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About the Trust

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust offers the most extensive spectrum of mental health services in the United Kingdom and aspires to be a pioneer in improving health and wellbeing locally, nationally, and internationally. The Trust serves a local population of 1.3 million in south London, in addition to providing specialised services for children and adults throughout the United Kingdom and beyond. Each year, it treats around 5,000 inpatients and over 40,000 outpatients in Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham, and Croydon communities.


The Trust has also earned a rating of Good by the Care Quality Commission, UK.

Excellence in Treatment, Research and Training


There are only a handful of organisations in the world with such extensive mental illness treatment skills. The scope of the Trust is distinctive due to the fact that it is constructed on three primary pillars: care and treatment, science and research, and training:.

  • Service recipients receive the most excellent standard of treatment.

  • Research teams explore new and better treatments.

  • Internal training facilities provide employees with the most recent information and skills.

Four renowned hospitals are functioning under the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.


1. Bethlem Royal Hospital

Bethlem Royal Hospital is located in the London Borough of Bromley, southeast London, in about 200 acres of green space. The hospital is also home to a variety of specialised services for patients from around the United Kingdom, such as:

  • Children's Unit for children aged between four and 12 years old

  • Affective Disorders Service for complicated or resistant mood disorders like depression, bipolar disorder, emotional disorders, Etc.

  • Bethlem Adolescent Unit for adolescents with serious mental illness who require hospital admission

  • Child and Adolescent PICU for adolescents between the ages of 12 to 18 years old

  • Chelsham House is for people aged over 65 with acute mental illness or under 65 for people who have dementia.

  • Eating Disorders Unit and more

2. Lambeth Hospital


The Lambeth Hospital is within proximity to Clapham North Tube Station and Clapham High Street Railway Station. Multiple inpatient psychiatric units are located within the facility for people suffering from severe or ongoing mental illness. The services of the hospital include:

  • Eden Ward is a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit for men aged 18-65 with severe and ongoing mental health problems.

  • Lambeth Outpatient Department provides assessment, treatment and care for people aged 18-65 with mental health problems. 

  • Luther King Ward provides care for men with acute mental illness who live in the London Borough of Lambeth.

  • Tony Hillis Unit offers services for men aged 18-65 who have been detained on Sections 3 or 37 under the Mental Health Act 1983

  • Ward in the Community provides assessment, treatment and care for men and women aged 18-65 who have mental health problems and who require intensive rehabilitation into the community 


3. Lewisham Hospital


One of our inpatient units, the Ladywell Unit, is based at Lewisham Hospital. The services include: 

  • Clare Ward: Treating men and women aged 18-65 with acute psychiatric illnesses

  • Hayworth Ward: Inpatient assessment, treatment and care for people aged over 65 with acute mental illness or under 65 for people who have dementia

  • Powell Ward: Provide services for men aged 18-65 with acute psychiatric illnesses.

  • Virginia Woolf Ward: Provide assessment and care for people aged 18-65 with an acute psychiatric illness requiring 24-hour hospital care. 

  • Wharton Ward: Provide services for women aged 18-65 with acute psychiatric illness. 


4. Maudsley Hospital


In 1915, the Maudsley Hospital in Camberwell first opened as a military institution, and then in 1923, it became a psychiatric hospital. The hospital provides both inpatient and outpatient care to children and adults. The hospital provides services, including:

  • inpatient assessment, treatment and care for people aged over 65 with acute mental illness

  • inpatient assessment, treatment and care for people aged under 65 who have dementia

  • adult inpatient care and treatment for men aged between 16 and 65 years

  • Autism Assessment 

  • Behavioural Genetics Clinic 

  • Eating Disorders and more


Other acute hospital sites where the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust operates are:

  • Croydon University Hospital

  • Guy's Hospital

  • King's College Hospital

  • Lewisham University Hospital

  • St Thomas' Hospital

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Why should you join South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust?

Leaves and Breaks 


  • Annual leave: As per standard, you are entitled to have 27 days (plus bank holidays) of annual leave, which goes up to 29 days after five years of service and 33 days after ten years.

  • Special leave: Paid or unpaid special leave can be obtained for domestic and personal reasons such as compassionate grounds or adoption.

  • Career breaks: The Trus also provides a career break scheme.

Training and Development 


  • Learning and Development: There are multiple choices to train and specialise in mental health at South London and Maudsley, which provides instruction of the highest calibre.

