2015

September 2015

Occupational Health and Wellbeing - GPs to get access to new occupational health service

GPs will be able to access a new, nationally specified OH service from 1 April 2016, NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens announces as part of his new health and wellbeing initiative. SLaM is one of the organisations involved through the MedNet service.

The Pharmaceutical Journal - Analysis of paroxetine trial sparks debate over access to trial data

David Taylor, director of pharmacy and pathology at SLaM, speaks to the Pharmaceutical Journal about a controversial study into the use of paroxetine in adolescents taking part in clinical trials.

RT - Consumer culture ‘feeding’ body image anxiety, BDD sufferer tells RT

Consumerism could be crippling the mentally ill, RT’s William Njobvu finds, as one Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) sufferer reveals she turned suicidal as a result of “poisonous” mass media decreeing the ‘perfect body.’ David Veale, a consultant psychiatrist at SLaM said he has seen an increase in such patients since the rise of camera phones and selfies.

News shopper Bromley – Museum visit

Bethlem’s Museum of the Mind presents Bethlem Bombs and Belgians - How the citizens of Bromley lived with war 1914 – 1918. It took place on Wednesday 16 September at Bethlem Royal Hospital.

Guardian online - Depersonalisation disorder: the condition you’ve never heard of that affects millions

One in 50 of us suffer from Depersonalisation Disorder (DPD), according to the Guardian online. The article mentions the specialist treatment clinic for DPD which opened at the Maudsley hospital in London in 1999 and saw more than 500 patients in its first six years. Elaine Hunter, consultant clinical psychologist was interviewed the piece.

Nursing Times

Cheryl Kipping, consultant nurse for SLaM, was listed in the Nursing Times Leaders 2015 list.

Prospect – Who cares for the carers?

Prospect reports on the aftermath of the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone and the hundreds of people who need psychological support. Idit Albert and Elaine Hunter, clinical psychologists from SLaM, have taken up the challenge to provide a team of qualified staff to support Ebola aid workers.

August 2015

The Recruiter - South London NHS Trust takes brand out in to the community

The recruiter magazine hears from Max Barnard, SLaM HR resourcing and branding manager, who talks about how SLaM is taking its new employer brand out to the community for the first time by incorporating its values into recruitment advertising both on job boards and outdoors.

BBC HorizonA monster in my mind

SLaM’s Michael Rutter Centre featured in this BBC Horizon programme about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The documentary looked at innovate treatment available to children suffering with OCD.

BBC Radio 4overage drinkers

BBC reporter Leala Padmanabhan interviews Dr Tony Rao, SLaM clinical psychologist, and some of his elderly patients to talk about the growing problem of older adults developing alcoholism.

Daily MailSLaM tops dementia league table

SLaM was named as the best trust in the country for safeguarding dementia patients. Figures show hospitals are not doing enough for people with dementia but SLaM is the top of a Health and Social Care Information Centre report which looked at the ward environment, fall prevention measures and overall care.

New Scientist - Fish oil pills may help teenagers stave off schizophrenia

David Taylor, SLaM’s director of pharmacy, is interviewed by the New Scientist about the use of fish oil for schizophrenia patients.

Your Autism Magazine - Chalk and Cheese

Brothers David and Harry both have autism and they spoke to this publication about the treatment and support they received at the National Autism Unit at Bethlem Royal Hospital.

July 2015

BBC Woman’s Hour

BBC Woman’s Hour talks to Dr Ulrike Schmidt, SLaM consultant and eating disorder specialist, about the genetic link with eating disorders and how early intervention can help patients recover faster.

Londonist - Help mums in need: vote for APP in the national lottery awards

Action on Postpartum Psychosis (APP) has been shortlists for this year’s national lottery awards. This piece uses a former patient of Bethlem Royal Hospital as a case study.

Community Care - ‘I feel lucky to have the chance to do creative social work – many others don’t’

SLaM social worker Wendy Whitaker who won Mental Health Social Worker of the Year talks about her 36-year career in the profession.

