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A new community survey has just been launched as part of South London Listens to help find the solutions to the impact Covid-19 has had on the mental health of our communities.
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.
As part of the Trust’s Integrated Programme we have also received approval - as part of the Full Business Case and subject to certain conditions - to develop new health facilities at the Tolworth hospital site.
Tolworth Hospital will become another modern centre of excellence delivering expert mental health care.
Our facilities at Tolworth Hospital simply do not meet today's need. Existing buildings are mainly old, unsuitable and expensive to run which means we have less to spend on frontline services and jobs. Through our programme we intend to invest in better mental health services to create modern mental health inpatient services at Tolworth Hospital.
Investing in Tolworth Hospital
We want to ensure our patients receive the best possible care in the best facilities. Our new buildings at Tolworth Hospital will meet the latest standards for mental health care as suggested by the Care Quality Commission (the NHS regulator), providing excellent facilities for our patients and a good working environment for our staff.
The new hospital will require millions of pounds of investment but overall there will be a significant reduction in running costs and excellent clinical benefits for our patients. Our aim is for our new hospitals at Springfield and Tolworth to lead the way and become centres of excellent for mental health service provision.
What’s happening at Tolworth?
Following careful consultation with service users, carers and staff, we are planning to redevelop Tolworth Hospital alongside Springfield University Hospital as our two largest sites.
After the new healthcare buildings are completed at Springfield, Tolworth will form the second phase of our programme and will be subject to further approvalprocesses before we are able to start work. Timings for developments at Tolworth are also dependent on the sales of our surplus estates, but are currently scheduled to commence in early 2023, concluding in early 2025.
Springfield has housed a mental health hospital from 1840. Until the 19th Century, few facilities were available for people who suffered from mental illness.
Many individuals wandered the streets or were looked after by their families. Standards in private 'asylums' and the few public hospitals that did exist were very low.
The Asylum Act of 1808 encouraged the building of public hospitals. In the 1830s, Surrey magistrates decided to establish a county asylum. Building began in 1838 on Springfield Park, originally the site of an 18th Century mansion.
The hospital opened on 15 June 1841 as the Surrey County Pauper Lunatic Asylum. It received 299 patients, transferred from various private pauper asylums across Surrey. In the beginning, the asylum coped with every sort of clinical problem; specialist facilities developed gradually over time. The cottage hospital opened in 1872, and an infirmary block and operating theatre followed in 1881.
In 1897 the annex (now the admission building) opened, admitting 20 mentally handicapped children. Patients with learning disabilities were also removed from the general wards. This was an ambitious move at the time. It enabled the asylum to develop an active approach to the education and training of those with learning disabilities.
The members of the asylum committee were often wealthy aristocrats who had altruistic motives and time to spare. The medical staff worked with few resources and little training as psychiatry was still in its infancy. There were no professional standards of knowledge or practice, and most doctors trained by apprenticeship.
Over the next 100 years, admission rates soared. Many were suffering the effects of poverty and alcoholism. And as more people moved away from agricultural life to city living, those with mental illness often became a burden their families could not support. In 1959, an act of parliament allowed the number of patients to be controlled and their needs matched to a specific type of treatment.
From the 1960s onwards, the number of inpatients began to fall. This reflected changes in treatment, and changes in attitudes towards mental health. Some large institutions that had provided long-term residential care for people with mental health problems closed.
Springfield University Hospital remained open, but implemented changes. Now, there are fewer inpatient beds and the majority of services are provided in outpatient or community settings.
We have many opportunities for therapists at our Trust.
There are many opportunities for therapists working in in-patient and community teams within our adult, older people’s, CAMHS and specialist services as well as training and practice development roles, and in team and service management posts at all levels in the Trust.
If you have any questions about Therapies at our trust, please contact our Head of Therapies, Helen Miles - Helen.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Occupational Therapists enable children and adults of all ages to overcome mental health related challenges and achieve their full potential in doing all the things they need or want to do.This can include supporting people to develop skills, confidence and motivation in looking after themselves (self-care), doing something productive like work or education (productivity), and being involved in hobbies and activities to relax and enjoy (leisure).Occupational Therapists help people develop a daily and weekly routine of everyday activities which supports their recovery and gives them a sense of purpose.
All OTs are supported by a strong leadership structure that delivers professional supervision, enables service development & facilitates continuing professional development. Quality, improvement and innovation are a priority and support is given to OTs wishing to develop new ways of doing things to improve quality. The OT service is involved in a variety of research projects and pilots of innovative mental health interventions including Graduated Living outside the ward (GLOW), Increasing participation in everyday life (IPEL) and Valuing active life in dementia (VALID).
