King’s Health Partners: hospital merger could be completed in 2014

Plans to merge Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust with King’s College Hospital and the South London and Maudsley Trust have moved a step closer.

The boards of Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS foundation trusts have each agreed to continue exploring plans for an organisational merger and a strengthened partnership with King’s College London, their joint academic partner.

The proposal is set out in a strategic outline case which was approved by each of the boards and King’s College London, although the college would not be a legal partner in any merger.

“The new organisation would mean better care for our patients, a faster translation of research into treatments and an integration of mental and physical health rarely seen elsewhere,” says Professor Sir Robert Lechler, executive director of King’s Health Partners.

“It would give us the opportunity to create a world leading institution, capable of attracting the best clinicians, that our patients, communities and staff can be proud of.”

If a full business case for this proposal is approved by the boards of the organisations and the regulators, the merger could take legal effect in 2014 – though the partners have warned that uncertainty created by the Government’s NHS reforms could delay the process.

The new organisation would have a turnover of about £2.6 billion and around 29,000 staff, but – it is claimed – would be structured so that decisions were taken locally, giving staff greater autonomy and making the organisation more accountable to its patients and commissioners.

The partners have also made clear that key services such as accident and emergency and maternity units would still be provided at both St Thomas’ Hospital and King’s College Hospital.

Please read if you have had an ATOS assessment

From the wonderful website ‘benefits and work’

You don’t have to be a member to see this

Professor Harrington who has been doing the review into ATOS wants to hear from anyone who has been through the ATOS assessment as to whether the changes he has recommended are making a difference. It’s basically whether we (service users) are being dealt with fairly and effectively since the changes were made.

Benefits and Work have put together a questionnaire and so it’s important that all of us who have suffered at the hands of ATOS  fill this in and it will then be forwarded to Prof Harrington. Not much time – it has to be back by the 7th September.
The questionaire can be found at:

To see the full Harrington report:

Your Recovery!

~Proposal for a film about people’s recovery from mental illness~


Do you have experience of mental illness? Would you like to share your experiences and contribute to a documentary film as an interviewee?


We are a collective of budding filmmakers with experience of mental ill health ourselves. Each of us has a unique recovery story, and we are interested in yours!


There’s no obligation to say anything you don’t wish say, the form of the interview will be entirely led by you, and with your permission we would like to film you, and record your spoken voice


Are you a health care professional? Would you like to contribute in an informed recovery model based approach, also through the means of being interviewed about your own insight and experience with people’s recovery


If you are interested and would like to find out more.


Please feel free to get in touch with:

Andrew Locke

Andrew Mulholland

Stuart Clayton

Panorama Monday 30th July

Dear All,

Just to let you all know that the Panorama programme on BBC 1 this Monday is about the effects of the welfare benefits on disability and a focus on mental health – some of the report is from the Maudsley.


World’s maddest job interview: Channel 4 on demand


I wondered if the above would be of interest for the blog.

I watched the first programme last night – it is still available on Channel 4 on Demand.

It was really interesting – by the end the interviewers said that before this if they had seen “sectioned” or “mental health issue” on anyone’s CV they would not have considered employing them – they now would.

Best wishes


National framework to improve mental health and wellbeing published

The government has published the Mental health implementation framework, which sets out what organisations can do to make the 6 high-level objectives of the mental health strategy No Health without Mental Health a reality.

The framework has been coproduced with 5 leading mental health organisations,Centre for Mental HealthMindNHS Confederation Mental Health Network,Rethink Mental Illness and Turning Point. It highlights useful guidance and sources of information to help local organisations use their existing powers and resources to improve mental health and wellbeing.

Today Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Care Services Minister Paul Burstow will call on employers to take 5 simple steps to improve the mental health of their staff. Mental ill health costs British businesses over £1000 per employee every year, or almost £30 billion across the UK economy. This is mostly in lost production through staff being off work or underperforming at work.

The Mental health implementation framework sets out what employers, schools, businesses, local authorities, housing organisations, voluntary groups and health and care organisations can do to promote good mental health, whether it’s clinical commissioning groups appointing mental health leads, schools developing awareness programmes to help staff recognise pupils at risk, or employers supporting the mental health of their workforce.

The framework also announces a new mental health dashboard, which will provide a picture of overall progress towards implementing the mental health strategy.

No health without mental health: implementation framework (PDF, 3M)

Impact Assessment supplementary note (PDF, 140K)

REPORT ON STAKEHOLDER INVOLVEMENT in the proposed changes to psychological therapy services in Lambeth Southwark & Lewisham

During the development of the new integrated psychological therapy services in Lambeth, Southwark & Lewisham, stakeholders have been involved in a number of ways as outlined in the following reports:

· ‘Report on Stakeholder Involvement in the proposed changes to psychological therapy services in Lambeth, Southwark & Lewisham April/May 2012’ June 2012
· ‘Involving stakeholders in the development of the proposed changes to psychological therapies services’ April 2012
· ‘Find Out/Talk About – Involvement Report following stakeholder meeting’ – November 2011


1) the report of the stakeholder engagement around psychological therapies is here: report june 2012

2) an update giving some examples of how feedback has influenced the plans is here: july 2012 feedback influencing plans update