Maudsley International is a social enterprise that promotes mental health innovation around the world. The global demand for shared expertise, research and innovation in mental health has existed for many years. However, in the past the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College have only been able to offer international assistance on an ad hoc, on demand basis.
Improving global mental health by sharing local expertise
Maudsley International was founded in 2009 to offer more coherent, structured and proactive assistance to colleagues around the world, with one simple aim: to improve global mental health by sharing local expertise.
This independent organisation is as a social enterprise, coordinating a wide network of associates and colleagues, including many practitioners from SLaM and the IoPPN. Their experience, expertise and research is harnessed and offered as teaching, training and consultancy to organisations overseas, which can be tailored to the specific local environment.
One of the key figures behind the project is Graham Thornicroft, who combines his post as Professor of Community Psychiatry at IoPPN, King’s College London with his role as a Community Psychiatrist with the Lambeth Early Onset Team.
Working in a practical way
He says: “Maudsley International works in a concrete, practical way with colleagues around the world who work in the mental health field. For example, we offer visits to the Trust and the IoPPN either as part of colleagues’ initial or further training, or when they want to learn about specific problems in the provision of better services in their home country.”
Since its creation, Maudsley International has worked with colleagues in more than 40 different countries, and the organisation operates across both mature and emerging world economies.