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    South London Listens – Mental ill health prevention and recovery community summit 

    Community leaders from across South London invite you to the South London Listens mental health summit on Wednesday 16 June 2021 where they will present urgent actions to tackle the looming mental health crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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    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.

Community Transformation

Over the coming years, the Trust’s Integrated Programme is bringing forward new investment and innovations.

Improving our services to provide high quality care for people across South West London is a key part of our overall mission Making Life Better Together.

We embarked on a transformation programme for adult community mental health services in September 2019; in line with the NHS Long Term Plan,  recognising that a new integrated and flexible delivery model is required to help meet current and future service user needs.

The NHS Long Term Plan (LTP) prioritises community-based care and recently transformation funding was announced to support the transformation of adult community mental health services over three years (2021/22 – 2023/24).

Why do we need Community Transformation?

We know that our current clinical pathways can be inconsistent and fragmented in the way they deliver services.

The overarching purpose of this programme is to make both community and inpatient services work together so that patients get the right care and support as they need it. By ensuring everyone is offered core care and treatment options, choice and flexibility, we can really make life better for our service users and carers.

These ambitions will be supported by investment into mental health under the NHS Long Term Plan.

Making it happen

The Trust has worked closely with colleagues and partner organisations across the South West London Integrated Care System to successfully bid for new funding that was announced to support transformation of adult community mental health services over three years (2021/22 – 2023/24).

For Year one the Trust was successful in receiving £2.8m which will be invested in community adult mental health services in 2021/22 with additional amounts available for future years.

The proposed new model of community adult mental health delivery will:

  • Focus on supporting individuals with serious mental illness and within this group specifically also strengthen support and care for individuals (1) with an eating disorder, (2) with a diagnosis of personality disorder or (3) requiring mental health rehabilitation
  • Be organised around and/ or integrated with wider partners including Primary Care Networks and primary care, voluntary and community sector provision and local authority provision.
  • Be co-produced and include both clinical delivery and provision by voluntary and community sector organisations
  • Remove barriers between primary and secondary care.
  • Optimise data sharing
  • Recognise and impact on the social determinants of health and non-clinical needs
  • Reduce waiting times, addresses inequalities and support transition.

Our next steps

The proposed model will be piloted in Sutton in 2021/22 and then reviewed and adapted as needed.

Placed based design and delivery groups will commence in Kingston, Merton, Richmond, and Wandsworth over the next 18 months and work carried out in each borough to ensure new models of care meet the needs of our local populations.

We look forward to working with partners and organisations across our communities as we bring forward this innovative new programme.

For any questions about Community Transformation at SWLSTG please contact us at

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Community engagement

South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust are dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of our communities. We are committed to working with and engaging our local communities through various platforms to ensure both the local and wider community are consulted, updated and engaged in order to achieve our mission of Making Life Better Together.

As an anchor in our local communities, we contribute beyond providing healthcare: through employment, regeneration work, raising mental health awareness and sharing good practice.

Through the community arm of the  Making Life Better Together Programme we are developing various opportunities for our community, such as work experience, engagement with a new Mental Ill-health Prevention and Recovery Programme, and our Integrated Programme is delivering investment and innovations across our sites and our services including the development of a new mixed-used community, Springfield Village.

Current Trust community engagement activities

Springfield Community

The local Springfield community receive regular updates on the transformation programme, through the Springfield Messenger  newsletter and the quarterly Springfield community forum that has been set up, made up of local residents, counsellors and organisations.

Schools and FE college engagement

In partnership with STEP and SRM, the Trust is embarking on a new programme of activities for local schools and FE colleges to take advantage of learning opportunities linked to the development of Springfield village;

  • Work experience opportunities
  • Site visitsYoung person on site
  • Construction and mental health workshops
  • Schools have submitted designs for a new youth ‘The hangout’ shelter for the new park
  • Nature artwork to brighten up the green hoardings on site
  • CAMHS ask the expert session with Dr Annika Clark

Check out more information on the Springfield Village website


South London Listens

South London listens is a new mental health prevention initiative that brings together NHS Mental Health Trusts and commissioners with local authorities, Healthwatch, Public Health England, Citizens UK, Black Thrive and other community partners.

