South London and Maudsley 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. It provides mental health and substance misuse services to the people of Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham and Croydon (population of 1.1m), as well as substance misuse services for people in Bexley, Greenwich and Bromley. We also provide specialist services to people from across the UK.

The Trust has 5,500 staff and operates from many sites. 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. Clinical links are particularly strong with Guy’s and St Thomas HS Foundation Trust, The Evelina Children’s Hospital and King’s College Hospital. 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 us to ensure that our 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 our 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.

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

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 Directorate provides mental health services for children and young people with emotional, behavioural, psychiatric and neurodevelopmental problems. Our services cover a spectrum of inpatient, outpatient and community based resources delivering care to local and national patients.

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Directorate is a national leader 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.

King’s Health Partners

Translating cutting-edge research and existing best practice into excellent patient care.

King’s Health Partners brings together three leading NHS Foundation Trusts – Guy's and St Thomas’ now incorporating Royal Brompton and Harefield, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley – with a globally renowned university, King’s College London.

You can find out more about what we do and what KHP is looking to achieve by reading the 2020–2025 five-year plan – ‘Delivering better health for all through high impact innovation’ – which sets out their mission to deliver sustainable health improvements to patients, communities, staff and students.

KHP work across our four partners but operate with a core team of King’s Health Partners staff.

Clinical Academic Groups are a way of organizing our activities so that we bring together the people who can deliver the tripartite agenda, integrating clinical services with education, training and research. Each clinical academic group has both an academic director leading on research strategy and education within King’s, and a clinical director leading on clinical strategy and clinical training. Their close working relationship drives our shared ambition.

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

CAG Academic Lead Clinical Director Service Director
Addictions Professor John Strang Dr Emily Finch Peace Ajiboye
Behavioural and Developmental Psychiatry Professor Declan Murphy Dr Susannah Whitwell
& Dr Shubulade Smith
Hilary Williams
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Professor Emily Simonoff Dr Bruce Clark Harold Bennison
Mental Health of Older Adults and Dementia Professor Dominic Fytch Dr Nicola Funnell Shorayi Nyamupanda
Pathway Integration (formerly Acute Mental Health) Professor Nick Sevdalis
& Dr Claire Henderson
Dr Hugh Jones Hilary Williams
Psychological Medicine and Integrated Care Professor Allan Young Dr Trudi Seneviratne Donna Hayward-Sussex
Psychosis Professor Roland Zahn Dr Robert Harland John Lavelle

The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust: 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, 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 challenge of children and young people’s mental health has never been greater than at present. Our ambition is to create a healthier and happier society for future generations through improving children and young people’s mental health. We believe this challenge should be addressed in multiple ways: better prevention strategies at a population level; improved identification of those at risk for developing mental health problems and targeted early interventions to prevent these or reduce their impact; more effective and cost-effective care for those presenting with mental health disorders, ultimately allowing all to receive care in a timely fashion and, finally, new interventions for the most severe and treatment-resistant conditions.

The King’s Maudsley Partnership for Children and Young People brings together King’s leading scientists, both clinical and non-clinical academics at all career stages, with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust clinical colleagues, many of whom have higher research degrees and who are committed to research and clinical innovation. The Pears Maudsley Centre for Children and Young People (PMCYP) provides a focal point for implementing our strategy by bringing together many of these key individuals, but our work and ambition extends beyond the walls of the Centre into collaborations with other King’s academics (e.g., in the Departments of Psychology, Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry, Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Psychological Medicine Health Sciences and Population Research as well as colleagues at St Thomas’/Evelina Hospital in the Institute for Women and Children’s Health) and clinically with our community CAMH services serving our four London boroughs.

To achieve this step change in the mental health of children and young people and develop real world impact, we are:

  • Extending our already ambitious programme of research and clinical innovation focused primarily on neurodevelopmental disorders, affective disorders and trauma and early parent-child factors. We want to capitalize on UK and international funding opportunities targeting children’ and young people’s mental health, as well as collaborating with philanthropists supporting this work.

  • We will identify and mentor promising early career clinical and non-clinical researchers to develop their scientific skills to become independent scientists

  • We will support our established scientists to extend their research, including enhancing clinical collaborations and incorporating patient and public involvement

  • We will provide opportunities for research-oriented clinicians to extend their involvement in research, through advanced degrees and fellowships and as co-investigators ion research projects

  • Creating a new child- and family-friendly clinical and academic Centre, co-locating scientists and clinicians working across these areas together with patients, accelerating the time it takes from research to clinical practice to effect change. This Centre includes a clinical research facility designed to study biological (including brain-based), psychological and behaviour mechanisms that may explain mental health vulnerabilities, provide intermediate markers for treatment response and/or personalized markers for treatment stratification.

  • Disseminating our findings and influencing local and world-wide mental health through outreach, education and training, policy change, stakeholder engagement and commercial partnerships.