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Armistice Day 'hard for veterans' (9 November 2013)
The run up to Armistice Day is difficult for veterans suffering from mental health issues, according to Dr Tess Browne from Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust. Military uniforms and enhanced combat coverage in the media can lead to an increase in symptoms such as nightmares or flashbacks. South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust set up the London Veterans Service. Anyone who has served at least one day in the armed forces and lives within the M25 can access mental health treatment from a team of experts. PA News Wire
Deeply moving and darkly funny, enter Josephine's world of Mess (7 November 2013)
Billed as 'a new play with songs', Mess is the story of one person's journey through anorexia to recovery. Based on the writer's own experience of the disease, it tells the story of Josephine as she attempts to stage a play that will tackle issues and conquer stigma. Aware of the ethical concerns of creating work about mental illness, writer Caroline Horton collaborated closely with experts from Beat, Ethox, Maudsley Hospital and the Institute of Psychiatry. Harlow Star
Homeless hospital discharge scheme piloted in London (25 October 2013)
A scheme to support homeless people as they are discharged from hospital will be run across two London boroughs this winter. The Hospital to Home programme, known as H2H, aims to co-ordinate the response of hospital discharge teams with homelessness service providers. The scheme is intended to reduce follow-up problems and hospital attendances. The scheme will run in London at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust until April. Health Service Journal
'I can begin to see a future with me in it' (20 October 2013)
Chronic alcoholism lost Tony his six-figure job, his nice home and his family. Now recovering, he pours his thoughts into a wise and funny food blog, 'The Skint Foodie', as well as working for South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. The blog has recently won the Observer Food Monthly's 2013 'best food blog' award. The Guardian online
Helping families cope with eating disorders (14 October 2013)
A group which provides support to the parents and carers of young people with eating disorders is being supported by the National Lottery. The B-eat group in Exeter applied for £2,000 funding to run an 'empowering families' course, sharing the wisdom of Professor Janet Treasure from the Maudsley Hospital in London. Western Morning News
A SLaM dunk for HCAs (1 October 2013)
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) held conference for 70 of its healthcare assistants (HCA) in July. Participants came from all areas of the trust and therefore represented a wide range of mental health services. The aim of the day was for staff to get updates on national issues for HCAs and support workers and to be inspired by the different training and development opportunities available to them. British Journal of Healthcare Assistants
Reflecting on mental health (27 September 2013)
A TURNER prize nominee and Tate Modern artist unveiled his latest artwork at a mental health charity's new community centre. Mark Titchner revealed his stainless steel piece 'our knot' at the £7million Maudsley Learning Centre at the ORTUS at Maudsley Hospital. The centre was funded by Maudsley Charity and will be used a base for training and learning courses. South London Press
SLaM named as a finalist for HSJ award (27 September 2013)
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) was named as a finalist for the Health Service Journal (HSJ) 'efficiency in administrative and clerical services' award. A network upgrade cut the trust's phone bill by £250,000 a year and improved efficiency of patient care, staff confidence and job satisfaction. Health Service Journal.
Mental health trusts to advise Bupa (20 September 2013)
Bupa has announced a partnership with two mental health foundation trusts in London to advise it on the provision of services. The arrangement will see both South London and Maudsley and Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trusts act as clinical advisers to the private healthcare firm. Health Service Journal
Patient involvement in research boosts study success (16 September 2013)
Delays in recruitment are a major reason why some studies fail, so
better recruitment means studies are more likely to be successful and
run on time and budget. The authors of a new study by thw Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London argue that researchers need to involve patients more comprehensively in research. Studies which involved more partnerships — a higher level of patient and public involvement (PPI) — were 4.12 times more likely to recruit to target. The Guardian online
Integrated care project brings hospital level care to people in their own homes (4 September 2013)
Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care project has changed the way that health and social care professionals work and has improved the services they offer to older people across the two boroughs. Staff from acute, community, primary, mental health and social care are working together and some clinicians have been up skilled as part of the project. They are already getting positive feedback. The initial three year programme that focuses on older people will be followed by a second programme on long term conditions.
An interview with Janet Treasure (1 September 2013)
Psychiatrist Janet Treasure specialises in eating disorders and is the director of the Eating Disorder Unit at SLaM. She was recognised in this year’s honours list and continues to work tirelessly as chief medical officer for BEAT, the UK’s only nationwide organisation supporting people affected by eating disorders. In an interview with the Student BMJ, Janet talks about her career and current research interests. Student BMJ
Purley Resource Centre receives high praise (30 August 2013)
The Croydon Advertiser featured an article about Sarah Jane Thomas who is living with schizoaffective disorder. She praises Purley Resource Centre, one of SLaM’s community mental health teams, for the quality of care she has received and credits the support centre with having saved her life.
