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As you find yourself recovering from COVID-19 you may still be coming to terms with the impact the virus has had on both your body and mind. These changes should get better over time, some may take longer than others, but there are things you can do to help.
The South London Mental Health and Community Partnership, together with our partners including local authorities and community organisations, have launched a major listening campaign to support and protect people's mental health following Covid-19.
We continue to see patients at all our sites, as well as in their homes, and have a number of measures in place to ensure our sites are Covid secure, including the wearing of face masks and coverings, deep cleaning, one-way signage and cleaning stations.
Estate Modernisation Programme latest
Get up to speed on the latest developments from the Trust’s Estate Modernisation Programme (EMP) as works progress on new facilities at Springfield that will help us to provide modern inpatient services and deliver the most modern mental health care in the country.
December saw the launch of a new competition inviting staff as well as patients, service users and members of the public to help us find names for our our new buildings.
We are for looking nominations that:
Find out more about the competition and how to enter here. The closing deadline is 31 March 2021.
Works have continued onsite on the development of our two new state-of-the-art facilities, which are on track to be delivered towards the end of 2022.
Have a look at exactly what’s been happening recently below:
This month members of staff from our Lavender Ward also took part in a site tour to check out their future home.
Here’s what Matron, Gina and Ward Manager, Collen had to say onsite:
Our Chief Executive Vanessa and Non-Executive Director Juliet Armstrong were on site earlier this month to check out the progress at Springfield on our new forensic and non-forensic buildings. Hear what they had to say about the view from the ground in this video.
Our construction partners Sir Robert McAlpine talked Vanessa through parts of the facade and how our new inpatient rooms will be set out.
Following final approval in early 2020, and a brief pause in April as adjustments were made to accommodate new health and safety guidance, work on the Trust’s Estate Modernisation Programme has progressed at pace over the summer.
New structures are sprouting up at Springfield and various areas of the grounds are being secured to make way for modern inpatient facilities that are fit for purpose; giving people the best chance to recover in the best environment. The new facilities will support staff to deliver outstanding care and will be sustainable for the NHS for generations to come.
We also welcome Ian Garlington as the Trust's new Integrated Programme Director.
To find out more information on our plan to invest in new mental health services please contact us using the details below.
Post: Estate Modernisation Programme, Newton Building 3, Entrance 2 Ground Floor, Springfield University Hospital, 61 Glenburnie Road, London SW17 7DJ
The 'South London Mental Health and Community Partnership' is a new and innovative collaboration between three leading mental health trusts.
The 'South London Mental Health and Community Partnership' is an innovative collaboration between three leading mental health trusts.
Mental illness is the single largest cause of disability in the UK and each year about one in four people suffer from a mental health problem. The cost to the economy is estimated to be around £100 billion annually and with physical and mental health closely linked people with severe and prolonged mental illness die on average 15 to 20 years earlier than other people.
The NHS Five Year Forward View (October 2014), recognised that there is no one-size fits all and set out the challenge for leading NHS trusts to respond to the needs of the community by working together to deliver a better NHS for patients.
As a result Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and South West London and St. George’s Mental Health NHS Trust are working together to spearhead a better mental health service across south London. This partnership is called the South London Mental Health and Community Partnership.
The partnership is the first of its kind in London and brings together the clinical expertise of thousands of NHS staff to help identify areas of best practice that will be rolled out consistently across south London in order to deliver a shared vision to improve patient care, the foundation stone of this partnership.
The three chief executives are dedicated to leading high quality changes across South London so that patients continue to receive high quality care for generations to come as a result of this partnership. They believe that this pro-active approach will no doubt become the blueprint for sustainable mental health services across the country, ensuring patients continue to receive high quality care for generations to come. By delivering a smarter and more joined up way of working, quality can be increased and costs driven down whilst protecting service.
Our Innovative and collaborative work to make a difference for mental health patients and staff in three Trusts across south London is highlighted in the South London Mental Health and Community Partnership (SLP) Annual Review for 2018 - 2019.
SLP’s first full year 2017-2018 included more south London children and young people, and Forensic adult patients cared for and supported towards rehabilitation and recovery closer to home. This year SLP focused on adding value and driving improvements to patient experience and outcomes by working collaboratively at system level across south London’s million population.
We have continued to innovate and expand our integrated approach to delivering patient-centred services. This includes new and deeper partnership with Local Authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) and NHS England (NHSE). New relationships with south London’s universities, and with housing providers, are helping us bring specialist solutions to some of the most challenging mental healthcare issues.
The SLP Annual Review covers partnership working by clinical, operational and corporate services colleagues during 2018-19 through a series of key programmes focussed on improving patient care, experience and outcomes.
SLP programmes include:
In recent months, further impacts have included:
Partnership work was also shortlisted for three major national awards in late 2019: NHSI/Burdett Trust award for nursing – Retention Team of the Year (NDP); Royal College of Psychiatry Awards – Sustainable Service Development (Forensic New Care Models); and for System Leadership in the HSJ 2019 Awards.
Work is also underway through the NHS England Specialist Commissioning ‘Provider Collaboratives’ policy for full transfer of commissioning budgets for Adult Secure, CAMHS Tier 4 and Adult Eating Disorders services to the Trusts in April. This means we can together decide how to best use resources, develop and deliver services to provide best quality care and improve patient outcomes
You can read more about the SLP’s work in 2017-18 and plans for 2018-19 in this Annual Review.
If you want to help us make a difference, please think about getiing involved with the Trust services.
Getting involved means that you will be helping the Trust to develop services that really meet the needs of people with mental health problems and their carers. You can also help us to make sure that our services are safe, caring, effective, well-led and responsive.
Anyone who has lived experience of mental health problems or has experience of caring for a relative or friend is welcome to share their expertise with us in a number of ways:
Training and support is available, so if you are interested do get in touch! You can offer as much or as little time as works for you.
We also have a volunteering scheme for anyone who is interested in supporting people with mental health problems.
If you are interested just contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
In 2014 a public consultation took place on the future locations of mental health inpatient facilities for the Kingston, Merton, Sutton, Richmond and Wandsworth areas. This included looking into a range of specialist mental-health inpatient services to serve a wider catchment area.
Feedback from the public consultation was used to make the clinical case for a change and the modernisation of mental health facilities in south west London.
Our new facilities will transform mental health services in south west London and create two state-of-the-art centres of excellence for mental health services in Springfield University Hospital and Tolworth hospital. Vulnerable people in the area will have access to some of the best services in the country.
The two centres will be wholly paid for with a £160million investment from the sale of surplus land on the current Springfield University Hospital site.
Some of the proposed improvements include:
Keeping adult deaf services on the Springfield site.
A Clinical Commissioning Group CCG commitment to increasing overall mental health spending by £20million to £157.2million over the next five years.
Working with patients and families via two travel steering groups to improve travel plans and access.
Improving facilities for families and carers by providing visitor rooms on every ward and overnight accommodation at Tolworth for people visiting children.
Adding in flexibility around bed numbers with contingency for a seventh adult mental health ward.
Ensuring excellent education provision is in place prior to the opening of children's inpatients services in Tolworth.
Working on plans to use part of Barnes Hospital for outpatient clinical services.