Official launch of new Talking Therapies service (19 December 2012)
SLaM was visited by Care and Support Services Minister, Norman Lamb, who officially launched our new Talking Therapies service for psychosis. SLaM has been awarded funding by the Department of Health for a new Improving Access to Psychological Services (IAPT) scheme for people suffering with psychosis. The pioneering service means 50pc more patients are likely to get some form of therapeutic help for their condition. The event was covered on ITV London Tonight. There was also an interview with the Minister in the Health Service Journal.
Britain's top children's doctor (15 December 2012)
Professor Janet Treasure was named as one of Britain’s top children’s doctors by The Times magazine. The in-depth feature discusses Janet’s work across eating disorders services, in particular the relatively unknown but serious illness of diabulimia – bulimia in diabetics. There is also an interview with Steff Mortlock, a 19-year-old who was an inpatient at the Eating Disorders Unit at Bethlem Royal Hospital for several months. The Times magazine
Largest study of crack cocaine users in the UK (1 December 2012)
An article about the largest randomised control study of Contingency Management with crack cocaine users in the UK – a partnership between SLaM and Blenheim - featured in Drink and Drug News.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder hits the headlines (24 November 2012)
A feature in the Daily Telegraphabout Body Dysmorphic Disorder which includes an interview with SLaM’s Dr David Mataix-Colis. Daily Telegraph
Male eating disorders discussed (20 November 2012)
Professor Janet Treasure, Director of SLaM’s Eating Disorder Service, spoke about anorexia and bulimia on BBC Five Live. She was interviewed about eating disorders, particularly in males, after cricketing legend Freddie Flintoff admitted he suffered with anorexia during his professional years of playing the sport.
Hard-hitting report on schizophrenia (14 November 2012)
The Pulse, Guardian and BBC News reported on the results of a hard hitting report by the Schizophrenia Commission which highlighted “catastrophic failings” in England regarding the treatment of individuals with schizophrenia. One of the reports presenters was David Taylor, Director of Pharmacy and Pathology at SLaM and Professor of Psychopharmacy at King’s College London. Recommendations included more Early Intervention Services for people with schizophrenia and psychosis. Guardian
The use of party drugs (7 November 2012)
James Bell, our Consultant Physician in Addiction Services, appeared on BBC London’s Breakfast Show to discuss the use of party drugs.
Ground-breaking detection trial at SLaM (4 – 11 November 2012)
Several local and national publications reported on the new dementia detection trial in which SLaM is heavily involved. The Guardian, Health Service Journal, Daily Express, Daily Mail, Southwark News and many more covered the news on the pioneering service which we offer at SLaM but it could be rolled out across the country to help reduce the diagnosis time for dementia. Daily Express
How we have helped empower patients (2 November 2012)
Ehealth Insider took a look at how SLaM is engaging with patients though Myhealthlocker. They reported on how the new system, previously MyHealthBox, has helped empower patients by giving them more control over their health records.
Myhealthlocker is being used for patients to provide feedback on their treatment and fill out surveys. They can also choose for their information to be shared for research. ehealthinsider
The link between mental and physical wellbeing (1 November 2012)
An article in Therapy Today about the link between happiness and better physical and mental wellbeing in older age. Includes an interview with Steve Boddington, Head of Psychology and Psychological Therapies for Older People at SLaM. Therapy Today
Jo Brand creates laughs for SLaM (25 October 2012)
Comedy SLaM at the Southbank Centre will feature top comedians including Jo Brand and Robin Ince. Appeared in various publications, including the Bromley Times and South London Press Comedy SLaM
Football to mark World Mental Health Day (20 October 2012)
Millwall Community Scheme and South East Lions worked in partnership with SLaM to host a 5-aside football tournament to mark World Mental Health Day. Appeared in Southwark News.
The number of heroin addicts in the UK falls (4 October 2012)
SLaM’s Dr Adam Winstock was interviewed by Channel 4 News about a report which found that the number of heroin addicts in the UK has dropped. Dr Winstock said that that alcohol remains the biggest untreated drug problem in the UK today.
SLaM is highly commended at HSJ Awards (3 October 2012)
SLaM was highly commended at the HSJ Awards ceremony in the Innovation in Mental Health category. Myhealthlocker was recognised as a scheme which empowers patients and encourages them to interact with their own care staff. myhealthlocker
Focus on the history of Bethlem Royal Hospital (1 October 2012)
BBC History Magazine ran a feature on Bethlem Royal Hospital. BRU is one of the world’s oldest hospitals for the treatment of mental illness and was founded in 1247. The magazine shows how BRU, now in Bromley, continues to provide extensive services to provide services for the mentally ill.
Mental health discussed live on national radio (29 September 2012)
Radio Five Live came into Maudsley Hospital for a two-hour live broadcast on a wide range of mental health problems. There were a number of guests including former service users and clinicians. The debate covered major issues in mental health, including the links between physical and mental illness, depression, eating disorders and medication.
