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We understand that there is a lot of anxiety around the safety of the vaccines. The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are safe and effective. They will give you the best protection against coronavirus.
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.
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.
Trainees can apply for study leave and funding to revise for postgraduate exams and to attend external training.
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.
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.
Physical activity and exercise can also help you to:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you would like additional information regarding the work taking place in Richmond borough then please email email@example.com.