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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.

Courses

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.

The awards cover categories which are open to individuals, teams as well as community organisations and the categories include two awards which are nominated by patients, carers and members of the public.

Public nominations for "Patients' Champion Award" and "Mental Health Advocate"  closed on Friday 19 October 2018. The winners will be announced at the Award ceremony on 29 November.  

Last year's winners

  • 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

 

 

 

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Richmond and Barnes Hospitals Redevelopment

As part of the Trust's Integrated Programme to modernise buildings and deliver more community services we have been progressing plans for the Richmond Royal and Barnes Hospital sites.

Richmond Borough

The Richmond Royal and Barnes Hospital sites were underused, and their condition and design made 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 was 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. The Trust has been progressing disposal and re-development plans for the sites.

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 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 and sold in March 2018. We will be retaining a presence at Richmond Royal and intend to continue to 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.

Building works are progressing on a new 500m2 healthcare facility at Richmond Royal. To ensure this does not disrupt delivery of care, some services were temporarily relocated to Barnes Hospital, with others relocated to the Maddison Clinic in Teddington.

Works are ongoing and upon completion we will be relocating Richmond Child Adolescent Mental Health Services from Barnes to Richmond Royal in late 2022.

Barnes

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. The Trust will be retaining part of the site and this will be used to continue to deliver the existing mental health services at Barnes Hospital.

Following an initial stage of marketing to inform our options for the site during 2017, the Trust began working to develop a vision for the site. Public consultations for a new planning application were held in November and December 2017. The events were well attended and following feedback from the public, the plans have been revised and the Trust held a further two public exhibitions in September 2018. 

Alongside the planning application, the Trust were progressing its plans for disposing part of the site in order to provide funding for the Estate Modernisation Programme. In March 2019 the Trust sold half of the Barnes Hospital site to a residential developer. 

The Trust had planning permission approved at committee in September 2020 for a new mixed-use development comprising a health centre and a Special Educational Needs School, supporting both education and mental health needs for the community.  The Trust continues to work with LocatED, an arm’s length body of the Department for Education, to build these new facilities at the Barnes site, due to open in late 2023.

Additional Information

If you would like additional information regarding the work taking place in Richmond borough then please email estatemodernisation@swlstg.nhs.uk

 

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