South London and Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust

The South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust is committed to innovation, effective interventions and improved service user outcomes. The Trust has a broad range of staff in all disciplines with the widest range of skills and interests that provides many opportunities for new consultants to thrive and develop. With 5,500 staff, it provides mental health and substance misuse services to the people of Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham and Croydon (population of 1.3m), as well as substance misuse services for people in Bexley, Greenwich and Bromley. In addition to serving the communities of south London, the Trust also provides more than 50 specialist services for children and adults across the UK and beyond.

The Trust Board is chaired by Sir Norman Lamb and the Chief Executive is David Bradley. It has close links in education and research with the Institute of Psychiatry and Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine, both of which are part of King’s College London. This close collaboration involves working to ensure that developments and research feed directly into clinical practice. It’s academic links with King’s College London, which also include the Nightingale Institute and South Bank University, enables the Trust to ensure that its health care staff receive high quality clinical training at both pre-qualification (or registration) stage and in specialist skills (post qualification).
The Trust is committed to managing and developing a range of mental health services, working closely with users and carers; Specialist Commissioning Groups; our partner local authorities; Clinical Commissioning Groups and NHS Trusts.  Services are primarily focused on people with severe and enduring mental illness. In addition, it promotes good mental health, early intervention to prevent more serious problems and provides support to primary care in dealing with people with less severe problems.  The Trust has a strong community focus and its services are provided in a wide range of settings including people's own homes, GP practices, day centres, residential and nursing homes, prisons and hospitals. 

Clinical Academic groups are a way of organising its activities so that it brings together the people who can deliver the tripartite agenda; integrating clinical services with education, training and research. These groups have been brought together into the Quality Centre of the Trust, leading to design care pathways in line with the evidence base.

The purpose of the CAGs therefore being both to generate research and to implement the latest research into practice and to deliver training and education across the organisation. 

Within South London and Maudsley NHS Trust there are seven Clinical Academic Groups as follows: 

Academic Lead
Clinical Director
Service Director
Professor John Strang
Dr Emily Finch
Peace Ajiboye
Behavioural and Developmental Psychiatry
Professor Declan Murphy
Dr Susannah Whitwell
and Dr Shubulade Smith
Hilary Williams
Mental Health of older Adults and Dementia
Professor Dag Aarsland
Dr Nicola Funnell
Shorayi Nyamupanda
Pathway Integration (formerly Acute Mental Health)
Professor Nick Sevdalis
and Dr Claire Henderson
Dr Hugh Jones
Hilary Williams
Psychological Medicine and Integrated Care
Professor Allan Young
Dr Trudi Seneviratne
Donna Hayward-Sussex
Professor Philip McGuire
Dr Robert Harland
John Lavelle

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.
The issue of young people’s mental health is at a pivotal moment. One in eight children or young people in the UK now have a clinically diagnosable mental health disorder and we are approaching endemic public health proportions. At the same time, we are on the cusp of being able to transform our understanding, identification and treatment of mental health problems in children and young people.  

Through the Pears Maudsley Centre for Children and Young People (PMCYP) our shared vision is to create a healthier and happier society for future generations. To help achieve this step change in the mental health of children and young people and develop real world impact, we are proposing: 

  • Creating a new child-friendly clinical and academic Centre, co-locating staff working across these areas together with patients, accelerating the time it takes from research to clinical practice to effect change.
  • Sharing our findings through outreach, education, policy change, partnerships and digital technologies.