“The Partnership will bring together a diverse range of experts to answer the challenging and multi-faceted clinical questions that matter most to our patients, spanning across medicine, psychology, neuroscience and social sciences.”
Professor Emily Simonoff, Interim Director of the King’s Maudsley Partnership
Who we are
The King’s Maudsley Partnership for Children and Young People will transform our understanding and treatment of young people’s mental health through a unique collaboration between specialist clinicians from the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and leading academics at King’s College London.
Our experts lead the world in approaches to mental health. Together, we host the largest group of mental health scientists and clinical academics in Europe – there is no other collaboration in the world with this breadth of skills and ambition. Through this unique partnership, clinicians and researchers will collaborate even more closely to find new ways to predict, prevent and treat mental health disorders. This will benefit children locally, nationally and across the globe.
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust provides the widest range of children’s mental health services in Europe. We serve a local population of 1.3 million people in south London and already provide more than 20 national specialist services for children and young people from across the UK, including perinatal services, eating disorders, autism, trauma, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and body dysmorphic disorder, as well as inpatient and community services across south east London.
The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London is a leading centre for psychiatry, psychology and neuroscience research in Europe. We produce more highly cited outputs (top 1%) on psychiatry and mental health than any other centre (SciVal 2021) and have risen from 16th (2014) to 4th (2021) in the world for highly cited neuroscience outputs. Our world-leading research have made, and continue to make, an impact on how we understand, prevent and treat mental illness and other conditions that affect the brain.
Maudsley Charity supports, connects and champions projects, services and the people working in mental health who give those most affected by mental illness the best chance to recover and fulfil their potential. Working alongside South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the IoPPN at King’s College London, we bring together researchers, frontline clinicians, service users, their families and a wide range of voluntary and community organisations to prevent mental illness, improve care and support recovery.
Partnering for better mental health
We are at a rare moment where research and major scientific developments are on the cusp of making a transformational difference to children’s mental health – from the development of new drug-free treatments to digital interventions to prevent, manage and treat poor mental health.
Since the pandemic, we have seen a 30% increase in referrals for children and young people’s mental health at the Maudsley Hospital.
The King’s Maudsley Partnership will enable us to translate research into practical treatments to benefit young people in the shortest possible time, when the need has never been greater. Through the ‘collaboration hubs’ in the new Pears Maudsley Centre, researchers and clinicians will be able to work side-by-side to find new ways to predict, prevent and treat mental health disorders in children and young people.