The link between happiness and high IQs (26 September 2012)
SLaM’s consultant psychiatrist and Director of Public Mental Health, Dr Jonathan Campion, speaks to BBC News about the relationship between high IQs and happiness. A study of almost 7,000 people showed low intelligence was often linked with lower income and poor mental health – which contributed to unhappiness. The findings were also published in the journal Psychological Medicine.
Ronald: a solo exhibition at the Bethlem Gallery (31 August, 2012)
The Croydon Advertiser highlighted the new exhibition at Bethlem Gallery by former patient of Bethlem Royal Hospital, Ronald. The exhibition is part of a wider programme, "Outside In", a platform for 'outsider' artists. The programme is for artists who find it difficult to access the art world due to health, disability, social circumstance or because their work does not conform to what is normally considered art.
How a diagnosis from Maudsley changed ADHD sufferer, Francesca (26 August, 2012)
In a personal story from Francesca in The Sun, Francesca reveals how a diagnosis from the Maudsley Hospital changed her life after many years of living with ADHD. Since the diagnosis Francesca has become a mother and has learnt ways to manage and keep her adult ADHD in check for herself and her daughter's wellbeing. The Sun (Fabulous)
BMJ discusses patient controlled records (25 August, 2012)
The British Medical Journal has discussed the ever increasing pros of online patient records mentioning the development of myhealthlocker by SLaM. Doctors who have started using shared accessed records systems pass on good reports saying that it is cutting down the number of consultations and the time spent on phone calls. British Medical Journal
BBC4 features SLaM treatment of OCD for children (18 August, 2012)
In Growing Children, a three part series on children's mental health conditions, Laverne Antrobus meets Jonathan who lives with OCD. Laverne gets an inside look at Jonathan's life and his five-day therapy at Maudsley Hospital. Doctors also show Laverne how the brain develops and take her through the latest research in OCD. BBC4 Growing Children
SLaM leading the way in brain scan research (16 August, 2012)
Bromley Times and the News Shopper reported the exciting news that SLaM carries out more research than any other mental health trust in the country. The Trust's research has included major developments in brain scans diagnosing autism and early signs of Alzheimer's disease.
Ruby Wax appears in Channel 4 TV documentary to fight mental illness stigma (20 July, 2012)
The South London Press has promoted the upcoming TV documentary Mad Confessions (23 July) with Ruby Wax who talks opening about her problems with depression and visits the Maudsley Hospital where she talks to staff and patients. Ruby is on a mission to break the stigma that surrounds mental illness.
Older people with mental health problems should receive the care they need (20 July, 2012)
Dr Chris Bell, Clinical Director, Mental Health of Older Adults and Dementia wrote to the South London Press in response to a letter on 13 July to highlight the importance of services and care that older adults need with mental health problems. The number of people with dementia is expected to double to 1.4 million in the next 30 years and SLaM has been working with social care and voluntary sector partners to set up new memory services across South London to meet the increasing need for services.
SLaM Carpet Cleaning Care wins Lambeth council contract (10 July, 2012)
The South London Press covered the award of the Lambeth council carpet cleaning contract to SLaM Carpet Cleaning Care. The service will be staffed by 15 people who access mental health services through SLaM. The council has already trialled the service and found that they are "professional" and "high quality" and will be of good value.
SLaM wins care awards (10 July and 12 July, 2012)
Nursing Times and the Health Service Journal both covered the Patient Safety Awards in which SLaM won Patient Safety in Mental Health for the implementation of an early warning scoring system that identifies patients who may be deteriorating due to their physical health. 1200 staff were trained through the program and inpatient deaths were reduced from 18 in 2009 to two in 2012.
The Care Integration Awards were also covered by Nursing Times and the Health Service Journal in which SLaM was highly commended for its work with Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust, MindCare and Carers Lewisham for the multidisciplinary dementia pathway service where patients can receive assessment, diagnosis, and treatment for dementia at one access point.
New chief executive at SLaM (28 June, 2012)
The Bromley Times spoke to Madeliene Long, Trust Chairman about outgoing Chief Executive, Stuart Bell and the new appointment of Gus Heafield to Chief Executive of SLaM as of 1 October 2012. Madeliene said "I am incredibly proud to have worked alongside Stuart for 13 years. "His thoughtful, informed and inspirational leadership has done much to shape our organisation. "Gus Heafield is a highly respected and experienced director of finance who has played a key role in the trust's work for 13 years. "His appointment enables us to continue to work towards our ambitious goals with an executive leader of the highest calibre." Bromley Times
Professor Hilary McCallion receives CBE (22 June, 2012)
South London Press talked to SLaM Professor Hilary McCallion who has been recognised for her dedication and commitment to nursing by being awarded a CBE. Professor McCallion said: "I am honoured and overwhelmed. I have been very privileged to work as a nurse and especially within mental health services. For me, the CBE is a recognition of mental health nursing, patients with mental health needs and the work of the trust."