BBC Victoria Derbyshire Show - Mental health in the media

The Victoria Derbyshire show ran a special programme focusing on a wide variety of mental health issues. Kathryn Grant, a former patient suffering with postnatal psychosis, spoke about her experience in dealing with mental illness. She has also written a blog for our website about her media experience: ‘My story of hope and encouragement’.

Channel 4 - The revolving door of care

SLaM’s Mother and Baby Unit was named as an example of ‘where the NHS gets it right’. Channel 4 ran a news story on the Healthwatch report on early discharge

Channel 4 – Mental health patients sent 'hundreds of miles' for care

The number of mental health patients in England who had to travel away from their local area to get care has risen by almost a quarter over the past year. However, SLaM was named as a trust which had managed to reduce their use of out-of-area beds.

Community Care - Mental health beds crisis ‘driven by discharge delays’, finds report

The same report is mentioned in Community Care online magazine with SLaM being praised for reducing out-of-area bed use.

Southwark News Shock and war – rare photos show WW1 soldiers treated at pioneering Maudsley Hospital

Southwark News reports on the exhibition at the Long Gallery at Maudsley Hospital.

The Guardian - Alistair Burt: We must treat a broken mind with same urgency as a broken leg

The new care minister explains his vision for the future of the sector and emphasises his commitment to supporting care professionals.

June 2015

BBC Woman’s Hour

Professor Ulrike Schmidt talks about eating disorders on BBC Woman’s Hour and how early intervention can help people with anorexia and bulimia.

South London Press - £2m invested in mental health hub

The South London Press reports on the £2million investment in the Lambeth Living Well Hub, which will provide a range of services, help and advice to people across the borough. It will be based in the Streatham Jobcentre building.

The Guardian - NHS trial 'transforms lives' of young anorexia and bulimia sufferers

A nine-month trial run by SLaM shows that speeding up treatment for eating disorders has a wide range of benefits. First episode and Rapid Early intervention for Eating Disorders (Freed) was launched within SLaM as a 15 month pilot study last September, aiming to facilitate rapid assessment.

The Guardian - Lives at risk in NHS eating disorder crisis

The Guardian reports on seriously ill people with eating disorders are being put at risk because they have to wait ‘months and even years’ for NHS treatment. At SLaM, waiting times are being cut by the Freed project.

On the Wight - Public services must ‘wake up’ to gaps in mental health crisis care, warns CQC

CQC inspectors praise the joint commissioning of preventative services between Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group and SLaM by setting up a ‘crisis house’ in response to the lack of available beds for people experiencing a crisis who needed inpatient care.

BBC News at Six

SLaM runs service where psychiatrists work closely with police to provide care to people with mental health problems in crisis.

South London Press – Unlocking their past

Members of the specialist mental health intervention team from SLaM attended a therapy class at the Peartree Care Centre to talk about dementia as part of Dementia Awareness Day.

Community Care Market News –Croydon awards £1.8bn contract

SLaM is part of the age UK consortium which has been chosen to deliver a 10 year integrated health and social care contract in Croydon, believed to be worth £1.8bn.

7 Days - Hospital opens clinic in Abu Dhabi for mental disorders

A new child and adolescent mental health service is being launched in Abu Dhabi through a major hospital in the UK. The Maudsley Hospital is opening its services in the UAE capital this summer to help improve the mental health and wellbeing of children and teens in the country.

May 2015

Daily Telegraph - How the public sector can meet citizens’ digital needs - efficiently

The Telegraph reports on how important it is for public sector organisations to meet digital needs and boost efficiency. SLaM was used as an example of an organisation which uses digital information to improve recovery rates and general patient wellbeing.

Croydon Advertiser - Shake-up coming in caring for over-65’s

SLaM is listed as one of the organisations involved in transforming care for the over 65’s through outcomes based commissioning.

BBC Gardeners’ World - Gardeners’ World

Peter O’Hare, head of occupational therapy, talks about the history of the gardens and the different ways that gardening can be therapeutic for our patients in an episode of Gardeners’ World. Service users also talk about why they enjoy working in the garden and how it helps with their recovery. Bethlem’s garden is featured between six and 12 minutes of the clip.

BBC Radio 4 - Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Social Media and PTSD, Preventing Procrastination

SLaM consultant psychiatrist Dr David Veale talks about Body Dysmorphic Disorder and the new film he helped launch with the Body Dysmorphic Association.

