We want you to get involved and have your say about our services. As a mental health trust, putting the public, patients and carers at the centre of our plans and getting their input is very important to us.
When plans are being considered about our services, we want to hear what you have to say so that your views are integral in helping us make decisions about services.
Information will be available in this section of the website where you can find out about consultations and engagement opportunities.
Today, one in eight children and young people are estimated to have a mental health disorder and half of adult mental health difficulties begin before the age of 15.
Our vision is a world in which every child enters adulthood with good mental health, which is why we want to share our proposals with you for our ground-breaking new £65m centre for children and young people.
The new centre will bring together, under one roof, the world’s leading experts in mental health research and clinical care from South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London. By working closely together, experts from these organisations will collaborate on ground-breaking research to better understand the causes of mental ill health and intervene early.
Our aim is ambitious but achievable. Through this new centre we want to halve the time it takes to find new treatments to help children and young people with mental health diffuclties.
The proposed new child-friendly building will include state of the art research and inpatient facilities including therapy spaces, a new home for the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School and community areas for families to come together.
The ambition is for the new centre to become a national beacon of excellence that will transform lives and be the home of world class research.
If you would like to learn more about our plans for future mental health care for children and young people then please come to our public exhibition where you can see the diesng, meet the project team, ask questions and share your views with us.
The exhibition is taking place at The ORTUS Conferencing and Events Venue, 82 to 96 Grove Lane, Camberwell, SE5 8SN on:
• Thursday 13 February, 4pm to 8pm • Friday 14 February, 2pm to 5pm • Saturday 15 February, 10.30am to 2pm
Improving inpatient mental health services for Lambeth
As members of the Lambeth Living Well Network Alliance (LWNA), NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, are proposing changes to transform the mental health inpatient wards for adults in Lambeth Hospital.
We want to know what you think about our proposal to move adult inpatient mental health services from Lambeth Hospital, in Landor Road, Lambeth to new, high-quality facilities on the Maudsley Hospital site, in Denmark Hill, in Southwark. View a video featuring Clinical Director for Lambeth Dr Robert Harland, explaining the proposals in detail and also providing a virtual tour of the proposed building.
As part of the LWNA, we have been working hard to improve community and home-based services, and provide more care closer to home. Our vision is to shift the focus from long-term and sometimes inappropriate stays in hospital to community and home-based services that are joined up, easier to access and more cost effective. When some people, due to the severity of their mental health needs, require specialist support in hospital, we want them to be treated in safe, modern and therapeutic accommodation.
The wards at Lambeth Hospital no longer meet acknowledged modern standards and are not fit for purpose. The way some wards are arranged does not support the privacy, dignity and safety that our service users should expect. This impacts on people’s recovery and the experience of the care they receive.
For our staff it makes their role more difficult. This impacts on team morale, recruitment and retention. These issues have been raised by service users, families, and by staff as well as by regulators such as the Care Quality Commission (CQC), whose role is to monitor the quality of services.
NHS Lambeth CCG and the Trust recognise the urgent need to improve inpatient accommodation for mental health services in Lambeth.
Our preferred option is to move the inpatient services for adults from Lambeth Hospital to the Maudsley Hospital site in Denmark Hill. This would not change the number of beds available for service users.
A new, purpose-built building, on the Maudsley Hospital site, would provide a modern, safe and therapeutic environment for service users at accepted modern standards. It would have individual en-suite bathrooms for all bedrooms, direct access to large outdoor balconies and fresh air, good views across the wards for staff, family rooms and a multi-faith space.
The only alternative option is to continue to use the existing wards and buildings on the Lambeth Hospital site, with their existing problems.
An option to develop a new high-quality facility on the Lambeth Hospital site was also looked at. However, this would have meant relocating services during construction, causing major disruption for many years and would have needed additional funding of around £30m. This was unrealistic and financially unsustainable, and therefore not taken forward to consultation.
We want to know whether you agree with the proposed move, what benefits you think the proposal could have and what concerns you have. Do you have any other solutions or alternative options that you think we should consider? We are also keen to understand your views on whether the proposal might affect some individuals and groups more than others.
Due to the Covid-19 crisis, in-person public consultation events have been cancelled. Options to move these online are being explored; more information will be published when available.
Proposal to improve two adult inpatient mental health wards – the Lishman Unit and the Eating Disorders Unit – moving them from their current home at the Bethlem Royal Hospital into a new, fit-for-purpose building at the Maudsley Hospital, in Denmark Hill.
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust provides the widest range of services in the UK for people with mental health problems or an addiction to drugs or alcohol.
In contrast to some other NHS trusts in the country, most of our hospital buildings are old and in poor condition and do not reflect our world-leading approach.
Two of these national specialist services that greatly need updating are:
the inpatient Eating Disorders Unit and rehabilitation service (EDU); internationally renowned for its research and at the forefront of treatment development
the Lishman Unit, a national specialist inpatient ward for neuropsychiatry and brain injury
Both units are currently based at Bethlem Royal Hospital in Bromley. They were built more than 30 years ago, before modern mental health building design guidance was released which recommends en-suite bathrooms, social and family space and direct access to outside space. This has been raised as a pressing issue by service users, families and staff as well as by regulators such as the Care Quality Commission, whose role it is to monitor the quality of services.
The key issues with the current wards include:
old, run-down facilities which do not promote a healthy, healing environment
small bedrooms, none of which have their own en suite bathrooms, and not enough assisted bathroom facilities available
lines of sight for staff looking after service users are poor – this is particularly important to keep service users safe
no unsupervised access to outdoor space and fresh air
the environment is very cramped for service users and staff, with no purpose-designed facilities for family visits or therapeutic activities
To ensure the safety and quality of our services for service users, there is an urgent need to improve the inpatient accommodation.
A new high-quality inpatient facility at the Maudsley Hospital
We are currently consulting on a proposal to develop new services on the Maudsley Hospital site in Southwark, replacing the old Douglas Bennett House.
The new, purpose-built building gives us the opportunity to include brand new, specially designed wards for EDU and the Lishman Unit, using all of the latest principles of healthcare design, providing a modern, safe and therapeutic environment for service users.
Maudsley Hospital is in a central south London location, eight miles north of the Bethlem Royal Hospital, in TfL Zone 2. It is less than five minutes’ walk from Denmark Hill train station, which is on Thameslink and Southeastern national rail lines, and the London Overground. The hospital is located between the popular hubs of Brixton, Peckham and Camberwell, and serviced by sixteen bus routes.
Following this engagement and if a wider consultation about proposals to move services to the Maudsley Hospital site is agreed, the relocation of the units would be expected to take place in 2022/23.
Benefits of the proposed move include:
purpose-built, specially configured wards, designed for service users’ needs
individual, en suite bathrooms for all bedrooms and more assisted bathrooms available
direct, unsupervised access to large balconies, a roof garden or courtyards landscaped with trees, seating and raised beds for therapeutic gardening
direct views across the wards for staff to observe service users for their safety
specifically allocated private office and lounge spaces for staff
amore therapeutic environment with access to a range of therapy and treatment rooms, quiet rooms, family rooms and multifaith spaces
The wards would be located next to the existing outpatient service and day care unit on the Maudsley Hospital site and close to the acute physical healthcare services at King’s College Hospital allowing for better access to services for patients, and collaborative, multidisciplinary working for staff.
The building would be more energy efficient and needs less maintenance.
Image: Proposed look of new patient bedroom
We want your views
Engagement will run for six weeks from 4 May until 14 June 2020.
What benefits do you think there are and what concerns do you have? Do you have any other solutions or alternative options that you think we should consider? Do you think the proposal might affect some individuals and groups more than others?