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.
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.”
I hope that this finds you well.
There are spaces available at our upcoming event on Tuesday 3 June, 6- 8pm at Cambridge House (SE5 0HF) which is for local people and GP staff, as part of National Patient Participation Group week (2 – 7 June).
This event will be an interactive and practical session for patients and practice staff. So, if you are involved in a patient group, would like to be, or simply want to find out more about raising the patient voice in Southwark come along and join us.
At the event we will be recognising the contributions local people make to their GP practice and patient groups, share examples of the good work that is happening and provide top tips to help continue to develop patient groups in the borough.
If you have any examples of good patient engagement with local practices that you want to be able to share at the event then please do get in touch and let us know. You can book your place directly online, or by calling 020 7525 7888. You can also see details on our public website as part of the get involved pages.
Membership, Engagement and Communications
NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group
Postal Address: 1st Floor, Hub 5, PO Box 64529 London SE1P 5LX
Base: 160 Tooley St London SE1 2QH
Telephone: 020 7525 7888
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The best possible health outcomes for Southwark people
We would like to invite you as local stakeholders to share your views on health services in south east London.
South East London Five Year Commissioning Strategy
The six NHS organisations (Clinical Commissioning Groups – or CCGs) in south east London with the job of planning and buying local healthcare services, are working in close partnership with local councils, NHS hospitals, mental health and community service providers and with local people, patients and other key stakeholders to develop a new five year commissioning strategy for health services across south east London.
The aim of the strategy is to improve health services for everyone in the London boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham, and Southwark. The strategy will address those issues that cannot be solved by one area alone or where there is more that can be achieved by working together.
As part of the wider engagement across south east London, we are holding two engagement events in early June 2014. The events will be independently facilitated. In addition to learning more about the partners’ shared emerging vision for local healthcare services, you will have the opportunity to help shape the strategy across seven key areas:
Urgent and emergency care
Primary and community care
Children and young people
Integrated care for physical and mental health
Feedback from the events will be independently analysed and used to inform how we develop the strategy further and published as part of our engagement feedback on the CCGs’ websites.
Time and location:
You are invited to attend one of the engagement events – please click on the link below to make an online booking:
Tuesday 03 June 2014, 1.30pm arrival for a 2pm start to 5pm
Park Plaza, Victoria
239 Vauxhall Bridge Road
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Wednesday 18 June 2014, 1.30pm arrival for a 2pm start to 5pm
Charlton FC, Greenwich
The Valley, Floyd Road
Each event will have capacity for up to 100 participants. Please RSVP for the event on the date of your choice by 27 May 2014. Please note that attendance at these events is on a first come first served basis and we will ensure there is a balance of representatives from across the boroughs. If we have reached our booked capacity, we will add you to a waiting list.
Thank you in advance for your interest. We hope that you will be able to prioritise your attendance as we are keen to ensure that your views continue to be heard as a vital part of developing the strategy.
If you have any questions, please contact Ingrid Prikken via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 239 7828.
South East London Commissioning Strategy
Stuff & Nonsense 2 – Wonder in Number and Film!
Our monthly creative theme of Stuff & Nonsense continues, and with it being 14.04.14 there is a particular curiosity for numbers in the programme. Declan will be exploring Number Fun at 2.22 pm and Max considering The Value of Pi/Pie at 3.14 pm – when number meets nutrition.
There are 2 art workshops to enjoy between 2-4 pm – Hearing Trumpet mask making, and fabric work with Pinky from CRAFTmate. Lots else to get involved with including the return of In Conversation with Alan at 7 pm and if you’d rather sit back and be transported into a world of wonder, then we will be having a Film Night from 6.30 pm.