South London Mental Health and Community Partnership

Mental illness is the single largest cause of disability in the UK and each year about one in four people suffer from a mental health problem. The cost to the economy is estimated to be around £100 billion annually – roughly the cost of the entire NHS. Physical and mental health are closely linked – people with severe and prolonged mental illness die on average 15 to 20 years earlier than other people – one of the greatest health inequalities in England.

The NHS Five Year Forward View, published in October 2014, recognised that there is no one-size fits all and set out the challenge for leading NHS trusts to respond to the needs of the community by working together to deliver a better NHS for patients.

SLP Chief Executives

As a result Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and South West London and St. George’s Mental Health NHS Trust are working together to spearhead a better mental health service across south London. This partnership is called the South London Mental Health and Community Partnership.

The partnership, which is a result of greater collaboration across the mental health sector and the first of its kind in London, champions the hospital chain model where high-performing NHS organisations come together to share innovations and provide support to other trusts.

The three chief executives are dedicated to lead high quality changes across South London so that patients continue to receive high quality care for generations to come as a result of this partnership.

Ben Travis, Oxleas Chief Executive said "We believe that by working together as the South London Mental Health and Community Partnership, we bring together a critical mass of expertise and resources that can help to deliver greater quality health care services for the local population."