Channel 4 announces documentary series filmed at SLaM (22 August 2013)
A series of four programmes focusing on different aspects of mental health and treatment is to be broadcast in the autumn. Filmed over the course of a year at SLaM, the documentaries follow the lives of patients and their families, giving a voice to those who suffer with mental illness and reducing the stigma attached to it. Ralph Lee, Head of Factual at Channel 4, said “we are delighted that the patients and staff of the Maudsley have trusted us to tell their stories for the first time”. Channel 4
Community Care publishes a number of articles online about our Lambeth forensic community mental health team (15 August 2013)
The Community Care articles each focus on a different aspect of the work that the team does through interviews with staff. They give an insight into both the day to day tasks of individuals and the running of the team as a whole. The mental health social workers are integrated with NHS colleagues into the same team. Interviews with social workers Lorraine Spence and Paul Mukasa reveal the passion and dedication that is vital for the role and how varied their daily tasks can be. You can read the articles about Lorraine and Paul along with the other members of the team by following this link to the site.
SLaM works to improve patient engagement (30 July 2013)
Dr Ray Johannsen-Chapman is strategic lead for patient and public involvement at SLaM and recently published this article with the Guardian about the Trust’s successes in the field of patient engagement. SLaM has improved patient engagement through developing the patient experience data information centre (Pedic). Dr Johannsen-Chapman explains how the use of patient feedback is helping to shape services. You can read the article here.
Art therapy for former rough sleepers in Lambeth (18 July 2013)
A new therapeutic art group has seen positive outcomes for former rough sleepers who want to get their lives back on track. Two psychologists from South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust have been working alongside Thames Reach staff in the Psychology in Hostels project, using art therapy to support and help residents to understand their emotions and build social skills. The project is particularly valuable for the residents, many of whom have complex support needs and a background of being excluded from other projects. London Housing News
Skin-picking is on the rise among 20-something women in the UK (8 July 2013)
Dermatillomania, where sufferers have an overwhelming desire to pick at their skin, was first classified as a disorder last month. The disorder is closely linked to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and body dysmorphia. Dr Simon Darnley, head of anxiety disorders at Bethlem Royal hospital, was quoted in an article in Grazia explaining that skin pickers often are not aware they have a condition as the behaviour is automatic and the picker’s attention focussed elsewhere.
Mother and Baby Unit at Bethlem Royal hospital hailed as centre of "best practice" (5 July 2013)
The Channi Kumar Mother and Baby Unit at Bethlem Royal Hospital has been recognised as a centre of “best practice” in a recent report on standards of care by the NSPCC. The report, ‘All Babies Count: Spotlight on Perinatal Mental Health’, focuses on the different forms of support for mothers affected by mental health problems and is widely critical of the shortfall in services for this vulnerable group. Our unit was singled out as a case study for praise by the renowned children’s charity. You can read a copy of the report here.
Actor suffering from OCD speaks out about his struggle and treatment (16 June 2013)
Coronation Street actor Ian Puleston-Davies has suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) since his early childhood. After decades of struggling with the disorders, he first sought help at the age of 35 and was referred to Maudsley hospital where he underwent cognitive behavioural therapy treatment. The actor said of his experience: “there’s no easy escape; you just have to be determined to beat it.” Mail on Sunday
New learning centre for the community opens on Grove Road (7 June 2013)
A new state-of-the-art learning centre which will engage with the local community and provide world class facilities for hundreds of people was opened in June. The new facility has a number of meeting rooms, flexible learning spaces, an open plan foyer, a café, wifi access and landscaped gardens. Find out more about the centre here.
Newly developed avatar system helps schizophrenics control the voices in their heads (31 May 2013)
Professor Thomas Craig, a South London and Maudsley consultant psychiatrist, is leading a randomised study of the computer-based system which could provide quick and effective therapy that is far more successful than current pharmaceutical treatments. The treatment enables schizophrenics to build an avatar of their tormentors, making it easier for therapists and patients to enter into dialogue with the voice. It is believed that the new therapy helps to reduce the frequency and severity of episodes of schizophrenia. BBC
Lambeth councillor talks of his own struggle with depression and how help is on hand in the borough (17 May 2013)
Edward Davie, Lambeth councillor, spoke candidly of his personal experiences of depression to mark National Mental Health Awareness Week. He received cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) after being referred to the Lorraine Hewitt House centre, run by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. He is now chairman of Lambeth’s health scrutiny committee.
