South London Mental Health and Community Partnership (SLP)
The 'South London Mental Health and Community Partnership' is a new and innovative collaboration between three leading mental health trusts.
Mental illness is the single largest cause of disability in the UK and each year about one in four people suffer from a mental health problem. The cost to the economy is estimated to be around £100 billion annually and with physical and mental health closely linked , people with severe and prolonged mental illness die on average 15 to 20 years earlier than other people.
The NHS Five Year Forward View (October 2014), recognised that there is no one-size fits all and set out the challenge for leading NHS trusts to respond to the needs of the community by working together to deliver a better NHS for patients.
As a result Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and South West London and St. George’s Mental Health NHS Trust are working together to spearhead a better mental health service across south London. This partnership is called the South London Mental Health and Community Partnership.
The partnership is the first of its kind in London and brings together the clinical expertise of thousands of NHS staff to help identify areas of best practice that will be rolled out consistently across south London in order to deliver a shared vision to improve patient care, the foundation stone of this partnership.
The three chief executives are dedicated to leaing high quality changes across South London so that patients continue to receive high quality care for generations to come as a result of this partnership. They believe that this pro-active approach will no doubt become the blueprint for sustainable mental health services across the country, ensuring patients continue to receive high quality care for generations to come. By delivering a smarter, and more joined up way of working, quality can be increased and costs driven down whilst protecting service
Annual Review 2017-18
Innovative and collaborative work to make a difference for mental health patients and staff in three Trusts across south London is highlighted in the South London Mental Health and Community Partnership (SLP) Annual Review for 2017-18.
Highlights from the SLP’s first full year include more south London children and young people, and Forensic adult patients cared for and supported towards rehabilitation and recovery closer to home.
New services have been developed, thanks to savings made in providing more efficient, local care. A major workplace programme is giving more learning and career development opportunities to the thousands of exceptional nursing staff working across the Trusts.
The SLP is a collaboration between Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust, between them delivering mental health services to a population of more than three million people.
The partnership brings together clinical expertise, experience and innovation, aiming to improve quality, use resources most effectively, and deliver best practice consistently to all patients.
You can read more about the SLP’s work in 2017-18 and plans for 2018-19 in this Annual Review. You can also read more about two of our programmes on blogs published this week on the NHSE website here: – Forensic Programme and CAMHS Programme.