Mental Health of Older Adults and Dementia

Services for the mental health of older adults and dementia (MHOAD) Clinical Academic Group (CAG) are managed within the Psychological Medicine and Older Adults Directorate. We offer a range of community and hospital based mental health services covering the London boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark.

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These include Community Mental Health Teams, Care Home Intervention Teams, memory services, psychology and psychotherapy services, home treatment teams, inpatient care, specialist care, and liaison services.

Read the latest news from the Mental Health of Older Adults and Dementia CAG.

Education

The CAG provides a range of education and training programmes, including a Band 7 development programme, medications management training for inpatient, specialist care and community staff, and simulation training.

We've also developed an online training platform with materials to support good practice in dementia and psychosis in later life called the Dementia Training Centre.

Key education achievements include:

  • New e-learning course on recovery focused practice in older people’s services on the Dementia Training Centre.

Research

The CAG has world leading researchers in Parkinson's disease dementia/Dementia with Lewy bodies, the global epidemiology of older people’s mental health problems and the use of clinical informatics to inform research and service development.

We have a full time specialist MHOAD pharmacist who has led work on developing a simple tool, the Anticholinergic Effect on Cognition score (AEC) for determining the cognitive side effects of physical health medications.

We are leading publicly funded randomised clinical trials and have a programme to improve recruitment of our Memory Service patients into clinical trials to develop and improve treatment for older patients with mental health difficulties and dementia, in line with the Government’s Dementia Challenge.

Our work in dementia has identified novel biomarkers for diagnosis and progression monitoring, new treatment and effectiveness trials, for example developing new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) markers based on the shape of the hippocampus to confirm diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease at the earliest stage, and trialling potential course-modifying drugs in patients within our memory services.  

Innovations and achievements

  • Read about how our clinical academic collaborations are improving the lives of our patients in Innovation Impact Stories
  • See 70 examples of key achievements from across our partnership in our CAGraphics booklet.
We aim to transform the quality of our clinical services, research and education for older people with mental illness or dementia and their carers, until we are confident that we set an example of quality and effectiveness.
Dr Dan Harwood, Clinical Director and Consultant Psychiatrist at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Mental Health of Older Adults and Dementia Clinical Academic Group Leaders

Dr Dan Harwood, Clinical Director and Consultant Psychiatrist at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust 

Vanessa Smith, Service Director, Psychological Medicine and Older Adults Directorate