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    Trust rated Good by Health Regulator

    South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust today (12 June 2018) welcomed the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) findings which rated the Trust Good across all five domains inspected.

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    Enter our digital photography competition - #upliftingimage

    We are, once again, launhing our popular #upliftingimage digital photography competition. The theme this year is Contentment - what does it mean to you. We want to reach out to more people than ever before to challenge the stigma and discrimination still associated with mental health. The competition closes on October 10, 2018.

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    Developing world class mental health facilities

    FInd out more about our plans to develop two new hospitals at Springfield and Tolworth

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    Celebrating 70 years of the NHS

    Come and join us on 5 July from 4.30 – 6.30 pm at Springfield University Hospital as we celebrate 70 years of the NHS.

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Training at the Trust

Our Trust has a longstanding reputation for the delivery of high quality undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. 

We have over 100 postgraduate doctors in training, including foundation trainees, trainees in general practice (GP), and core and higher specialty trainees in psychiatry. Most services employ at least one trainee. Each trainee has an educational and clinical supervisor.  As well as regular meetings with their educational supervisor, trainees have weekly hourly meeting with their clinical supervisor. In addition, trainees receive training in the workplace and attend local educational programmes.

The Trust is a lead provider of training programmes in core psychiatry training and higher specialty training in general adult and old age psychiatry.  We are a local education provider for other higher specialty training programmes where the lead providers are the South London and Maudsley Foundation NHS Trust (for forensic psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry and the psychiatry of learning disability) and UCL Partners (for medical psychotherapy).

In addition, we host GP and foundation training posts on the South West London training programmes.  

Undergraduate medical students are based at St George's University of London, with over 250 per year being taught by our staff. Most Trust services host medical student attachments.

Benefits of training with us

These are some of the benefits of training in the Trust, as identified by our trainees:

  • Clinical experience in a variety of services at a range of sites
  • Experience of a wide range of specialties
  • Experience of different cultures and the impact of this on mental health
  • A variety of on-call experience - in the local community and Emergency Departments, and on the psychiatry inpatient wards
  • A specially tailored induction programme
  • The weekly Academic Programmes
  • The MRCPsych Course for core psychiatry trainees
  • Psychotherapy experience, including a weekly supervision group
  • Trainee social events
  • A mentorship programme for core psychiatry trainees
  • Trainee representation on various Trust committees

Our educational facilities

  • Postgraduate Centres - There are two main Postgraduate Centres within the Trust based at Springfield and Tolworth Hospitals. Each Centre has postgraduate staff who organise the academic programmes and support the local trainees.
  • Library facilities - Library services are provided for all staff to support evidence-based clinical care, education and training, and service development. All Trust staff are automatically members of the libraries.
  • Physical Health Skills Lab - The Physical Health Skills team provides a comprehensive range of training courses in physical health care within the Physical Health Skills Lab, including key mandatory courses for all staff. The aim of the team is to create a centre of excellence in physical skills training for staff. The Lab also has audio-visual equipment for filming that can be used for educational purposes.


All trainees will have a dedicated postgraduate training programme for their specialty. In addition, we run two multidisciplinary academic programmes which are open to all Trust staff and some specialties also run-specialty specific academic programmes.

Trainees can apply for study leave and funding to revise for postgraduate exams and to attend external training.

Simulation training

Simulation training is led by an experienced consultant and supervisor. All trainees undertake simulation training in a number of areas, including risk assessment and the management of medical emergencies. Trainees also have the opportunity to take part in simulation-based projects, such as the production of training videos, and to act as trainers for other staff.

Teaching opportunities

All Trust trainees get the opportunity to take part in teaching and training of other staff and students. In particular, we have close links with St George's University of London and over 250 medical students spend time training in the Trust every year.

We encourage our trainees to undertake training in teaching and presentation skills. We also ensure that all our higher specialty trainees undertake the training required to become an educational supervisor, as soon as they take up their first consultant post.

Management and leadership training

We encourage trainees to develop their management and leadership skills throughout their training. There are opportunities to undertake specific training and to participate in service improvement projects and audits within the Trust.

Research opportunities

We encourage trainees to gain research skills and experience. This can include participation in research projects, writing up projects for publication and poster presentations, and increasing skills in critical appraisal. Experienced clinical academics can support trainees in undertaking research and we have many examples of successful research publications and presentations by trainees in the Trust.

Trainee representation

We encourage trainee representation and involvement throughout the Trust. In particular, trainees are members of the Trust Medical Staff Committees and the Postgraduate Medical Education Committee. We also run a regular Trust-wide Trainees Forum to allow issues of interest to trainees to be discussed with Trust senior management.

