Do you want to help improve research opportunities within the Trust?

Over the last two years, we at the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health and Dementia Unit at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London have been developing ways in which service users can find out about research opportunities within the Trust.

We want to improve the ways in which people can find out and participate in our research, and are therefore running a brief monitoring activity across the Trust.

We want to run this exercise in order to improve how research is communicated across the Trust. This is a one-time activity and all participants will receive detailed feedback about the results of our evaluation. We will also let you know what improvements we will be making as a result of this activity.

We wish to hear from people who:

  • Are currently using SLaM services
  • Have used/are using services to help with symptoms of psychosis

If interested, please contact Konstantina Papoulia at the Institute of Psychiatry (tel: 02078480502; email: konstantina.papoulia@kcl.ac.uk)


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)