Over 5700 people from across South London have taken part in listening events and shared their experiences and ideas for how we can solve the biggest challenges facing our communities and the impact Covid-19 has had on the mental health.

We now move to the next stage and community leaders from across South London invite you to the South London Listens mental health summit on Wednesday 16 June 2021 where they will present urgent actions to tackle the looming mental health crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.  

The summit will be held on Zoom on Wednesday 16 June 2021 from 6pm to 8pm. You can register by clicking here.

Mental Health Awareness 

The Trust supports national awareness campaigns for which we run events and workshops, as well as providing resources and signposting information to those who may need support for their mental health.

Some of the recent campaigns we have promoted are; 

Upcoming campaigns include; 

  • Volunteers Week - 1-7 June 21
  • Carers Week - 7-13 June 21
  • Infant Mental Health Awareness Week - 7-13 June 21
  • Men's Mental Health Awareness Week - 14 - 20 June 21

Check out our Events page or follow us on social media @SWLStG to find out more. 


Your chance to view Springfield Village from the air and raise money for the Trust charity                    

crane As you will be aware the skyline of the Trust estate has been dominated by huge cranes deployed by Sir Robert McAlpine since work began in January 2020. 

 We are delighted to be able to launch a raffle for you to take the 35metre walk to the very top and to see our transforming estate from the air. The trip will include a few revolutions around with the driver to see the whole of the Trust’s developing estate.

 What a view it will be too - as 35 metres is the height of Big Ben, seven London buses or 1/10th of The Shard!

 Simply click here to ‘make a donation’ on our Trust Charity donation page to be entered into the raffle* 

Please note that entries will close on Thursday 17 June 2021 and the walk will take place on Thursday 24 June 2021.

*Winning entrants will need to complete a risk assessment, take part in a safety briefing and complete a ‘fit for work’ assessment with SRM. Minimum of £2.50 donation to enter 


Trust staff and Springfield Village partners take part in site litter pick


Volunteers from the Trust, STEP, Sir Robert McAlpine, City & Country, Barratt London, Pinnacle Power and Lawrence Baker took part in a Springfield litter pick to clear residual rubbish from the site, especially in hard to reach areas. This is a great example of members of all the development teams pulling together to take positive action to improve the local environment.

 Join us to recognise all the millions of people volunteering across the UK in Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) -


Making Life Better Together in 2021

On Wednesday 14 April we hosted a virtual community engagement event to share more on our exciting programme of investment, innovation and vision for mental health services in South West London.

If you weren't able to join the event, click here to catch-up. Download the event slides here.

Find out more information about the event here


For further information on community engagement please contact Emma Hill, Community Engagement Officer on 



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South London Listens – Mental Ill Health Prevention and Recovery Community Summit - 16 June 2021 - 6pm to 8pm 

Community leaders from across South London invite you to the South London Listens mental health summit on Wednesday 16 June 2021 where they will present urgent actions to tackle the looming mental health crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.  

Whether it is dealing with the virus itself, losing your job, juggling the demands of work and home schooling, feeling lonely, missing friends or the tragedy of losing a loved one, we have all had a very personal experience of living through this pandemic.  

During the first three months of this year 21% of adults experienced depression, more than double the level in 2019. For some of us its effects will be short lived, but for others Covid-19 will cast a long shadow as they begin to rebuild their lives.  

Sign up to take part here

Our journey so far 

In summer 2020, the Mental Ill-Health Prevention and Recovery Programme was formed in response to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the mental health and wellbeing of our communities.  

Driven by the three mental health Trusts in south London (SWLStG, SLaM and Oxleas), the programme has support from all local authority partners (councillors and leaders), South West London and South East London Integrated Care Systems, Healthwatch organisations and several community organisations.  