Support for trainees

All trainees have access to support services both within and outside the Trust, including the Trust Staff Support Service and the London-wide Professional Support Unit.

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Mental health and exercise

Physical health problems can often affect your mental health. The mind can’t function unless your body is working properly and the state of your mind affects your body. To work properly, your body needs regular exercise

Physical activity has many benefits, not only to you physical wellbeing but also for your mental well being.

Exercise can help in the treatment and prevention of many illnesses including Type II diabetes and osteoporosis. It also helps reduce the likelihood of contracting some cancers and can improve the immune system as well as lessening the likelihood of developing problems with memory and dementia.

Remember - Any exercise is better than none but don’t overdo it.  Build more physical activity into your life gradually, and remember to enjoy yourself.

How can physical activity help?

Physical activity and exercise can also help you to:

  • lose weight, especially fat
  • lower your heart rate and blood pressure so your heart doesn’t have to work so hard
  • reduce risk of heart diseas and improve circulation
  • reduced risk of falls and injuries from falls in older people
  • improve feeling of well being, reduce stress and feel more relaxed due to release of endorphins
  • improve concentration and focus increase energy levels
  • improve quality of sleep decrease anxiety and depression. -

Why should you take up exercise?

People take up exercise for many reasons:

  • For enjoyment – if you don’t know what you might enjoy, try a few different things
  • For social reasons - The companionship involved can be just as important as the physical activity
  • For the psychological benefits - it can help you to feel more competent, or capable and give you a sense of control over your life For physical health benefits
  • It can also help to boost your self confidence.

Top tips for increasing your activity level

Exercise doesn’t have to mean leggings, lycra, gyms or aerobics. There are many other ways to increase your activity levels.

  • Walking is free. - Take the dog to make it more interesting or take part in an organised walking group
  • Park at the far end of the car park
  • Get off the bus one stop earlier and walk
  • Use stairs instead of escalators or lifts
  • Exercise with others to make it more fun and sociable
  • Take part in more structured exercise
  • Try a new hobby like gardening or DIY

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Quality awards

Our staff are stars! 

We know that they are the cornerstone of the organisation and each year we recognise their dedication and commitment at our Quality Awards.

The Quality Awards is a celebration of our staff and the work they do on a daily basis to deliver safe, high quality NHS mental health services to our patients.

On 25 January 2018, we held the Annual Quality Awards. There were 12 awards handed out at the event, including Mental Health Advocate Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, Chair’s Award and Chief Executive Leadership Award.

Quality awards 2018

 Devon Marston and Paul Kenny (pictured) won the Mental Health Advocate Award, an   award presented to volunteers who have been true advocates for mental health in the community.   Devon was a founding member of Sound Minds, a multi award winning charity which helps improve   the lives of people recovering from mental health issues in South West London. Paul has helped run   the Family and Friends Support Group for Wandsworth Early Intervention Team for over 9 years and also is an important member of FITT – the Trustwide Family Intervention Training Team.

Deaf Advisor, Hebert Klein was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for his tireless work at the Trust for the past 30 years and his continued promotion of deaf services across the service.

The Acute Care Coordination Centre (ACCC) was awarded the Chairs’ Award as a ground-breaking innovation that has transformed the way the Trust manages bed pressures, out of hours contact, emergencies and on call.

Team Manager Chloe Perkins was awarded the Chief Executives’ Leadership Award for her outstanding leadership at the award-winning Lotus Assessment Suite. This service was also the winner of the prestigious 2017 Nursing Times award for pioneers in mental health.

A full list of winners can be found below, and photos from the event can be found on our twitter.

  • Mental Health Advocate  Award – Devon Marston & Paul Kenny
  • Quality, Innovation & Improvement Award –  Sarah Cope, Specialist Clinical Psychologist
  • Co-production & Partnership Award – Forensic PAMs
  • Unsung Hero Award – Mohammed Aungraheeta, Staff Nurse
  • Team of the year Award – Adolescent Outreach Team
  • Employee of the year Award – Rob Bryan, HR System Specialist
  • Clinician of the Year Award – Zoe Harvey Lee, Senior Occuplational Therapist
  • Corporate Excellence Award – Liz Young, Senior Finance Business Partner
  • Chief Executive Leadership Award – Chloe Perkins, Ward Manager Lotus Assessement Suite
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Herbert Klein, Deaf Advisor
  • Chairman’s Award – Acute Care Coordination Centre

And it's not just us who thinks our staff are great.  As a leading mental health Trust we have won, and been nominated for, a series of leading quality awards.


