About Us

 

The Psychological Medicine and Older Adults (PMOA) Directorate is one of 21 groups that were formed across King's Health Partners.

Older Adult services exist to deliver high quality services to people aged 65 years and over with dementia or severe and complex mental health needs and also people under the age of 65 who develop dementia.

There are approximately 400 staff members, delivering a range of 25 Older Audlt community and hospital based mental health services for people living in Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark. Download a copy of the CAG organisation chart here

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There are three elements to our Older Adult work:

Service delivery

Includes a range of community and hospital based mental health services in the London boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark. These include community assessment and treatment teams, early diagnosis and intervention services and complex care services for older people with mental health problems and/or dementia

Research

The majority of this work is sited at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), with a strong relationship between the SLaM clinical service and dementia theme in the Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)

Education and training

Clinical and academic staff have a strong track record of delivering high quality training to a range of mental health professional courses. As a key provider of dementia training and education, both the clinical services and academic departments provide professional teaching and training for students at undergraduate and post graduate level.

Our vision

To provide world-leading services for older people with mental health problems and dementia, supported by basic and clinical research with international impact and education and training that builds and retains a high quality workforce.

Supporting this vision our Directorate has five key strategic objectives to:

  • Be a local and national champion against age discrimination  ensuring equal access to the best possible care and treatment for older people with mental health problems and or dementia
  • Improve the quality of specialist services for older people and provide safe and effective care and treatment that is supported by evidenced based practice
  • Increase research activity in the field of old age mental health to strengthen the evidence base for care and treatment and the contribution of the CAG’s workforce
  • Develop additional educational and training opportunities in collaboration with Health Education South London (HESL) and the South London Academic Health Science Network (AHSN)
  • Work inclusively with partner CAGs in King’s Health Partners (which includes the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN)), service users and carers and other stakeholders.

The process of how our service develops has to be continual. We work to use resources to provide maximum benefit and to minimise the need for people with dementia to move away from their homes or local area to receive the most appropriate care according to their needs.

We provide mental health treatment for approximately 6,000 older people from a catchment population of 120,000 covering the boroughs Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark in south east London. We work in partnership with patients, families and carers. In order to maintain high quality care we work closely with family doctors (GPs), local authority departments, voluntary organisations and local community groups.

As well as providing services to Older Adults with mental health problems like depression and psychosis, we also have a remit for dementia care. Dementia is a major priority for the NHS and the National Dementia Strategy  was first published in 2009.  In March 2012, building on that strategy, the Prime Minister launched his challenge on dementia. He identified 3 priorities; Driving improvements in health and care, creating dementia friendly communities that understand how to help and better research.

Dementia is seen as a future public health challenge but despite this, it’s not always recognised by the general public and some professionals. People often don’t ask for help because there’s still a stigma attached. Or they think - wrongly - that the symptoms are a normal part of ageing, and that nothing can be done.

The Dircetorate continues to review and develop services to make sure it’s sustainable and has the ability to focus on those who are most in need.

To find out more information about our services, contact and staff details, visit our service finder and read our conditions page for more specific information about dementia.

Clinical Commissioning Groups and Funding

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are NHS organisations set up by the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to organise the delivery of NHS services in England.

Each borough has a CCG that contracts South London and Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust to provide care for all our mental health services. We also have contracts with local authorities to support our provision of integrated health and social care teams.  These funding arrangements do not include our research work.

 

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