South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust is a large and complex multi-site provider of mental health services – providing the widest range of NHS mental health services in the UK. We aim to make a difference to lives by seeking excellence in all areas of mental health and wellbeing.

We also provide substance misuse services for people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol. Our 4,800 staff serve a local population of 1.3 million people. We offer more than 230 services including inpatient wards, outpatient and community services. We provide inpatient care for approximately 3,900 people each year and we treat more than 67,000 patients in the community in Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham and Croydon. As well as serving the communities of south London, we provide more than 20 specialist services for children and adults across the UK including perinatal services, eating disorders, psychosis and autism.

We are the most research active mental health trust in England and work closely with the Institute of Psychiatry Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, and hold an NIHR Biomedical Research Centre devoted to mental health research.  We are a part of King’s Health Partners Academic Health Science Centre.

Supported by its NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, SLaM has been at the forefront of mental health data science innovation over the last 10 years. This has particularly focused on SLaM’s Clinical Record Interactive Search (CRIS) platform which currently supports research use of de-identified electronic health records from over 400,000 service users within a robust, patient-led information governance and data security model. CRIS has been successfully linked with a range of other data resources, within and outside healthcare, has been enhanced through a range of natural language processing (‘text mining’) algorithms, and has supported over 150 research publications to date. Further information and contact details can be found here.

SLaM’s datasets in the Innovation Gateway