South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) is a mental health NHS foundation trust with a dedicated and innovative staff and a diverse service user population. As well as serving the communities of south London, it provides over 50 specialist mental health services for children and adults across the UK including a Mother and Baby Unit, Eating Disorders, National Psychosis Unit and National Autism Unit. There are very few organisations in the world which bring together 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, 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, education and training, and patient care. Service users benefit from the highest level 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 and improving population health.