Leading scientists face threats from activists for researching myalgic encephalopathy (5 May 2013)
Sir Simon Wessely, psychiatrist at Maudsley hospital, was at the centre of this article in The Sunday Times about ME activism. Wessely and other scientists who are involved in researching myalgic encephalopathy (ME) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) have received threats and abuse from activists outraged at the suggestion that ME may be a psychiatric disorder. At the heart of the issue is the debate as to whether ME is a psychiatric or a physical disorder. In his article, Michael Hanlon explores this “medical conflict” and the role of combatants like Wessely within it. The Sunday Times
'Wickedly funny and deeply moving' play about anorexia hits the stage (29 April 2013)
A play with songs based on writer and performer Caroline Horton’s own experiences of anorexia nervosa hit the stage in Stockton in April. The play was written with advice from experts at Maudsley Hospital. Northern Echo
Why diagnosing dementia could become that little bit easier (27 April 2013)
Diagnosing dementia is notoriously difficult – sometimes taking months, even years – and involves numerous visits to doctors, hospitals, blood tests, scans and more often than not, a great deal of frustration and heartbreak. But now GPs across England are testing a new IPAD computer programme which aims to speed up diagnosis. Channel 4
Tackling the traits of teen alcoholism (21 March 2013)
After taking part in a pilot project with the National Addictions Centre to tackle alcohol misuse using targeted interventions with students grouped by personality traits and individual tendencies, Corelli College saw a real impact. SecEd
Number of over-60s suffering mental health problems caused by excessive drinking soars 150% in a decade (16 March 2013)
A study carried out by psychiatrists at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust has found the number of admissions for people with behavioural and mental disorders linked to alcohol use has gone from 3,247 in 2002 to 8,120 in 2012. The study found that alcohol is causing a rise in the numbers diagnosed with dementia. Experts say the figures confirm an epidemic of late-onset drinking during retirement and following bereavement. Mail Online
Funds bring dry bar a step closer (8 March 2013)
The North East's first ever dry bar is a step closer after being granted funding from the Maudsley Hospital. The bar will offer non-alcoholic drinks and food, without the booze-fuelled antics associated with other pubs in town. It will be designed to look like any bar on the street, but will not sell alcohol. Bosses at the Newcastle based charity Road to Recovery said there was a need for a “dry” bar in Newcastle because of the price alcohol was costing families and the economy.
Newcastle Evening Chronicle
Tracking patients on leave from a secure setting (1 March 2013)
Dave Hearn, security team leader at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust explains how use of a global position satellite device can help staff reduce absconding, and protect patients and members of the public from risk of harm. Mental Health Practice
Bringing back memories (27 February 2013)
A charity that uses reminiscence to reach out to older people is improving dementia care. Age Exchange, based in Blackheath, South London, has been funded by Maudsley Charity to run a three year 'Hearts and Minds' project, which uses art, music and remeniscence to help older people with dementia, and to improve their culture and care. You can find out more about Age Exchange here.
'The brain is not a pudding, it's an exquisite engine' (24 February 2013)
Uta Frith, the neuroscientist who first recognised autism as a condition of the brain, rather than a result of 'cold parenting' reflects on her career, including her time at Maudsley Hospital. The Observer
E-therapy, equality and access (1 February 2013)
E-therapy and smart technology have become a part of the counselling lexicon, which is no surprise, given that three quarters of houses in the UK are connected to the internet, and on average we spend around two hours a day online. As a result, online counselling and therapy is on the up, and is forming a growing part of mental health services. Therapy Today
Heavy drinking can lead to poor sexual performance (18 January 2013)
An article appeared in the Daily Mail about how drinking heavily or taking drugs can impair sexual performance in men, featuring a quote from Professor David Taylor on the affect of prescription drugs on sexual function. Daily Mail
Norman Lamb visits Maudsley Hospital (10 January 2013)
The Health Service Journal reports that Norman Lamb visited Maudsley Hospital and suggested that the government may reconsider plans to make Payment by Results mandatory in the mental health sector. He was interviewed during a visit to South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Health Service Journal
A report on preventing brain damage in alcoholics (9 January 2013)
A report written by Irene Guerrini, Consultant Psychiatrist and Rosie Mundt-Leach, Head of Nursing in Addictions CAG, about preventing long-term brain damage in alcohol-dependent patients appeared in the Nursing Standard.
The benefits of coconut oil for Alzheimer's patients (8 January 2013)
Professor Robert Howard is quoted in an article in the Daily Mail about the possible benefits of coconut oil in easing Alzheimer’s disease. He warns that there is a “huge placebo response in Alzheimer’s”. Daily Mail
OBE for our eating disorders expert (3 January 2013)
Eating Disorder expert Professor Janet Treasure has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours. This article appeared in various publications, including the Canterbury Times, Faversham News, Kentish Gazette, Isle of Thanet Gazette, Southwark News.
Pilot schemes to improve services for severe mental illness (1st January 2013)
Six demonstration projects have begun to help improve access to psychological therapies for those with severe mental illnesses. Funding of £1.2 million will be used to help share information with other Trusts, about the delivery of the best treatments that lead improved patient choice and recovery. Healthcare Design and Management.