The programme has established a Taskforce, hosted three community summits, and commissioned and delivered the South London Listens campaign in partnership with Citizens UK.  

Between November 2020 and March 2021, the campaign heard from 5,732 people across South London and focused on reaching groups disproportionately affected by mental ill health. There were also ‘mini-summits’ in several boroughs, attended by community leaders and MPs to share their experiences and ideas.  

Throughout March and April 2021, these events were complimented by an online survey which was completed by nearly 600 people.  

Time to act

Since last year, community leaders have been bringing their communities together to talk about their personal experiences and codesign solutions that will have a lasting impact.  

More than 5,700 people have shared their stories and ideas. At this summit they will present their action plan around four key areas that need to be urgently tackled: social isolation, work and wages, young people and parents, and access to services.  

Hundreds of members of our communities will be joined by NHS Mental Health Trusts, local authorities, voluntary sector organisations and commissioners who will all be pledging to take specific actions.  

By pledging their support, this summit marks the beginning of a two-year mental ill health prevention and recovery programme to turn the tide and help create strong, resilient and healthy communities.  

Register today

Join your community by registering for this ground-breaking summit today.  

The summit will be held on Zoom on Wednesday 16 June 2021 from 6pm to 8pm. Register now here!

If you have any accessibility requirements or questions about the summit please email

About our taskforce 

The initiative follows the establishment of the ‘South London Covid-19 Preventing Mental-ill Health Taskforce’, a group made up of representatives from across the programme’s partner organisations. Its purpose is to take forward a long-term prevention programme focused on protecting and promoting mental health in the community.  

In 2020, the South London Mental Health and Community Partnership laid the foundations for the programme by hosting a number of digital summits to bring people together. The Taskforce built on early insights gained to develop a set of ambition statements in six key areas:

  1. Social isolation, loneliness and community involvement

  2. Helping people who are at risk of losing their jobs cope

  3. Housing insecurity and environment

  4. Supporting communities and groups who experience disadvantage

  5. Supporting families, children and young people

  6. Developing a long-term, joined-up approach to prevention

Alongside this, the Taskforce has started work to shape possible solutions to the impacts of Covid-19 on our communities’ mental health. Ideas include tackling the digital divide, improving mental health awareness and signposting, co-producing information on mental health promotion and prevention, identifying the barriers to support and growing community networks. 



Information for visitors

We know that it is important for people admitted to hospital to have regular contact with family and friends, however it is also vital that we keep people safe from infection on our wards.

We understand how difficult it is to be unable to see and speak to loved ones whilst they are in hospital on a regular basis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We have reviewed our visiting policy and will currently be continuing with inpatient visiting by booked appointment only.  This means we can offer one close family member or somebody else close to the patient the opportunity to visit them. Whilst we cannot return to our usual visiting guidelines at the moment, we hope that this will continue to offer some comfort to both our patients and loved ones.

Staff will discuss with visitors if they have had any symptoms or whether there are any contacts in their households with COVID-19. If the answer to either of these is yes, the visit will need to be rearranged for another time. All visitors must comply with handwashing, social distancing and infection control instructions to protect other visitors, patients and staff.

Visitors will be expected to wear a face mask when inside ward environments. Anyone who has not been given permission to visit will be asked to leave. Visitors exempt from wearing a face mask should discuss this with the ward manager/nurse in charge.

We are also now asking you to test yourselves 1-3 days prior using a LFT test and ask not to visit if you had a positive result. 

Please do not visit if you are unwell or have any of the symptoms of coronavirus – a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss of or change to your sense of smell or taste.

We thank you for your support and understanding at this challenging time. The safety of our staff, patients, carers and visitors remains our top priority. In line with national guidance, we will review our position on allowing normal visiting to our inpatient units, as the situation with Covid-19 evolves, so it is important that anyone planning to visit calls the ward before arriving.



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