Who we are

South London and Maudsley

We are the fundraising team for South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), which was formed in 1999 after a review of community and mental health services in south east London.

SLaM's aim is to promote the mental health and wellbeing of every individual by providing care and treatment for people with conditions like depression, psychosis and eating disorders. This also involves using cutting-edge research to find new and improved ways to diagnose and treat mental health problems. 

At SLam, there are world-leading clinicians and academics working together to develop the best mental health services possible.

History of SLaM

SLaM have been providing mental health services to residents of South London for almost 800 years, beginning with the founding of Bethlem Royal Hospital in 1247. That year marks the beginning of SLaM, making it the oldest psychiatric institution in the world. When Bethlem moved to its new site at Moorfields in 1770, it was the only public institution that treated people with mental disorders.

A bit later down the line in 1908, Dr Henry Maudsley (a psychiatrist) told London City Council in 1908 to establish a ‘fully equipped hospital for mental disorders’ - which they subsequently did, and called it Maudsley Hospital.

Part of the University of London, in 1948 Maudsley Hospital’s medical school gained independent status as the Institute of Psychiatry. The first director of the Institute was Professor Aubrey Lewis, who played a key role in establishing psychiatry as an academic discipline in the UK. Several decades later, the Institute became a school of King's College London in 1997.

Visit the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust website to learn more, and see our Get Involved section to find out how to fundraise, volunteer and spread the word about the great work of South London and Maudsley.