Research at SLaM is a vital part of our services. We have formed two powerful research partnerships that allow us to remain at the forefront of research into the treatment and prevention of mental health problems.
King’s Health Partners
SLaM has joined with King’s College London, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College NHS Foundation Trust to establish King’s Health Partners, an Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC).
As one of only five AHSCs in the United Kingdom, we deliver healthcare to patients and undertake health-related science and research. We also have a well-developed role in teaching and education.
Our aim is to create a centre where world-class research, teaching and clinical practice are brought together for the benefit of patients. We want to make sure that the lessons from research are used more swiftly, effectively and systematically to improve healthcare services for people with physical and mental health problems.
At the same time as competing on the international stage, our focus remains on providing local people with the very best care that the NHS has to offer. King’s Health Partners is bringing real and lasting benefits to the communities of south London. Local people will continue to benefit from access to worldleading healthcare experts and clinical services which are underpinned by the latest research knowledge. There are also benefits for the local area in regeneration, education, jobs and economic growth.
SLaM’s services are organised into Clinical Academic Groups (CAGs). The creation of CAGs involves bringing people together who are experts in their field – whether that’s cancer care, dementia or diabetes – so that we can offer patients the very best care and treatment, based upon reliable research evidence. This involves clinical staff like doctors and nurses working alongside academic researchers much more closely than ever before. And it means that patients will receive a high quality service.
There are eight CAGs involving mental health services, teaching and research:
- Behavioural and developmental psychiatry
- Child and adolescent mental health services
- Clinical neurosciences
- Mental health of older adults and dementia
- Mood, anxiety and personality
- Psychological medicine
The Institute of Psychiatry
We are proud of our unique clinical and academic partnership with the adjacent Institute of Psychiatry, part of King’s College London. The Institute is the largest academic community in Europe devoted to the study and prevention of mental health problems. Working together means that lessons learnt from research are translated directly into better treatment locally, nationally and internationally. Many of the consultants who work in SLaM’s national services are researchers at the Institute.
If you would like to see research data or outcomes from a specific service, please contact the service directly.