Guardian online - 'The tools to cope': Pioneering treatment at South London and Maudsley NHS trust turns lives around

SLaM is one of two areas offering talking therapy to people with severe mental illness. Ithas seen waiting times cut while access to treatment has increased dramatically, reports the Guardian.


Huffington Post - What Is Body Dysmorphic Disorder? And What's It Like If You Have It?

Body Dysmorphic Disorder, also known as BDD, is a commonly misunderstood mental health condition. Dr David Veale speaks about how people with BDD are often branded narcissistic and self-obsessed, even though they are struggling with mental turmoil.


Guardian online - E-learning in healthcare: benefits, challenges and limitations

An expert panel talks about what e-learning can offer the NHS and its staff. SLaM consultant psychiatrist, Lia Ali takes part.

New Scientist - Withdrawal drug could help cannabis addicts kick the habit

Increasing numbers of people are seeking help for cannabis addiction – and there's growing interest in finding ways to treat them. SLaM clinical psychologist Dr Luke Mitcheson is quoted.

The independent - If I were Prime Minister: I'd make sure we were more gentle with crisis care in mental health

SLaM consultant psychiatrist Dr Vaughan Bell talks about what he would do for mental health if he were prime minister.


April 2015

Health Service Journal - Stem the patient overspill with this dream team

SLaM has successfully reduced the number of patients admitted to private psychiatric units. Kamran Ahmed and colleagues explain in the HSJ how the private overspill review team turned it around.

Vice - What it’s like to be sectioned in Britain today

Dr Dele Olajide, SLaM consultant psychiatrist and Caldicott Guardian, talks to Vice about what it is like to be sectioned.

Vice - What are recreational drugs actually doing to our mental health?

This article in Vice was compiled as part of its joint campaign with Mind to raise awareness of mental health. The article discusses the link between cannabis and psychosis in a study led by SLaM consultant Dr Marta Di Forti.

Mirror online - Coronation Street star Ian Puleston-Davies reveals OCD battle as he campaigns for Labour

Ian Puleston-Davies talks about how staff at Maudsley hospital gave him his life back after years experiencing OCD.

The Guardian - Expert Insight

E-learning can be a cost-effective solution for time-pressed healthcare staff. Should the NHS embrace it more? SLaM consultant psychiatrist Lia Ali talks about the concept of e-learning in this Expert Inside magazine.

Bromley Times - Exhibition by artist who cheated death

The Bromley Times reports on an artist who recovered from a near fatal head injury who is currently displaying his artwork at Bethlem Gallery.

Evening Standard - Ebola-fight doctor to run marathon in isolation suit

The Evening Standard reports on junior doctor Claire Ferraro returning from Freetown in Sierra Leone, where she had been working for the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership (KSLP) .

The Guardian - A new way of working is transforming mental health services in Lambeth

Lambeth has one of the highest rates of mental health diagnosis in the country and commissioning mental health services is one of the biggest challenges facing the council and the local NHS, reports the Guaridan . SLaM has joined forces with Lambeth clinical commissioning group (CCG), GPs, voluntary organisations and service providers to operate under an “alliance contract.”

The Times – Sanity wasn’t enough to avoid Bedlam

Almost 250,000 records from the asylum known at Bedlam have been made public, reports The Times.

News Shopper - Grayson Perry unveils museum and gallery at infamous Bethlem Hospital

Artist and TV presenter Grayson Perry officially opens the new exhibition space at the Bethlem Gallery and Museum at Bethlem Royal Hospital.

March 2015

Health Service Journal – Top Chief Executives

Taking over the running of SLaM from the renowned Stuart Bell was never going to be an easy task but Matthew Patrick – a former psychiatrist in the trust – has risen too the challenge since he took up the post in late 2013.

Bromley Times - Surreal tale tells of mental illness

17 year old Keturah Price, who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia wrote a book called ‘Cold White Marble’ whilst an inpatient at the SLaM Children’s unit.

The Guardian Online - The music of mental illness: how a new project aims to challenge stigma

Young composers and people with experience of mental illness are using the genre of classical song to de-stigmatise the issue.

