Who we are

We provide NHS care and treatment for people with mental health problems. We also provide services for people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol. As well as serving the communities of South London, we provide specialist services for people from across the UK and beyond.

Locally, we deliver mental health services for people living in the London boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark; and substance misuse services for residents of Bexley, Lambeth, Greenwich and Wandsworth.

We provide clinical services in seven London boroughs, with a combined population of nearly 2 million people covering an area of 168 square miles, rich in culture, diversity and architecture.

We are part of an Academic Health Sciences Centre called King's Health Partners with King’s College London, Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts. Our aim is to be a leader in improving health and wellbeing - locally, nationally and globally.

This section of the website provides more information about how our organisation is structured and managed, you can also find out about our Trust Board meeting dates and minutes. Further detail is contained in our freedom of information section of our website.

A truly unique organisation Excellence in treatment, research and training
There are very few organisations in the world that have such wide-ranging capabilities working with mental illness. Our scope is unique because it is built on three major foundations: care and treatment, science and research, and training.

Service users benefit from the highest level of care; research teams explore new and better treatments; and in-house training facilities pass on the latest knowledge and skills to staff members. Close relationships between these three faculties ensure that lessons learned from patient contact and research can be translated into effective treatment, benefiting people locally, nationally and internationally.

Promoting mental health and wellbeing
We are increasingly focused on promoting mental health and wellbeing rather than simply responding to mental illness. Our philosophy of care is the recovery model. We provide treatment that helps people get well and stay well, so they can achieve their full potential. Above all, we believe change is possible, no matter how long someone has had a mental health problem, or how much this has changed their life.

Our integrated adult services make it possible for us to address both an individual’s mental health and social care needs. In particular, we are focusing more on early intervention: getting help to people sooner and supporting them at an earlier stage in their lives – especially younger people. Our work is about changing lives, not just for individuals, but in partnership with them.

 

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