SLaM volunteer, Daniel Morris wins People Support Volunteer of the Year award (21 June, 2012)
Southwark News met People Support Volunteer of the Year Award winner, Daniel Morris, at the People Support Volunteer of the Year awards. Daniel is a SLaM BME volunteer and has given over 250 hours as a befriender for mental health service users on hospital wards and Peckham Befrienders, a drop in service for mental health service users, over the last year.
Tender Loving Care (TLC) Project helps parents of children with CU (7 June, 2012)
The Daily Mail talked to Stephen Scott a professor of child health and behaviour at the Institute of Psychiatry at SLaM about children with callous, unemotional traits (CU). Stephen told the paper about how these children may go onto to have psychopathic tendencies. The TLC programme enrols 100 children per year who have displayed these traits. Through the programme, children receive two weekly sessions and parents receive six sessions free of charge to work on theses tendencies and to teach parents how to deal with the behaviour. Daily Mail
Patient safety crosses promote recovery (29 May, 2012)
Sarah Silverton, previously an improvement facilitator for the Productive Mental Health Ward programme at SLaM, authored the article in the Nursing Times about the use of patient safety crosses and the improvements the ward has seen since implementation. Sarah discusses how the safety crosses were originally rolled-out in the ward and how patients and staff have responded to their use. The ward has found that patients can express their emotions simply, they are a good tool to promote recovery and reduce levels of violence, aggression and self harm. Nursing Times
New Buddy app helps patient treatment (23 May, 2012)
The Guardian talked to Sarah, a user of the SLaM Buddy app that has seen improvement in patient focus in their treatment plan and goals. The app allows users to monitor their daily moods through text messages which are then stored in the user's profile for their treating doctor to look over before appointments to save time and to help achieve more focus leading to better goal outcomes. The Guardian buddyapp.org
Well London works for community needs (1 May, 2012)
The Guardian Professional took a look at Well London's programme to improve deprived communities' nutrition and mental wellbeing and physical activity. Since 2007, an alliance between the Arts Council England, Central YMCA, Groundwork London, London Health Commission, London Sustainability Exchange, SLaM and the University of East London (UEL), with £9.4m from the lottery and match funding from public and private sources has seen improved outcomes with: 79% of people reporting an increase in healthy eating, 76% reporting increased access to health food, 77% reporting higher levels of physical activity and 82% saying they felt more positive. Guardian Professional
Bethlem Gallery showcases outsider art (21 April, 2012)
The subject of outsider art was the focus of an article in the Lancet. Bethlem Gallery at Bethlem Royal Hospital showcases patients' art and has included artists Richard Dadd and George Harding. Coordinator of the Bethlem Gallery, Beth Elliot said that most artists they exhibit at the gallery have been inpatients or have been in and out of the hospital. The Lancet
Music, one key to helping people with dementia (15 April, 2012)
The Observer has taken up the recent call to do more for people with dementia in Britain. 670,000 people are currently living with dementia in Britain today and Robert Howard, Professor of Old Age Psychiatry and Psychopathology says his unit at the Maudsley Hospital incorporates music, art and drama for his patients. Professor Howard said: "Music is evocative to some patients and can reach down into their memory. Patients who normally struggle to find the right words can sing a song because a deep memory is triggered. It starts a tape running in their brain." Projects like this can increase their quality of life and the morale of staff. The Observer
SLaM super merger back by report (30 March, 2012)
The South London Press reported on a feasibility study that backs the merger of SLaM, Kings College Hospital, Guy's and St Thomas' hospitals. Out of five potential options the study found that merger was the "most optimal" option. The move could improve patient care. South London Press
SLaM gets nurses their degrees (14 March, 2012)
SLaM featured in the Nursing Standard due to their decision to pay for ward managers, ward sisters and band 6 nurses to attain their degrees ahead of the planned changes to the nursing degree in 2014. One third of SLaM's ward managers and sisters already have degrees while another third have a diploma. Jane Sayer from SLaM said: "The better educated nursing staff are, the better outcomes are. There is research evidence that shows improved patient outcomes when you have more nurses with degrees." Nursing Standard
SLaM receives £4.7 million for new facility (8 March, 2012)
An article in the Southwark News highlighted the award of £4.7 million to SLaM and King's College Hospital for a new facility at King's College Hospital dedicated to mental health and neurosciences clinical trails. The facility will also include a virtual reality behaviour suite and an intensive care unit facility for patients with brain injuries.
