South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust is a mental health NHS foundation trust with a dedicated and innovative staff and a diverse service user population. There are very few organisations in the world which bring together the same level of the Trust’s skills, experience and capabilities for the benefit of those with mental illness, dementia or addiction to drugs or alcohol.
The Trust provides local services to four diverse and vibrant London boroughs – Southwark, Lambeth, Lewisham and Croydon - each characterised by high levels of deprivation and need. Care is also provided regionally and through national specialist services to patients across England from a large number of sites. This includes the historic Bethlem Royal Hospital in Beckenham (the oldest psychiatric institution in the world dating back to 1247) and Maudsley Hospital in Denmark Hill. Care and treatment are provided for children, adults and older people.
The Trust pioneers better health by integrating excellence in research with education and training. Service users benefit from the high levels of care, world-leading research teams explore new and better treatments, and in-house training facilities pass on the latest knowledge and skills to staff members. This ensures that lessons learned from patient contact and research can be translated into effective treatment, ultimately benefiting people locally, nationally and internationally, improving population health.