  • Recognition Schemes: The Trust recognises employees that go above and beyond. At an annual staff awards ceremony, the Trust's management recognises and honours the commitment of its employees and teams. Any staff member may be nominated for a "SLaM Star" award.

  • Job Share: The job share scheme allows you to develop and learn new skills for your career.  

  • Retirement Course: The Trust runs a pre-retirement course for flexible retirement options


Family and Home Life


  • Childcare Vouchers: You can purchase childcare vouchers at a lower rate through the Trust's Fideliti platform.

  • Maternity and Paternity Leaves: The Trust offers generous maternity and paternity leaves and pay. Your entitlement depends on the amount of NHS continuous service. 

  • Staff Accommodation: Trust staff are eligible to apply to rent accommodation on-site at Bethlem Royal Hospital or across south London through our partner housing provider. A range of residential accommodations is available in Southwark, Croydon and Bromley.


Financial and Lifestyle


  • Season Ticket Loans: The Trust offers tax and interest-free loans up to 100% of the value of your season ticket. 

  • Discount Schemes: Discount programmes, such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts, are available.

  • Pension: The Trust offers a highly competitive pension scheme.

  • Car Lease: You may be eligible for discounted lease rates on vehicles from Knowles Associates' vast fleet.

  • Hospital Restaurants and Cafes: The Trust provides freshly made food that tastes great and is fairly priced for the staff, which is a great way to save money every day. 

Health and wellbeing


  • Cycle-to-work Scheme: You may borrow up to £1,000 for a bicycle or bicycle-related equipment. Riding will help you stay in shape and is beneficial to the environment. It might get you to work quicker too.

  • Sports Facilities: The Trust has a range of sports facilities that you can use to keep you in good shape at Bethlem and Maudsley sites. There are also local gyms offering NHS discounts.

  • Counselling and Wellbeing Services: There are free counselling and wellbeing services for staff through Keeping Well in South East - Psychological Therapies Services Provider.  

Other Benefits


Other benefits of working with South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust include:

  • Employee assistance programme

  • Free flu vaccinations

  • Access to our extensive academic library

  • The Mind and Soul Choir

  • Occupational health

  • Physiotherapy service

  • A good work-life balance

LIFE IN London

London is one of the world’s most visited cities, the city has something for everyone. From history and culture to great food and exceedingly good times. London has about 2000 years of history and is deeply cosmopolitan and exotic. It is a fact that one-third of Londoners were born overseas. With such diversity, London’s cultural dynamism makes it among the world’s most international cities.

Transportation Hub


London's public transport is considered as one of the best system in the world. Although the city has great roads and connectivity, London is the most walkable city on the planet. Trust us, there’s nothing better than a walk along the Thames.

The main source of public transport in London revolves around the Underground or the Tube as it is called by Londoners. This extensive network of 12 lines can get you to most places in the centre of the city quickly

The people outside the UK believe that the capital's transport system is one of the safest and most efficient public transport networks in the world. The Underground and the ever-cheerful London cabbie come in for particularly high praise.


Food & Drinks


London's food doesn't come any more traditional - or tasty - than good old pie and mash. The Londoners particularly love to have tea a lot. 

Fish and chips are a delicious, fried dish that consists of batter-coated, fried fish and chips. This delightful yet straightforward meal originated in England and has become one of the most famous London foods. It is best served hot and is eaten as a main course – but you can find it as a take-away snack from food stalls around London.

The English Breakfast is one of the best London foods, and many cafes and pubs serve it at any time of the day.

The city has numerous eateries, restaurants and pubs that you find in every corner serving multiple cuisines from Mexican tortillas, Italian pastas, Indian kebabs, Chinese dishes to tasty Japanese sushi. Almost every street in the city has cafes and pubs that exuberates anyone and everyone.  



London welcomes everyone and represents the cosmopolitan world, you will definitely find it as an extremely amazing place to live and add value to your lifestyle. Amazingly, the ‘Big Smoke’ is home to more than 270 nationalities and 300 languages.

The society of London is a multicultural society and the people are welcoming of every culture and creed.

The level of politeness among British people may surprise you at first as it’s certainly more prevalent than in some other countries. Don’t worry though because it’s easy to get used to; just say ‘thank you’ when someone has given you something or moved out of the way for you, ‘please’ when asking for something and ‘sorry’ should you bump into someone or inconvenience them slightly.


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