We are closely linked to clinical services for people with learning (intellectual) disabilities that are provided by the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, including the Mental Health Learning Disabilities Service and the National Autism Unit
Mental Health Learning Disabilities Service (MHLD)
The MHLD Service consists of psychiatrists, community psychiatric nurses, clinical psychologists, and behavioural support therapists. MHLD provides services across Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark and Croydon (where psychology is a non-SLaM provision). The service works closely with the local health Community Teams for Adults with Learning Disabilities (CLDTs), Social Services and local mental health services.
At a clinical level the service offers highly specialised assessment, advice, treatment and prevention of mental health problems. Interventions may be home or outpatient based, depending on the needs of the individual. The MHLD Service uses all the facilities of mainstream mental health services, including acute and medium stay in-patient beds, and a variety of community resources. The service offers a variety of therapies such as cognitive behaviour therapy, counselling and positive behavioural interventions.
The Service delivers education and training for medical students, doctors and nurses. We also undertake research in the field of autism and learning disabilities.
The Service also offers a variety of training initiatives in collaboration with the Estia Centre, including tailor made training packages for individual teams or service users. Our clinicians offer consultation and support to other clinical services, such as mainstream community and inpatient services and organisations that provide direct support to service users.
For more information regarding clinical services contact 020 3228 5540 or 020 3228 1057
National Autism Unit
The National Autism Unit is a national service for adults with autism spectrum disorder who have additional mental health difficulties and offending or challenging behaviour, based at the Bethlem Royal Hospital in Beckenham. The Team includes highly skilled, multi-professional senior clinicians and internationally renowned academics, working together to translate cutting edge research into best clinical practice. Committed to facilitating rapid recover, and assist patients in the transition towards a less restrictive community setting. For information click here