Work experience and apprenticeships
Unfortunately, due to a reduction in planned activities, the Medical Education Department is unable to offer work experience for 16-18 year olds in 2017.
We hope to continue the project in 2018.
Psychology graduate internship scheme
Our psychology graduate internship scheme gives psychology graduates an opportunity to volunteer in real work settings to gain valuable experience.
If you would like more information about our Psychology Graduate Internship Scheme please download our leaflet. This will explain how the scheme works, the internship placements that are available and how to make an application.
If you are interested in making an application for an internship as a psychology graduate you will need to complete the application form and two supplementary information forms.
All three forms must be completed and submitted via email.
When you email all three application forms please ensure that you place the full name and reference code in the subject bar e.g.
Ref: 001Psychology & Psychotherapies Department 2015 Improving Outcomes in Psychological Therapies
Tolworth Hospital Redevelopment
We are planning to develop new health facilities at the Tolworth hospital site. Tolworth Hospital will become a modern centre of excellence delivering expert mental health care.
Our facilities at Tolworth Hospital simply do not meet today's need. Existing buildings are mainly old, unsuitable and expensive to run which means we have less to spend on frontline services and jobs. Through our programme to invest an extra £160 million in better mental health services we now have an opportunity to create modern mental health inpatient services at Tolworth Hospital, which could be amongst the best in the country.
Investing in Tolworth Hospital
We want to ensure our patients receive the best possible care in the best facilities. Our new buildings at Tolworth Hospital will meet the latest standards for mental health care as suggested by the Care Quality Commission (the NHS regulator), providing excellent facilities for our patients and a good working environment for our staff.
The new hospital will require millions of pounds of investment but overall there will be a significant reduction in running costs and excellent clinical benefits for our patients. The majority of the funds for building our two new hospitals are being raised through selling land no longer required for our services.
Our aim is for our new hospitals to lead the way and become centres of excellent for mental health service provision.
- Updating the current, outdated buildings
- Improving ward layouts, creating a good environment for patients and staff
- Effective use of NHS resources in the long term future
- Providing care and accommodation of the very best standard
- Reducing running cost so more can be spent on frontline services and jobs
Based on current timelines, construction is expected to begin by 2018/2019.
Regular updates are provided through our e-newsletter which can be found in the key documents below. If you have further questions then please email email@example.com.
Springfield hospital history
Springfield has housed a mental health hospital from 1840. Until the 19th Century, few facilities were available for people who suffered from mental illness.
Many individuals wandered the streets or were looked after by their families. Standards in private 'asylums' and the few public hospitals that did exist were very low.
The Asylum Act of 1808 encouraged the building of public hospitals. In the 1830s, Surrey magistrates decided to establish a county asylum. Building began in 1838 on Springfield Park, originally the site of an 18th Century mansion.
The hospital opened on 15 June 1841 as the Surrey County Pauper Lunatic Asylum. It received 299 patients, transferred from various private pauper asylums across Surrey. In the beginning, the asylum coped with every sort of clinical problem; specialist facilities developed gradually over time. The cottage hospital opened in 1872, and an infirmary block and operating theatre followed in 1881.
In 1897 the annex (now the admission building) opened, admitting 20 mentally handicapped children. Patients with learning disabilities were also removed from the general wards. This was an ambitious move at the time. It enabled the asylum to develop an active approach to the education and training of those with learning disabilities.
The members of the asylum committee were often wealthy aristocrats who had altruistic motives and time to spare. The medical staff worked with few resources and little training as psychiatry was still in its infancy. There were no professional standards of knowledge or practice, and most doctors trained by apprenticeship.
Over the next 100 years, admission rates soared. Many were suffering the effects of poverty and alcoholism. And as more people moved away from agricultural life to city living, those with mental illness often became a burden their families could not support. In 1959, an act of parliament allowed the number of patients to be controlled and their needs matched to a specific type of treatment.
From the 1960s onwards, the number of inpatients began to fall. This reflected changes in treatment, and changes in attitudes towards mental health. Some large institutions that had provided long-term residential care for people with mental health problems closed.
Springfield University Hospital remained open, but implemented changes. Now, there are fewer inpatient beds and the majority of services are provided in outpatient or community settings.