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    Welcome to South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust 

    We are proud to be a leading provider of mental health services in London and a beacon of excellence for many national services.

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    Patients rate Trust top in London in CQC Mental Health Survey

    In the latest CQC report of people who use community mental health services 2018, our patients have rated us top in London.

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    Developing world class mental health facilities

    We have been working with Summerstown182, a local award-winning community history project to showcase and capture images of our historic Springfield site prior to beginning our redevelopment of the estate in order to deliver two new mental health hospitals. Find out more about our plans.

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    Our nurses are amazing - Come and join them

    This International Nurses Day we are celebrating all the wonderful work that our nurses do. If you are thinking about a career in nursing have a look at everything we can offer to support you in your career. 

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Philip Murray

Director of Finance and Performance

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Philip joined the Trust, as our permanent Director of Finance and Performance, in March 2017.

Philip is a Certified Accountant with over 30 years of NHS and public sector experience encompassing time within Mental Health, Acute and community providers as well as within the commissioning environment. He has previously managed clinical services within a surgical  services directorate and has brought with him a wealth of knowledge and experience from across the wider NHS.

His position prior to joining the Trust was as Chief Finance Officer covering the two Clinical Commissioning Groups within  Buckinghamshire.

Vanessa Ford

Director of Nursing and Quality Standards

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Vanessa Ford joined the Trust as Director of Nursing and Quality Standards in May 2016.

Vanessa comes to the Trust with a wealth of experience, returning to the organisation where she completed her training more than 15 years ago, having previously been Director of Nursing Standards and Governance at West London Mental Health NHS Trust and both Interim Director of Nursing and Quality Assurance and Deputy Director of Nursing and Practice at Devon Partnership NHS Trust.

In addition to her NHS experience, Vanessa is one of two National Professional Advisors to the CQC for Mental Health Nursing, and is also a Honorary Lecturer at Kings College in London.

Vanessa is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and member of the Royal College of Nursing.

Amy Scammell

Acting Director of Strategy and Commercial Development

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Amy is currently the Acting Director of Strategy and Commercial Development.

Amy joined the Trust in 2015 as the Deputy Director of Strategy and Commercial Planning before moving into the Director role in 2018. Amy has worked in south London for several years. Prior to joining the Trust Amy’s most recent role was as a Divisional Director for Community Services at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust focusing on business development, performance and service improvement. Amy’s previous roles include work with Wandsworth PCT around performance and research and as a Senior Research Capability Fellow at London South Bank University. With a background in evaluation and research, Amy brings an interest in service redesign, development and transformation to the Director of Strategy and Commercial Development role.

Sarah

Staff Nurse and Preceptee Mentor

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We asked Sarah about her experiences working as a mental health nurse here at the Trust:

How long have you been working in mental health?

I have worked as a RMN within the Trust for just over a year but I have previous experience working with those within mental health as a HCA in an acute CAMHS inpatient unit whilst I was a student nurse.

Did you work in any other area before working in mental health?

I have worked as a support worker previously with children and adults with learning difficulties.

Why are you passionate about it?

I am passionate about working to support others and teaching which has always been an interest of mine.

What is one of the best things about working in mental health?

I love the hands on work and learning something new everyday working with patients aswell as alongside my colleagues

What is the one misconception you think is out there about mental health?

People with mental health problems can snap out of it or change if they tried hard enough.

 

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