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South London Mental Health and Community Partnership (SLP)

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.

Annual Review 2018-2019

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.

Highlights include:

  • Forensic patients out of area reduced by 36%
  • Nursing workforce retention rate improved by 5%+
  • CAMHS out of area bed days reduced by 7.8%
  • More than 100 new Nursing Associates on development programmes
  • New and enhanced services including: Complex Care Clinical Assessment Team, CAMHS Shared Bed Management Service, Community Forensic LD/ASD Service, additional Adult Forensic Beds

SLP programmes include:

  • CAMHS Tier 4 New Care Models
  • Forensic (Adult Secure) New Care Models
  • Complex Care: improving recovery closer to home for patients typically with complex mental health needs and multiple, long-term conditions, including challenging behaviours, who have often experienced high lengths of stay in restrictive settings
  • Nursing Development Programme
  • Adult Care Pathway: aiming to improve patient care, outcomes and experience for people with acute or urgent mental health needs, including reducing A&E attendances, admissions to our inpatient wards and inpatient length of stay
  • Adult Eating Disorders: emerging new programme
  • Corporate Service Productivity and Efficiency

In recent months, further impacts have included:

  • 32% overall reduction in south London children and young people’s overall bed days in mental health hospitals
  • Significant reductions in A&E attendances and suicide attempts by young people receiving new DBT interventions in south east London;
  • Agreement by CCGs to transfer complex patient budgets to the SLP Trusts
  • Introduction of consistent south London-wide Single Point of Access and assessment panels for health-funded complex care patients
  • Developing innovative new Community Forensic Support Plus help male Forensic patients with high lengths of stay in restrictive settings live more independently, with extended, multi-disciplinary team support

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.



Get involved - make a difference

Get involved - make a difference

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:

  • Providing personal feedback on services
  • Joining our Patient Quality Forum or our Carer’s Friends and Family Reference Group
  • Joining our recruitment panels
  • Sharing your views in planning workshops
  • Joining research groups
  • Taking part in service visits such as 15 Steps and quality improvement reviews

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.

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 Estate Modernisation

Public consultation - inpatient mental health services in south west London

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. 

New facilities for future care

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.


Springfield Hospital redevelopment - frequently asked questions

Springfield Hospital redevelopment - frequently asked questions

What are your proposals for Springfield University Hospital?

We want to redevelop the Springfield University Hospital site into a modern centre of excellence for the delivery of expert mental health care. The hospital will also become a community hub, with the development of housing and community spaces. The overall programme involves a multi-million pound investment. 

Where has the money come from for this redevelopment?

The redevelopment is mainly funded through the sale of surplus land no longer required for NHS use.

Why do we need to redevelop Springfield University Hospital, is there a need?

The development of state of the art mental health facilities are crucial in ensuring people with mental health issues are treated the same as those people with physical health issues.

We are still delivering some mental health services using buildings which are 150 years old which means the Trust has less to spend on front line services and jobs. We have an opportunity to modernise these services and to replace our old and unsuitable accommodation. The new facilities would meet the latest and best standards for mental health care as suggested by the Care Quality Commission (the NHS regulator).

What is the latest news on the redevelopment?

The Trust has now received government approval for its Full Business Case for the development of two state-of-the-art inpatient mental health facilities to be built at Springfield University Hospital. We have been undertaking Early Works to date but now have permission to start work on building these new facilities, which are set to open in Summer 2022.

What was the first phase of the development?

The first phase of this development involved a parcel of land next to Hebdon Road, formerly the Corner House Building, on the Springfield University Hospital site.  This was sold to Bellway Homes and delivered 26 new homes. The construction was completed in Spring 2018. 

How have service users and staff been involved in this work?

Many patients and staff have been involved in contributing towards designs and outline plans for the new hospitals. This process will continue so that our new facilities are built in conjunction with the people who are using them.

What will the benefits be for the community overall?

The new hospital will be a vast improvement to NHS mental health inpatient services in the area. The development will also provide a high quality public area, including green space as well as pedestrian and cycle paths which will link the hospital with the wider community. The new buildings will be of the highest quality, with better safety and security for service users. There will also be a significant amount of new housing on the site, approximately 839 residential dwellings, including affordable housing.

Building a centre of excellence for impatient mental health care at Springfield University Hospital will help attract the best healthcare staff available as they will be working in the highest quality surroundings and within a first-class environment.

What will the benefits be?

We will be making a multi-million pound investment in our services which will deliver:

  • World class mental health inpatient facilities to provide the best care for our patients
  • 839 brand new homes for local families in Tooting
  • A 32-acre public park: providing outdoor space including a gym and play areas for our local community
  • Community shops and a café for local residents
  • Extensive community healthcare where people are treated closer to their families and home
  • Land to be made available for a new school
  • More than £5million for improvements to local transport

What will the impact be on the hospital during the redevelopment?

We want to be a good neighbour and will keep disruption to a minimum. As part of our approved detailed planning permission there are a number of conditions and obligations that STEP are obliged to deliver, all detailed within our approved Construction Management Plan. This plan states that the majority of construction traffic for the Springfield project would come to the site via the Burntwood Lane entrance.

What will the new facilities look like?

Our new development at Springfield will include two new inpatient buildings – one forensic unit and one non-forensic unit, comprised of four wards each, eight in total. These buildings form a ‘mental health corridor’ with the two new buildings and a current modern building, Storey, which was built in 2008, all adjacent to one another. This will allow clinicians to move between the different buildings much more easily than on our current site.

Our developer STEP have created a dedicated website to update neighbouring residents on our Springfield works which you can view here.

You can also directly contact the Trust with any concerns or queries by emailing us.


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