In November, we celebrated a very successful evening at the prestigious Nursing Times Awards 2017 and the London Health Innovation Awards, winning multiple awards.

At the Nursing Times Awards, the Lotus Assessment Suite won the 'Nursing in Mental Health Award' and our Wandsworth BACSS was shortlisted in the 'Care of Older People Award.'

The Trust's new Psychiatric Decision Unit, The Lotus Assessment Suite, was opened by Justine Greening MP in November 2016 and is an innovative new unit which helps to improve the overall experience of mental health patients in crisis; reducing the demand on A&E departments locally. The safe and calm environment allows staff to undertake in-depth and informed assessments od more complex patients who are experiencing a mental health crisis.

And our Wandsworth Behaviour and Communication Support Service (BACSS)Wandsworth BACSS also won an award - and extra funding - at the London Health Innovation Awards for improving depression in older people care homes.

This funding from the grant will be used to improve the management of treatment of depression in older people residing in care homes by teaching staff to improve their confidence and ability to identify symptoms of depression

In October, the Trust won the silver award in the European Digital Impact Awards for the 'Best use of digital to an internal audience' category, beating stiff competition from the private and public sector for the project to redevelop our intranet (inSite).

And the success looks set to continue as, in December, we were shortlisted for another national award in this year's National Children and Young People’s Mental Health Positive Practice Awards.

The Trust was also shortlisted in the Partnership Working/ Co-Production Category for the Debating Mental Health project, which ran November 16-April 17.The project, devised by SWLSTG CAMHS Participation Officer, Laura Tyrrell, was a partnership with the English-Speaking Union, the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and the London and South East CYPIAPT Learning collaborative and came about as a result of conversations with young people who said that mental health services are getting quite good at offering young people opportunities to be heard, but not so good at equipping them with the skills they felt they needed to access those opportunities and make the most of them.  They decided that they wanted to improve skills including organisation, public speaking, persuasive speaking and were fully involved in the direction of the programme

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Richmond and Barnes Hospitals Redevelopment

As part of the Trust's ongoing programme to modernise buildings and deliver more community services we have been developing options for our Richmond Royal and Barnes Hospital sites.

Richmond Borough update

The Richmond Royal and Barnes Hospital sites are currently underused and their condition and design make them unsuitable for modern mental health services.

Due to the listed status of the Richmond Royal site and the age of the buildings on both sites, it is not possible to create an environment to suitably meet modern mental health care standards for our patients and deliver a good working environment for our staff.

All surplus funds raised from any sales will be redirected into our frontline services across the five boroughs we serve. In addition, some of the funds raised will also be invested into the building of our two new state-of-the-art hospitals in Springfield and Tolworth. 

Richmond Royal

In December 2015, the Richmond Royal site was declared surplus in order to raise the funds needed to support our wider Estates Modernisation Programme. As a result the site was placed on the market in January 2017. We will be retaining a presence at Richmond Royal and intend to still provide high quality services from the site. Services and staff levels within the borough of Richmond will not be reduced as a result of the estates work and we are currently working with staff, patients and local representatives to establish some new locations within the borough for some of our services. 


 Inpatient services have not been provided at Barnes Hospital since 2013. The site is underused and its condition and design make it unsuitable for developing modern mental health inpatient care.

Following an initial stage of marketing to inform our options for the site, the Trust has been working with CPMG Architects to develop a vision for the site which could deliver new homes alongside improved healthcare facilities and provide land for a new school. The Trust will be retaining the Garden House and this will be used to continue to deliver existing services at Barnes Hospital and we are currently working with Richmond CCG to establish if other community healthcare uses could be placed on the site. 

We held a public consultation on Friday 10 and Monday 13 November on the plans for the Barnes Hospital site. You can view the exhibition boards below and submit comments through our survey:

Barnes exhibition boards

Next steps in the Barnes Hospital consultation – November 2017 update

At the start of November we held a two-day consultation to display our initial plans for the future of Barnes Hospital. Unfortunately due to an issue with the Royal Mail, our newsletter publicising the consultation was not delivered with the intended two weeks’ notice.

We fully appreciate the high level of local interest surrounding the development of this site and the need to provide sufficient notice of consultation events. Therefore, in order to ensure as many local residents can view the plans in person and give their feedback, we are holding a further date of public consultation in December.

This is taking place on:

Thursday 7 December 2017 from 4pm to 8pm

Garden House, Barnes Hospital, South Worple Way, SW14 8SU

Representatives of the Trust will be on hand to discuss the plans with you and listen to your views. We look forward to meeting you.

Additional Information

If you would like additional information regarding the work taking place in Richmond borough then please email


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