The Creative Madness in Song project is run by charity Song in the City with The Maudsley Charity, part of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

Independent - Historic Bedlam records go online

The patient records of Britain’s most infamous psychiatric hospital are being made available online today for the first time. Some 125,000 personal files and staff records from the Bethlem Royal Hospital, the “Bedlam” of days of yore, are being digitised to cast a new light on the treatment of mental illness over nearly 250 years.

Independent on Sunday you’re not a alone, you can get better, just hold on

Last December, Charlotte Bevan and her four-day-old baby were found dead in the Avon Gorge. Ahead of an inquest into her death, Sophie Goodchild gained access to one of the few specialist mental-health units that treats women for postnatal depression alongside their infants – and heard the story of Rupa, opposite, a mother who entered the unit on the verge of suicide and emerged, a few weeks later, on the road to recovery.

Evening Standard – they went to Sierra Leone to train local medics..and stayed to fight Ebola

Three volunteers from the King’s Sierra Leone programme said “Staying to fight Ebola was the best decision we ever made. The partnership which was launched by King’s Health Partners and is supported by experts from King’s College London, King’s College Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals and South London and Maudsley NHS trust.

Herald Express - Trust wins cash to reduce violence

Funding has been secured to help reduce the number of violent and aggressive incidents on psychiatric wards in Torbay. The trust, which provides specialist mental health and learning disability services across Devon and Torbay, has secured the funding with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

February 2015

Croydon Advertiser - Marks bumpy ride from addiction to counselling

A former drug addict and Bethlem Royal Hospital patient who turned his life around to open a counselling service in Harley Street has started helping Croydon addicts.

The Mirror - Kate Middleton makes private visit to hospital school for children with mental health problems

The Duchess of Cambridge made a private visit to Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School in Beckenham, Kent on in her role as patron of charity Place2Be.

The Sun Online - Kate pays a visit to hospital kids

Kate spent 90 minutes meeting patients and staff at Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School in Beckenham, Kent.

Mental Health Today - Mental health documentary series Bedlam scoops top Broadcast award

The observational documentary series about patients and staff at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) made with Channel 4 and Garden Productions won the award at a ceremony held at Grosvenor House, London on February

South London Press - Award for TV series

The South London Press reports on the Broadcast TV awards with Bedlam, a series about patients and staff at SLaM winning best documentary series.

BBC online - Bedlam wins broadcasting award

Bedlam, a four-part fly-on-the-wall series looking into the treatment of mental health disorders won best documentary series at the Broadcast TV awards.

January 2015

BBC radio Dry January and Nalmefene, PLAC Blood Test for Inflammation, Dental Check-ups

Emily Finch, an addiction psychiatrist at SLaM talks about her concerns with the drug Nalmefene , a once daily tablet that can be taken on an as needed basis – such as over the weekend - to reduce the urge to drink.

London Live 13% of 16 to 25-year-olds too anxious to leave the house in London

New figures from the Prince’s Trust reveal that 13 per cent of young people aged 16 – 25 say they are too anxious to leave their house. SLaM consultant psychiatrist Dr. Andrea Danese and Abigail Holsborough, who is living with depressed, discuss the matter further

The Independent - How I beat my fear of vomiting: 'Eating frightens me'

A phobia of vomiting is surprisingly common. For Katie Grant, it led to a food obsession and near breakdown. Dr David Veale, a consultant psychiatrist in cognitive behaviour therapy at SlaM is quoted.

The Guardian - Occupational therapy and mental health: ‘It’s not about basket weaving’

Hilary Williams, lead occupational therapist for SLaM talks about her teams role in the psychosis unit.

The Independent - Pioneering homelessness hostel uses on-site psychologists to

treat addicts - and enjoys a successful first year

A pioneering homelessness project that funds full-time psychologist’s based within hostels has led to a dramatic reduction in the criminal activity of its residents, along with huge improvements in their health and well-being.

SLaM Clinical psychologist Emma Williamson is based at the hostel.

The Guardian - Clinical psychologist: I learn from my clients about what it is to be human

This blog written clinical psychiatrist, Sunil Nandha, about his day-to-day role at SLaM.

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