About us

At South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust we provide the widest range of NHS mental health services in the UK. We also provide substance misuse services for people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol.

Our 4,600 staff serve a local population of 1.3 million people. We have more than 230 services including inpatient wards, outpatient and community services.

We provide inpatient care for approximately 5,300 people each year and we treat more than 45,000 patients in the community in Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham and Croydon.

As well as serving the communities of south London, we provide more than 50 specialist services for children and adults across the UK including perinatal services, eating disorders, psychosis
and autism.

We are the only mental health trust in the UK to have our own biomedical research centre (BRC) – hosted jointly with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) King’s College London with the aim of translating scientific developments into new ways of screening, detecting, treating and preventing mental illness.

We are part of one of England’s six Academic Health Sciences Centres, King’s Health Partners, with King’s College London, Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts.

The Trust’s scope is unique because it is built on the principles of Henry Maudsley when he founded the Maudsley Hospital in the early 1900s: care and treatment, science and research, and training. We can trace our history back to 1247 when Bethlem Royal Hospital was founded on a charitable deed. Today our charity continues as the Maudsley Charity.

We provide:
- mental health services for people living in Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark

- substance misuse services for residents of Lambeth, Bexley, Greenwich and Wandsworth

- specialist services for young people in Kent and Medway who require hospital admission for serious mental illness and outpatient treatment for
adults with ADHD

- Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services

- a range of mental health services internationally, in Europe and the Middle-East

- the largest mental health research and development portfolio in the country

- an extensive range of education, training and learning opportunities

- including the Recovery College and Mental Health Simulation Centre

- we host the most comprehensive mental health NHS library in London

- in 2015 we opened the Bethlem Gallery and Bethlem Museum. The building secures the unique collections for future generations and enables the public to see more of the incredible artwork both from the historic collection and from current artists involved with our services today.

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