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



Hear Us Open Forum Meeting – 7th January 2014

Matthew attended this meeting and has done great blogs and taken some lovely photos.

You can find them:

Slideshow Blog:

Audio Blog:


Transcript of audio and slideshow blog:

All well worth a look and a listen!

Happy New Year from Active Minds

Hi All,

It’s that time of year again when people are making resolutions to get a bit healthier so to help with that we are sending out our New Year programme of activities.

Active Minds Referral Form (July 2013)

new year 2014

Please share this with any of your service users who might benefit from joining Active Minds and feel free to contact us


Peter Rogers

Active Minds – Mind in Croydon

Orchard House, 15a Purley Road

South Croydon, CR2 6EZ

t: 020 8253 8206

m: 07754 828053



SLaM crisis leaflets

Crisis leaflet Croydon – 18 Dec formatted

Crisis leaflet Lambeth- 18 Dec 2013 formatted

Crisis leaflet Lewisham – 18 December 2013 formatted

Crisis leaflet Southwark – 18 December 2013 formatted

Mind in Croydon on BBC1

Hi Twig Ops,

Last Wednesday the Active Minds football group had a few select guests over for our training session.

Karthi Gnanasegaram came down with a Match of the Day  film crew and was joined by Joel Ward of Crystal Palace FC to record a piece about the benefits of the football group Mind in Croydon run in partnership with the Crystal Palace Foundation.

They spoke to Michael Harrington of the Crystal Palace Foundation, Mind in Croydon Chief Executive Richard Pacitti and team captain Paul Richards all to a backdrop of our players displaying their ‘silky’ skills before Joel Ward joined us for a kickabout.

This went out on match of the Day last Sunday but for anyone who missed it there’s a link below

many thanks

Peter Rogers

Active Minds – Mind in Croydon

Orchard House, 15a Purley Road

South Croydon, CR2 6EZ

t: 020 8253 8206

m: 07754 828053



Support Worker – Mental Health Care

Glen Care Group – Croydon
SUPPORT WORKERS RequiredThe London Treatment & Rehabilitation Centre is a thriving independent Hospital in the heart of Croydon’s vibrant multi-cultural community.

We are seeking enthusiastic and motivated Support Workers to work across our range of services at the Hospital. These include specialist Mental Health care services for both men and women and our new 16 bedded rehabilitation service which opened in January 2012:- Highgrove Lodge.

You will form an essential part of the therapeutic team at the hospital, promoting recovery principles and assisting each service user in maximising their individual potential.

You will need a flexible approach to working hours, be able to demonstrate good verbal and written communication skills and exhibit attitudes and behaviours reflective of Glen Care’s vision and values.

Applicants must have previous experience of working in the care industry.

Please apply via apply button provided.

£7.11 per hour

Candidates must be authorised to work in the EEC.

Apply via

Via Matthew

Active Minds

Hi All

Please find the attached information for Active Minds Autumn activities.

Autumn 2013

Ball room dance poster autum 13

Thank you,


On Behalf of

Peter Rodgers

Orchard House Mind in Croydon






PDF here: november 2013

England’s mental health services ‘in crisis’

The mental health service in England is in crisis and unsafe, says one of the country’s leading psychiatrists.

Dr Martin Baggaley, medical director of the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, spoke out as an investigation by BBC News and Community Care magazine reveals more than 1,500 mental health beds have closed in recent years.

Many trusts have all their beds filled.

Care Minister Norman Lamb said the current situation was “unacceptable” and provision must improve.

While there was a drive to treat more people in the community, he said beds must be available when patients needed them.

System ‘inefficient, unsafe’

Freedom of Information requests were sent to 53 of England’s 58 mental health trusts, by BBC News and Community Care, and 46 trusts replied.

The figures show that a minimum of 1,711 mental health beds have been closed since April 2011, including 277 between April and August 2013.

This represents a 9% reduction in the total number of mental health beds – 18,924 – available in 2011/12.

Three quarters of the bed closures were in acute adult wards, older people’s wards and psychiatric intensive care units.

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust has cut its inpatient beds by 157, while St George’s and South West London has removed 155 beds.

Behind the statistics lie the consequences for staff and patients.

On the morning Dr Baggaley spoke to the BBC, he said a severely distressed patient had been transferred from Croydon to Hertfordshire as there were no beds in London.

He has 50 patients in beds outside his trust, some as far away as Somerset.

He said: “We are in a real crisis at the moment. I think currently the system is inefficient, unsafe.

“We’re certainly feeling it on the front line, it’s very pressured, and we spend a lot of our time struggling to find beds, sending people across the country which is really not what I want to do.”

Increased demand

Lucy Bowden sought voluntary psychiatric help, and was told no beds were available

Lucy Bowden ended up in the back of a police van due to a lack of beds after voluntarily seeking help.

The 33-year-old, who self-harms, was left wandering around the grounds of her local accident and emergency unit after being told there were no psychiatric beds available after she’d been treated following an episode.

Eventually the police were called, who had to section her to force her local psychiatric hospital to provide her with care.

She recalls: “They couldn’t find anywhere so they were saying I’d have to go in to police custody, in a police station which would mean I’d have to go into a cell. Eventually they found a bed and I had to go into the back of a police van, in the cage in the back. It was horrible.”

The bed closures are only part of the problem.

There is also increasing demand for mental health services, according to Dr Baggaley.

Dr Martin Baggaley: “There seems to be a genuine increase in demand”

“There seems to be a genuine increase in demand,” he said. “That’s partly explained by a reduction in beds, by resources coming out of the health system, the squeeze on social services budgets, and by the general economic situation.”

Average occupancy levels in acute adult and psychiatric beds are running at 100% according to the FOI figures from 28 trusts.

Half of these trusts had levels of more than 100%; all of them had occupancy rates above the 85% recommended by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

The problems of running at capacity are highlighted by the tragic case of Mandy Peck. The 39-year-old told psychiatric staff she was feeling suicidal but her local mental health service centre said they had no beds available. A day later she jumped to her death from a multi-storey car park. A subsequent investigation found that a bed had actually been available.

Care Minister Norman Lamb said: “Current levels of access to mental health treatment are unacceptable. There is an institutional bias in the NHS against mental health and I am determined to end this.

“More people are being treated in the right settings for them, including fewer people needing to go into hospitals. It is essential that people get the treatment they need early and in the community but beds must be available if patients need them.”

Dr Geraldine Strathdee, National Clinical Director for Mental Health from NHS England, said the key was to strike the right balance between providing sufficient hospital beds and helping patients to be treated at home, or in the community.

“We need to make sure the people who are commissioning services have the information they need about the level of need in their area. We have to get this right for people.”

Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of the charity SANE, said: “It is all too easy to find the cuts demanded by NHS efficiency savings in mental health.

“If a patient has heart failure or is in a coma, a bed has to be found. But for a person in mental distress, this is not seen to be as necessary.

“Being turned away when seeking help only reinforces patients’ feelings of rejection and hopelessness and can in our experience drive them to suicide.”

Via via Bridget