South London and Maudsley psychiatric board to be investigated The Maudsley Hospital

The board of an NHS foundation trust which delivers psychiatric care in south London is to be investigated.

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust’s board will be reviewed by health regulator Monitor.

The investigation will look at whether the trust has effective systems in place to identify and solve problems regarding patients’ quality of care.

The trust said it “welcomed” the review and was “delighted” to have the chance to analyse its systems.

Mark Turner, regional director at Monitor, said: “Our focus will be on whether the board is providing strong enough leadership to ensure that patients always receive quality care.”

The organisation provides services in Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark and also provides care in Kent.

In a statement, the trust said: “We share the regulator’s aims of providing strong leadership and ensuring our patients always receive quality care.

“SLaM (South London and Maudsley NHS Trust) provides the widest range of mental health services in the UK and we are delighted to have the chance to work with Monitor in reviewing our systems to ensure they are continually refreshed and improved upon.”

An announcement about the outcome of the investigation will be made in due course.

Last year a Freedom of Information request submitted by the BBC revealed that from 2005-2012 nearly 100 people were killed by mental health patients in London.

South London and Maudsley NHS Trust had the highest number of deaths, with 31 people being convicted.


Mental health workers to help Met Police on call-outs

Police are to be given access to specialist staff 24 hours, seven-days-a-week, to support people with mental health problems.

A new one-year pilot scheme will be trialled by Met officers in Lambeth, Lewisham, Croydon and Southwark.

In Lambeth and Southwark, mental health professionals will also be available to accompany police on visits.

A spokeswoman for NHS England London said the service plans to roll out the project across London.

The Mental Health Police Triage Service for London comes after the introduction of a separate scheme which saw mental health nurses being based in some police stations and courts.

Police in the four boroughs will have access to a 24-hour helpline manned by mental health professionals, who can give advice to officers attending call-outs and also advise if the person being dealt with is already known to the profession.

The pilot was started in April and launched officially earlier, and will run until April 2015.

Kate Davies, NHS England’s head of health and justice commissioning, said: “Many people who come into contact with the police have not committed a crime but are simply ill, and they are often going through some of the most difficult times in their lives.

“This scheme is about supporting police officers to make the right decisions about how to manage these situations, whether that means taking somebody to a place of safety or assisting them in the community with the help of a mental health professional.”

Mind in Croydon Positive Steps

Positive Steps – A 15km Charity Walk

Lloyd Park, Croydon

24th May 2014

Positive Steps is back on this year and we are expecting it to be bigger and better than last year!

You can see all the photos from last year on our Facebook page.

We had a brilliant pilot event in 2013, everyone involved had fun and we raised a bit of cash too. So the date is in the diary, the park is booked and we are keen to get your registrations in early.

Last year, the amazing Ronnie Corbett came to open the event. We are yet to confirm who will be opening the 2014 event and we will release this information as soon as we can!


Hear Us Open Forum Meeting held on 4 March 2014

Matthew has done a audio blog of this meeting.

The theme was “Are you affected by bipolar or depression?”.







Go on…..push the button or visit the Hear Us website: (and scroll to the bottom of the page)

As part of the Time to Change, Time to Talk campaign to show that it’s the little things which make a big difference, over 1,000 activities are taking place up and down the country tomorrow to get people talking about mental health. There are a number of activities taking part in Croydon tomorrow, so if you have time:

1. Between 11am and 2pm, pop down to the MIND building in Altyre Road, (near East Croydon station) for tea, homemade cake and a conversation about mental health.

2. Between 2pm and 4.30pm: borrow a book from our Living Library, with MIND in Croydon and Hear Us, at Croydon Library, Katherine Street (Clock tower)

Please click here to view the poster.

We can offer tea, coffee, and cake, while having a chat about mental health with someone who has lived experience

We will also be on Twitter all day encouraging you to talk about mental health so please get online and start a conversation. Don’t forget to use #TimetoTalk.

For more information about ways to get involved including tips and hints about starting your own ‘mental health conversation’, please visit the Time to Change Website, You will find materials to download and lots more………including a competition called:  how to  “have a conversation to win a conversation”

With Kind regards

Jane White (Hear Us)



Jobs and one voluntary opportunity

Some job Ads may very expire soon


Department Co-ordinator – Leading Mental Health Charity


Bromley & Lewisham Mind: Peer Support Manager


Bromley & Lewisham Mind: Peer Support Coordinator


PR & Communications Officer

Location: Southwark, London

(CALM, the campaign against living miserably, is a charity dedicated to preventing male suicide in the UK, which accounts for around 77% of all suicides.)


Drug and Alcohol Recovery Worker–South East London


Discharge Co-ordinator

EmployerKing’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


NHS Job Index (South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust)


Volunteer Data Service Administrator – North Westminster Drug & Alcohol Service


Mental Health Support Worker – Croydon

Via Matthew


Living library Event

Ever wanted to ask a book a question?  Now you can……

Living Library Event on Thursday 6th February 2014  2pm – 4.30pm, Level 2 Croydon Central Library

Mind in Croydon, Hear Us and Time to Change,  are bringing books to life by putting ‘Living Books’ on the shelf to borrow as part of national time to talk day

We are excited to say Active Minds are running another Living Library event at Croydon Central library in conjuction with Hear us. It woud lbe great to see you there. We are also in need of people to volunteer as ‘books’ and ‘shelf monitors’ so let me know if you are intersted. We need ‘books’ with all sorts of expereinces, including thouse who work in mental health to be living books-please see attached for more details or give me a call,  I would also be greatfull if you could send this to your contacts and display the attached poster.

library press release final

living library poster 2

Thank you!

Dora Crook

Active Minds – Mind in Croydon

Orchard House, 15a Purley Road

South Croydon, CR2 6EZ

t: 020 8253 8206/5  07704793811