Hospital and at the Bethlem Royal Hospital and the Children’s Unit at the Bethlem Royal Hospital, and the Bethlem Adolescent PICU provide supra regional tertiary inpatient treatment and assessment. Professional staff also work closely with local authority social services, education, community health services, acute paediatrics, primary care, the voluntary sector and the criminal justice system.
Staff within the Directorate provide national training programmes for under and post-graduate trainees from all the key mental health professions and it is important to ensure that academic and service interests work in a collaborative and mutually beneficial way. Child and adolescent mental health services have a history of multi-disciplinary and multi-agency working and it is important to nurture these different perspectives to effectively contribute to the national policy of cross-agency collaboration.
The Child and Adolescent Directorate currently consists of: the national outpatient service with over twenty specialist/research teams at the Michael Rutter Centre, Maudsley Hospital; paediatric liaison at King’s, Lewisham, Croydon University and St Thomas’ Hospitals; four inpatient units, three based at Bethlem Royal Hospital and one at the Maudsley Hospital; child and adolescent community multidisciplinary team bases, in Croydon; in Lambeth (at Black Prince Road), in Southwark (Mapother House, Maudsley Hospital) and in Lewisham. There are Tier 2 services in boroughs primary care and joint working with Child Health and Social Services.
All Borough services have learning disability services though configured differently in each area. Services for early intervention and for children looked after provided, often through different funding streams.
The IoPPN and SLaM: Looking to the future of Children’s and Young Person’s Mental Health
Combining the expertise, dedication and energy of our world-leading clinicians and scientists focused on children and young people’s mental health, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (NHS SLAM), the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London and the Maudsley Charity, have a shared ambition to see all children entering adulthood in good mental health.