The Maudsley Charity provides funding to improve NHS mental health care

The charity has committed more than £1.45m of funding to support six projects across King’s Health Partners that will develop new approaches to patient care and treatment.

Maudsley Charity fundingThe Maudsley Charity, which supports the work of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, has announced funding for six projects that will support expert clinicians and researchers to trial and deliver new services for patients.  

The funding is the largest financial commitment by any NHS mental health charity in 2019.  Talking about the funding Chief Executive of Maudsley Charity, Rebecca Gray, said:

Our ambition is for the experience and learning gained here to have an impact nationally as well as locally. This funding of more than £1.45m demonstrates our commitment to accelerate changes in clinical care and improve the lives of people who experience mental illness.

The commitment will fund the following projects:

A mobile app for people with autism and anxiety 

A clinical team led by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, working with the research charity Autistica, will enable further development of a mobile app to support autistic people to manage anxiety.  Anxiety is the most common treatable mental health condition in autism and is experienced by the 40% of the 700,000 autistic people in the UK. (source: NAS)  Read more.

A project supporting people with autism experiencing eating disorders  

Working together with NHS patients, staff from South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, will develop accessible and tailored treatment for patients with a diagnosis of Autism and an eating disorder, improving clinical outcomes and developing national guidance for NHS practice - there are currently no guidelines for this patient group.  Read more.

A programme supporting young people in care 

A programme delivered by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust clinicians has been developed, working with children and young people who have been in local authority care. The project will identify and support people experiencing anxiety, low mood or stress – helping them to learn coping techniques and skills. Funding for the project will also be used to teach NHS clinicians and local authority staff the skills to use this care model in their daily work, equipping staff with new clinical support skills.  Read more.

Earlier access to effective treatment for patients with psychosis 

In 25% of patients with psychosis, standard treatment with antipsychotic medication is ineffective. The only treatment that can help these patients is a medication called Clozapine. However, there is often a delay of several years before patients can access Clozapine treatment.  

Funding this project will enable clinicians at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London to evaluate a new approach designed to substantially reduce this delay, allowing patients to access effective treatment sooner. If successful, this approach is likely to change the way that people with ‘treatment resistant’ psychosis are treated.  Read more.

Body worn camera study 

Body worn cameras allow NHS staff and patients on inpatient wards to request a situation to be filmed. The use of body worn cameras is being trialled in several mental health trusts in the UK. This project, led by researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London and clinicians at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, will undertake the largest study to date of NHS staff and patient attitudes to the potential use of body worn cameras and explore the ethical and therapeutic considerations of their use in NHS healthcare settings.  Read more.

A project supporting mental health in young people with Epilepsy  

Around 80,00* young people in the UK have epilepsy, they also have disproportionately more mental health problems than other young people.  This project led by researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, working with NHS clinicians across South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, will develop new interventions to screen young people with epilepsy for mental health conditions, and provide them with better care. (*  Read more.

Learn more about the funding on The Maudsley Charity website.