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    Community mental health survey

    We will soon be carrying out a survey to find out what service users think about their care. This is part of a national programme to improve quality of care and service users’ experience.

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    #Upliftingimage Digital Photography Competition

    After the success of last year’s digital photo competition, we would like to invite you to take part in this year competition to support World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2020.

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    Join South West London and St.George’s Mental Health Trust

    We urgently need your support to provide the best possible care for our patients and to support our staff particularly at this time of unprecedented pressure on the NHS.

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Springfield redevelopment

Springfield Hospital Redevelopment

We have planning consent to redevelop and regenerate our main site at Springfield University Hospital.

Part of the site will be used for our proposed new mental health inpatient services. The rest of the site will be used to create new houses and provide extra green space for our local community.

The redevelopment of Springfield is a major programme of investment in the local community, which will take until approximately 2024 to complete.

We have promised to work with people living near to Springfield during the redevelopment. If you would like to be contacted about the programme, or if you have any questions, email us.


Our goal is to create a centre of excellence for mental health services by building new inpatient facilities at Springfield and to expand the community services we provide so we can deliver care closer to home.

The new inpatient buildings will be funded by disposing of those parts of the site no longer needed for healthcare and this land will be used to deliver a new community within the Springfield site. Our vision for the future of the Springfield site is an attractive new mixed-use community, combining healthcare and residential neighbourhoods in a parkland setting. 

We adapted the original plans after listening to the views of local residents and Wandsworth Borough Council. We reduced the density of the housing, reduced the amount of commercial and retail space and made the overall development more in keeping with the surrounding area. Our revised application was approved in June 2012.

The development will bring a broad range of benefits to both our service users and the local community:

  • A new state of the art mental health centre - replacing outdated facilities to provide our patients with the best possible care
  • 839 new homes - delivering high quality homes for the community
  • A new 32 acre public park - providing excellent outdoor space for the local community
  • A brand new primary school - investing in local children's future
  • £5 million for local transport services - boosting transport links for local residents 

The first stage of the development was completed in Spring 2018 and delivered 26 new homes. 

The Trust received government approval for its Full Business Case (Announced on Monday 6 January 2020) for the development following extensive engagement with the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS Improvement, NHS England and Her Majesty’s Treasury.

The Trust has now formally signed contracts for the delivery of the Springfield University Hospital development, the cost of which is estimated at £150million. The Trust will be working with Springfield and Tolworth Estate Partnership (STEP), a 50/50 partnership with Sir Robert McAlpine Capital Ventures Ltd and Kajima Partnership. 


Our Trust is working closely with local community groups, health organisations and the council to ensure our patients, service users and the general public are kept well-informed of the changes being made on our sites.

We recently held a public consultation on our detailed plans for the Springfield Hospital site and the exhibition boards can be viewed below. 

Regular updates are also provided through our Springfield Messenger newsletter which is delivered to residents in the local area.

Please email if you would like to be added to our e-newsletter mailing list. You can also view all current and previous Springfield Messengers by clicking here.


Volunteering for us

Volunteering for us

Volunteers play an important role in our Trust by providing non-clinical support to our healthcare professionals.

To volunteer you must be over 18 and live locally. We cover the boroughs of Merton, Sutton, Kingston, Richmond and Wandsworth and recruit people from a wide range of backgrounds.

Why volunteer?

People volunteer for lots of reasons:

  • To support their local Mental Health NHS Trust
  • to meet people and make new friends
  • to learn or refresh their skills

How much time can I give?

Most volunteering roles are between three and six hours once per week. This can vary depending on the type of volunteering you choose.

What type of volunteering could I do?

We have a variety of roles including:

  • Chaplaincy volunteering
  • Meeter / Greeter volunteering escorting people round our site at Springfield Hospital, this is part of our service user volunteering programme
  • PAT Dog/Cat if you have a registered PAT dog or cat we would love to hear from you
  • Befriending sitting and chatting with our patients. This can be extremely rewarding to both the volunteer and patient.
  • Buddying meeting up with patients out in the community for coffee, shopping etc in public areas
  • A limited amount of admin / clerical and information and management and technology (IM andT) support volunteering, these are mainly reserved for our patient volunteering programme to help with work prep skills

Will volunteering cost me anything?

No, we will reimburse a reasonable amount of travelling expenses (against actual receipts) and provide subsidised lunch if you volunteer for more than six hours and over the lunch period.

How long can I volunteer?

Obviously, we want you to stay with us as long as possible but a minimum of six months is desirable. When you have completed six months or more, we are normally happy to provide a reference for you for future college courses or employment, if required.

How do I become a volunteer?

If you would like more information about volunteering please contact us.


 Work experience

Work experience and apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is simply formal on-the-job learning. This means that you get essential hands-on work experience while also earning a real salary – and to top it all off you get to take home a qualification as well.

Apprenticeships are a great way to:

  • Start a career – most people who complete an apprenticeship will gain permanent employment in the Trust
  • Gain job-specific skills
  • Get a qualification
  • Earn money while you learn

The question to ask yourself is: what do I want to do for a career?

This video explains more about apprenticeships in the NHS:

Why you should choose our Trust

We are passionate about learning, development and progression opportunities for all our staff. Our managers are dedicated to supporting you with your work-based learning journey.

There is a full range of apprenticeship standards that are linked to healthcare:

We currently offer apprenticeships to our staff in several different areas, including:

Who can apply

Apprenticeships are for everyone – from Level 2 (GCSE level) to Level 7 (post-graduate or masters level). Apprenticeships provide routes into a variety of careers and are an excellent opportunity to earn, gain work experience, develop skills and achieve nationally recognised qualifications at the same time.

Apprenticeships also offer career development opportunities for current staff. How to apply Please email all enquiries to

Public sector target for apprenticeships

Every year all public sector bodies with 250 or more staff are required to publish the number of apprenticeships starts as a percentage of its workforce headcount, to monitor progress against a government target to employ an average of at least 2.3% of their staff as new apprentice starts annually over the period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2021.

View the latest report from our Trust (PDF)

If you want more information on these targets or wish to discuss apprenticeships in more detail please contact

Work experience

Getting some experience is one of the most important things you can do to help find a career in Health care sector. Work experience takes place in the workplace and allows people to experience what it is like to undertake a job supervised by staff who already work in the environment

South West London and St George`s(SWLSTG) Work experience programme is a fantastic way to gain insight into a particular career. It can also be a valuable way of getting some confidence and experience of working in a team and caring for people. Whether it is a short or long-term placement, full or part time, or on a structured or informal basis, SWLSTG work experience can help you choose the right career.

Why Work in the NHS- Please watch the below video

In SWLSTG we have range of roles in which any person interested in the programme would fit themselves into this include clinical and non-clinical role. Please see video

Finding an Opportunity

If you`re looking for a work experience placement

  • If you are student, find out whether your school , college or universities has a list of suitable employers and if SWLSTG is part of the list of employers.
  • Email us

Apply using the below link:


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