Cognitive behavioural therapy helps breast cancer survivors (1 March, 2012)
New research that has taken place with funding from SLaM has appeared in Lancet Oncology. Hot flushes and night sweats occur in 65-85% of women who have undergone breast cancer treatment. This can lead to problems with sleep and decreased quality of life. A recent study used cognitive behavioural therapy to counteract these symptoms resulting in improvements to women's quality of life and the suggestion that the treatment could be introduced to breast cancer survivorship programmes. Lancet Oncology
SLaM Buddy App helps mental health service users (29 February and 1 March, 2012)
The Wigan Evening Post (29 Feb) covered the new use of the SLaM Buddy App by the Five Boroughs Partnership for mental health service users. The Buddy App was developed by SLaM with Sidekick Studios with SMS functionality to report users moods to their accounts where their treating doctor can look over them before a meeting, saving time and increasing patient focus and goal setting.
Similarly BBC Radio 4 FM also covered the app as the Department of Health are encouraging doctors to use the smart phone app with patients for the benefit of their treatment.
How to approach recreational drug use in primary care (18 February, 2012)
Adam Winstock and Luke Mitcheson contributed to an article in the British Medical Journal on new recreational drugs and the way people are using them and what the potential side effects are. The article looks at the assessment and feedback process using a motivational approach including the provision of information about harm reduction to the user. British Medical Journal
First solo exhibition by resident at Royal Bethlem Hospital (8 and 17 February, 2012)
News Shopper Bromley and Croydon Advertiser both promoted the new exhibition at the Royal Bethlem Hospital gallery titled 'Bridge over Troubled Water'. The exhibition will display large scale water colours by a resident at the hospital who is known as Barrington. They represent times and experiences of growing up in Jamaica and England. Barrington said: "My work means a lot to me because it relaxes me and makes me happy when I am sad. I find that painting opens my mind and helps me to express myself." www.bethlemgallery.com
How physiotherapy can help people with mental illness (1 February, 2012)
Ross Farmer spoke to Frontline about how physiotherapy can be part of a multidisciplinary team to treat mental health service users. Physiotherapy as part of the treatment plan has shown some remarkable improvements in some patients at SLaM where Mr Farmer is head of physiotherapy and clinical exercise. Mr Farmer will speak at an international conference in Physiotherapy in Psychiatry and Mental Health on how physiotherapy in a mental health setting can help the physical needs of service users. Frontline
New opiate treatment trial (1 February, 2012)
Drink and Drug News have reported on the new three-year opiate treatment trial that will see six hundred people prescribed a buprenorphine-naloxone combi nation therapy, delivered in a small film to be dissolved under the tongue alongside a range of psychological therapies. The SLaM addiction recovery clinic in Lambeth will run the trial. Research at SLaM also played a key role in the Department of Health's acknowledgement that injectable opioid treatment was a 'clinically effective second line treatment'. Drink and Drug News
The Maudlsey Approach helps Australians suffering from anorexia (22 January, 2012)
The Age has reported starting results at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. By using the Maudlsey Approach developed by the Maudsley Hospital in 1985 they have seen a 75% decrease in readmission rates and 200 people through the program. They now say that a cure for anorexic teens is expected for every patient. At the centre of the approach is to turn anorexia into the common enemy for patients and parents and a complete family treatment at home rather than at hospital. The Age
Drug users need more information about what they are taking (21 January, 2012)
The Australian, has reported similar trends of Australian drug users to British drug users. Adam Winstock, a consultant psychiatrist from Maudsley Hospital, has been interviewing drug users about how they take drugs, finding that most users knew little about the drugs before taking them and if they were to find out more would alter the way they take drugs. Winstock says the best thing to do is provide as much information as possible to reduce their risk when they take drugs for the first and subsequent times. The Australian
New proposed home treatment team for SLaM (20 January, 2012)
A letter to the South London Press from SLaM's Dr Chris Ball and Professor Robert Howard, described plans for a home treatment team to be available seven days a week with extended hours. The proposal recognises that people should only be admitted to hospital if needed.
Exhibition of famous Bethlem archives (20 January, 2012)
The Croydon Advertiser has promoted the Bethlem Royal Hospital exhibition of historical photographs, maps and artwork from their archives and museum. The site's transformation from country estate to a therapeutic environment for 'Bedlam' is the subject of the exhibition. It is the oldest psychiatric hospital in the world and opened in 1247.
Improving responses to alcohol related admissions (5 January, 2012)
Dr James Bell and his colleagues at SLaM and King's College Hospital London have written an article on their findings of an audit on alcohol related admission to A&E in the Health Services Journal. An alcohol working party found key findings that pointed to the need of a better response to alcohol with a potential benefit of reducing pressure on acute beds and reducing the frequency of recurrent presentations. An innovative clinical pathway was formed between A&E and addictions staff to help work towards this goal. A repeat audit will take place to assess whether the pathway has fostered a more engaged response to alcohol among medical staff.