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    Major milestone in developing world class mental health facilities

    We are delighted to announce that the Trust has selected the preferred bidder to deliver our two new hospitals at Springfield and Tolworth

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    We are now a totally smokefree Trust 

    This new smokefree policy will help protect patients, staff and visitors from the dangers of secondhand smoke

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    Help us celebrate mental health this October

    Every year we  celebrate World Mental Health Day with a month long series of events across our sites to raise awareness of mental health and to stamp out stigma across south west London. 

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recruitment process

Recruitment process

We want the best - the best services for our patients and the best people to help them.

That is why we have developed a simple, effective, recuitment process to ensure we get the right candidates.  And having recruited them that is not the end of the process.  We have put together a comprehensive range of benefits and career development paths to make sure they get the most out of their time with us.

Come and join our team.

A day at the trust

What our staff say

Every single day, our dedicated teams carry out a wide range of tasks to support our patients and their friends, families and carers. 

Our staff work across a range of disciplines and provide care and treatment to almost 20,000 people from south west London and beyond.

Every day is different. Every day is a challenge. Every day is an opportunity to help others.

 

We asked some of our staff what they like about working in mental health...

Sarah 1Sarah: Staff Nurse and Preceptee Mentor at SWLSTG

How long have you been working in mental health? I have worked as a RMN within the Trust for just over a year but I have previous experience     working with those within mental health as a HCA in an acute CAMHS inpatient unit whilst I was a student nurse.

Did you work in any other area before working in mental health? I have worked as a support worker previously with children and adults with learning difficulties.

Why are you passionate about it? I am passionate about working to support others and teaching which has always been an interest of mine.

What is one of the best things about working in mental health? I love the hands on work and learning something new everyday working with patients aswell as alongside my colleagues

What is the one misconception you think is out there about mental health? People with mental health problems can snap out of it or change if they tried hard enough.


Hannah: Occupational Therapist in Deaf mental healthHannah 1

How long have you been working in mental health? 10 years ! 9 months in a Low Secure Women’s unit, 4 years in drug and alcohol detox ward (Rowan Ward), 5 years in rehab (Phoenix Unit) and now I’m working in Deaf mental health (Bluebell Ward).

Did you work in any other area before working in mental health? Before working in mental health, I was and OT student. When we train to be OTs, as part of our course, we have to have placements so I have also worked on a neuro stroke ward, community physical health, eating disorders, Early Intervention, CAMHS ward and elderly mental health.Before I trained to be an OT I worked in Sainsbury’s and staples doing sales assistant’s work. I also worked briefly as a pharmacy assistant which I really enjoyed and actually helped me as an OT.

Why are you passionate about it? They say 1 in 4 people can experience a mental health problem, which really means that all of us will have at least 1 or more people in our life struggling. This means that mental health really affects everyone whether you are a service user, carer, friend, parent, family member etc. I am also passionate about it because of the cuts made to services, it’s important, given the current circumstances, that we provide the best support, care and easiest access we can within our remit. I am also passionate about mental health as I have also had my own journey as a service user. There have been ups and downs but I was lucky enough to access the right interventions. I believe that it’s really important to be able to talk about our own mental health (including at work!) to break down stigma and increase more open meaningful conversations.

What is one of the best things about working in mental health? Certainly as an OT it’s the variety. I can be baking one day, walking the next, going to a museum, trying to figure out why someone cant wash themselves…..also I get to meet all kinds of people.

What is the one misconception you think is out there about mental health? I think there is still an idea in the general public that people with mental health problems are ‘crazy’ or ‘dangerous’ which is obviously wrong, anyone could have a mental health problem. However, certainly the younger generation are much more informed about mental health through the internet. I was recently on a discussion panel at University of Arts London talking about mental health and politics and my mind was blown by how much the room of students aged between 18-25 knew and the recovery focused and trauma informed language they were using.


Name Bertha: Senior Development NurseBertha 1

How long have you been working in mental health? 10 years

Did you work in any other area before working in mental health? Before becoming a mental health nurse I was a high school teacher for a while. One summer holiday I bumped into an old colleague who had left teaching and gone to train as a mental health nurse. She started to share with me her experiences as a mental health nurse and I felt so inspired. This was a turning point for me and I decided that I was going to change careers and go and train as a mental health nurse. It was a leap of faith but it just felt right and continues to be one of the best decisions of my life as I love my job.

Why are you passionate about it? It is amazing how you get to share one’s journey and be a part of the support they might need at that particular time. Learning that each person is a unique individual and taking the time to listen. Although in my current role I do not have the opportunity for a lot of clinical work, I have a platform where I can share my passion with student nurses, preceptees and mentors and hopefully inspire them the way I have fortunately been inspired by some fantastic mental health nurses along my journey.

What is one of the best things about working in mental health? Every day is different and I get to meet different individuals both staff and patients and learn so much from each and every one.

What is the one misconception you think is out there about mental health? That mental health nursing is ‘hard’ on the contrary I have found it really rewarding and enjoyable.

getting to us

Getting to us

Our Trust headquarters are in the impressive grounds of Springfield University Hospital in Tooting, with major inpatient services provided from Tolworth hospital in Kingston, and Queen Mary's hospital in Roehampton.

We also provide community and outpatient services in each of the local borough we serve and other community locations in London and the south east.

You can find information on each of our services and key locations in our directory of key locations and services.

Parking

Parking is available at all of our hospitals and is available at, or nearby, many of our other locations.  Please allow plenty of time when travelling to your appointment. If you are travelling by car at peak times there may be traffic congestion and you will need to find, and pay for, a parking space.

Find out more about car parking.

 

Springfield Just Deli restaurant

 

Hot food is available from the main restuarant at Springfield Hospital between 8.30am and 2.30pm Monday to Friday. 

There are also vending machines in snack areas by the restaurant and also in the main building (building 14) which are open from 8.00am to 8.00pm Monday to Friday. The vending machines offer a range of sandwiches, crisps, confectionery and Costa coffee.

Tolworth restaurant

Hot food and snacks. are available atTolworth Hospital between 8.30am and 2.30pm Monday to Friday.

 

trustwide magazine

Newsletters

In this section you will find our latest newletters detailing the activities of our Trust.

Trustwide

Trustwide is our quarterly staff newsletter. It includes the latest news from around the Trust and in-depth features on work and developments as well as  the work of our staff and their achievements. You can read the latest edition by clicking on the image below. You can read previous issues here.

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