Southwark and Addictions

Our Southwark and Addictions Operations Directorate provides core mental health services for adults of a working age who live in Southwark, alongside the trust’s specialist services and research for addictions.


Adult mental health services in Southwark consist of community mental health teams, some carrying out assessments and some providing on going treatment. Southwark also has complex case management teams for people in supported housing, residential and nursing homes.

Psychological therapies for common conditions such as anxiety and depression are provided by Southwark Talking Therapies (IAPT) and therapy for more serious mental health issues are provided by our integrated psychology and psychotherapy service along with our three-borough personality disorder service.

The directorate includes four acute wards, two male and two female as well as access to male and female psychiatric intensive care services. Southwark also has a number of crisis services including a home treatment team and a hospital liaison service at King’s College Hospital.

Southwark also hosts the four-bedded Health Based Place of Safety and the trust’s Acute Referral Centre (ARC) providing clinical triaging for people needing to be admitted to hospital. The ARC also provides a 24/7 crisis line and the Crisis Assessment Team who are able to attend to anyone in the community to carry out a face-to-face assessment with the police or ambulance service.


We provide addictions outpatient services for people across the UK. We deliver drug, alcohol and smoking cessation services in the community through GP surgeries, outpatient teams and specialist support clinics.

Substance misuse services are provided for people living in Lambeth, Bexley, Greenwich and Wandsworth.

We also provide specialist national services for adults and an alcohol liaison service within King’s College Hospital, Southwark.

Our portfolio includes the National Addiction Centre (NAC), a leading addictions research centre representing a network of clinicians, researchers and clinical teachers who have a shared commitment to excellence in addiction prevention and treatment work.

We directly employ approximately 110 staff working in addictions, and subcontract a further 100 non-NHS staff within our treatment models. We are contracted to provide strong clinical leadership and governance within our established consortium models within the London boroughs of Wandsworth and Lambeth, an integrated system within Bexley and a complex service within Greenwich.

View the directorate's management structure (PDF)

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