The Trust has adopted the Model of Human Occupation as its main model of practice to ensure that staff deliver high quality evidence based assessments and interventions.
We also draw on a range of frames of reference including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), psychodynamic psychotherapy and provide the role of disability champions to our services.
Occupational Therapists may be involved in the following interventions:
The purpose of hospital admission is to provide care and treatment where it is not safe or appropriate to provide this in the home or other residential setting. Occupational Therapy takes an instrumental role in the assessment, treatment and discharge planning process to ensure safe and effective transitions for patients and their families.
Occupational Therapists have the following roles and responsibilities:
Occupational Therapists are integral to the multidisciplinary team. They offer time- limited recovery focused interventions, supporting individuals to maintain their roles and to develop strategies for managing their symptoms. They often work in care coordinating roles and have protected time to offer specific Occupational Therapy assessment and deliver evidenced based interventions. They use outcome measures to demonstrate the value of Occupational Therapy.
Occupational therapists have an important role in helping older people with mental health needs cope with the impact of their illness/disability and to equip them with the skills and confidence to prepare for safe discharge. We carry out functional assessments and advise on the need for community support, aids/adaptations or possible placement. We also provide interventions designed to improve quality of life and social inclusion.
Occupational Therapists are based in a range of in-patient and community services
We work on the in-patient units at:
Occupational Therapists also work in older peoples’ community services including:
There are opportunities for Occupational therapy staff in the following areas:
The FNS Occupational Therapists have been involved in many innovative projects and partnerships including the development of a forensic recovery college Links are being built with SLAM and Oxleas NHS Trusts as part of the South London Partnership providing exciting opportunities for learning and service development across South London.
The Forensic OT team were recognised as team of the year in the annual Trust quality awards and Occupational Therapy is a highly valued and respected part of the service line.
Occupational therapists also work in the National Deaf CAMHS community teams based in London and Kent.
The CAMHS OTs have close ties with the national and London and SE east OT CAMHS interest group and regularly attend study days to build links and share learning.
We serve 1.1 million people across the London Boroughs of Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth and provide care and treatment to over 20,000 people at any one time.
With over 100 clinical teams, you will have the opportunity to work with a range of mental health services as part of a skilled multidisciplinary team.
Occupational therapists use the Model of Human Occupation and the recovery framework to underpin their practice. The Trust has an active research and development strategy and there will be opportunities to engage in a number of practice development initiatives. We offer:
Promoting Professional Growth
The Band 5 Occupational Therapist is part of a multi-disciplinary team providing care and recovery focused assessment and interventions to individuals facing a broad range of mental health conditions who require the short term intensive support of an in-patient unit. The role is responsible for:
Band 6 Occupational Therapist roles can be found on in-patient units within the local boroughs and in regional/ national services for a particular specialism. The services cover all age groups and include acute admissions, forensic and rehabilitation. The role is responsible for:
Recovery Support Team: There are a range of band 6 OT roles across the boroughs working in multidisciplinary Recovery Support Teams. These teams undertake a range of assessment and treatment interventions in line with the Care Programme Approach and Social Inclusion strategy. The roles include:
Home Treatment Team: These innovative band 6 Occupational Therapy roles have been established across most of the boroughs. The Crisis and Home treatment Team practitioner has a focus on providing safe and effective treatment to service users in their own home and providing an alternative to in-patient admission and/or facilitating early discharge for hospital. The role involves:
The Trust Board meets in public on the second Thursday of every other month. This meeting is open to members of the public and all staff and we always have time for questions. Come along and be a part of the meeting.
If you have a disability and need help to come to meetings or have any questions, contact us in advance on 020 3513 6385 or email@example.com.
The venue is usually Conference Room G, Building 32 (the new modular building near the Burntwood Lane entrance) Springfield Hospital, London SW17 7DJ.
The agenda, board papers and minutes of these meetings are posted on the Trust website as they become available.
TRUST BOARD MEETINGS
From January 2021 the Trust Board meetings will operate on a virtual basis using Microsoft Teams. They will be held bi-monthly. If you wish to join the virtual meeting please email us and you will be sent the link. Although you will be able to hear the meeting you will be given the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the meeting, as is usual. To ensure good sound quality you will be required to mute your microphone. When logging on you will be able to select to have your camera on/off, the meeting will be recorded for minuting accuracy and will be deleted when the notes have been drafted.
The current schedule is set out below. The arrangements will remain under review and if any change takes place we will publicise this.
2021- 2022 dates
|Board date||Papers published by|
|11th March 2021||5 March|
|13th May 2021||7 May|
|8th July 2021||2 July|
|9th September 2021||3 September|
|11th November 2021||5 November|
|13th January 2022||7 January|
|10th March 2022||4 March|