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

Psychological Medicine Clinical Academic Group Service User & Carer Advisory Group July 2012 briefing

July 2012 Briefing: briefing – july 2012

Views and comments from SLaM service users and carers on any of the above issues, as well
as feedback on how you would like the Psychological Medicine Service User & Carer Advisory
Group to develop its strategic work with SLaM, are welcome. Please contact Alice Glover,
Patient & Public Involvement Lead on 0203 228 0959 or email

Psychological Medicine Clinical Academic Group Service User & Carer Advisory Group

The Psychological Medicine Clinical Academic Group runs services across the South London
and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM). The services include emergency access
services (such as home treatment services, a&e psychiatric liaison), complex care services
(such as eating disorders, chronic fatigue, mother & baby services) and neurosciences
services (such as brain injury). Advisory group members have experience of services either
as service users or family members/carers. We work with the senior managers to keep the
views of service users & carers at the heart of all service developments and improvements. To
make sure that people know what we are discussing in our meetings, we have developed this
short briefing sheet:

From the Mood, Anxiety and Personality Advisory Group: June 2012 briefing sheet

MAP Briefing Sheet 2: June 2012: Briefing SheetJune12

Views and comments from SLaM service users and carers on any of the above issues, as
well as feedback on how you would like the ‘Mood, Anxiety & Personality Clinical
Academic Group (MAP CAG) Advisory Group’ to develop its strategic work with SLaM, are
welcome. Please contact Alice Glover, Patient & Public Involvement Lead on 0203 228
0959 or email
MAP CAG Advisory Group

The MAP CAG stands for Mood, Anxiety & Personality Clinical Academic Group – an
organisational structure which manages services for mood, anxiety & personality disorder
across the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM). The Advisory
Group members have experience of using mental health services and meet every month.
We work with the senior management of the mood, anxiety & personality disorder
services to keep the views of service users at the heart of all service developments and
improvements. To make sure that people know what we are discussing in our meetings
we have developed this short briefing sheet.

Make Brixton Mindful

Launching at the Mind Body  & Soul event at Brixton Market (Station Rd) on the 28th of July 2012 the “Make Brixton Mindful“  campaign has three aims:

1) provide information about mindfulness and it’s benefits

2) provide information to the local community about where they can access mindfulness activities and most importantly….

3) plant the seeds of mindfulness in Brixton by supporting local people to complete one mindful activity as they go about their day.

Click here for info about an exciting (and semi SECRET) community activity planned for 17.05 on July 28th 2012…..

And here to join the Make Brixton Mindful Facebook Community.

A new vacancy within the Vocation Matters project in Stockwell, Lambeth

The Vacancy is for a Peer Education Support Officer. This is an important role assisting individuals who use mental health services with their education needs.

The post is fixed term for 3 years working for 3 days per week (22.5 hours)

**We positively encourage applications from individuals with personal experience of using mental health services**

Please forward this to anyone who might be interested in this role.

Kindred Minds: current programme

PoP-In: Every two weeks on Thursdays 12-2pm, Indian Head Massage, chill and chat at Cambridge House.

Free 1-2-1 weekly sessions of Life Coaching – contact Humphrey for more info on

Kindred Minds theatre group meet every week on Friday 2-4pm at Inspire St.Peter’s Church, Liverpool Grove, nr East Street Market, Walworth SE17 2HH

‘Tree of Life’ developed in an African context, the emphasis is on strength and culture and is applicable across cultures – come and explore your ‘Tree of Life’ in workshops run by Kindred MInds members. Register your interest – coming soon.

Also coming soon: TalkShop – a men’s debating group – register your interest now

Join us on Facebook: Kindred Minds

Text us your full name on our mobile number 07809 701 434 if you wish to receive text messages of Kindred Minds events.

Helen George

Admin Support

Southwark Mind

020 7735 7030




Cordially invites you to:           

Kindred Minds PoP-In!

Date: Thursday 26th July 2012

Time: 12-2pm

Place: Cambridge House, 1 Addington Square (off Camberwell Road), SE5 0HF

  • Have you experienced mental health challenges or experience mental health distress?
  • Would you like to talk about current changes in services?
  • Would you like to learn about new topics to improve your overall well-being and learn about different cultural activities?
  • Would you like to put activities into action that will make you feel better?

Then you will benefit by joining us!

What will happen at the PoP-In?

  • There will be the opportunity to discuss what matters to you, find out information, chat with others.
  • Massage will be on offer.
  • We will be joined by published poet Dermoth Alexander Henry who has used Mental Health Services.
  • There will be the chance for you to explore your possible poetic creativity.
  • We will have light refreshments!

Dermoth Alexander Henry.

Poetry from a Blackman’s prospective, is not seen as emotional, for emotions is feelings, where as it is the heart that controls the mind, for instance you could be sad and write about something that makes you feel glad or visa versa. When I write I try to balance stable with stability, nothing is seen as controversial.

Would you like more information?  Then please contact:  Renuka, Humphrey, or Sam.  Telephone: 020 7358 7030.  Email:  Website:

We look forward to meeting you!

A user-run mental health project for service users/survivors from BME background living in Southwark and nearby areas.

Mad Confessions: Tune in tonight

Ruby Wax will appear in a groundbreaking TV documentary this evening to highlight the problems surrounding mental illness – and she chose to film at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust as part of her drive to raise awareness.

The hour-long Channel 4 programme sees the comedian talking frankly about her own problems with depression, her mission to end stigma and encouraging people to be open about their own mental illness.

Ruby visited the Maudsley hospital twice and chatted to several service users about their issues and experiences and shared some of her own, which involved suffering huge bouts of depression. She also had a few laughs and a long chat with Professor Dinesh Bhugra, Honorary Consultant at SLaM and Professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity, who discussed how mental illness in the work place is more widely recognised now but there is still a “great deal of progress” to be made.

The filming was for Ruby Wax’s Mad Confessions, which is part of a week-long campaign on Channel 4 to encourage openness and tackle the stigma experienced by people with mental health problems.

To watch Ruby talking to SLaM staff and service users tune into Channel 4 tonight at 10pm.



DATE: 7th August 2012

TIME: from 1pm

Venue: CVA (Croydon Voluntary Action) – 82, London Road, West Croydon (opposite Lidl), CR0 2TB


The Meeting You Can’t Afford to Miss!!

GUEST SPEAKERS: ATOS – the company who carry out the medical assessments on behalf of the DWP (Department of Work and Pensions) for people being moved from income support or incapacity benefit onto Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

  • Come and ask ATOS YOUR questions
  • find out about the medicals, and
  • give your experience ‘straight to the horse’s mouth’

If you or someone you care for has been through a medical assessment or has any questions or concerns about the assessments – now is your chance to air your views and opinions.

Hear Us will also be holding ‘focus groups’ and will send your opinions to ‘people who can best help influence change’

We start at 1pm with ‘tea and cake’ – this is a great chance to meet other likeminded people and for organisations/services to network.

Look forward to seeing you there.