Cavendish Square Group member, South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) has welcomed members of the London Assembly Health Committee to meet with staff and service users at their specialist Deaf services.
As part of a review by the Health Committee into access for mental health services for Deaf people, the Trust is working alongside the Health Committee at the London Assembly to provide an insight into the challenges facing the Deaf community.
The Trust demonstrated to the committee how its staff and services have adapted to support Deaf people and discussed the difficulties Deaf adults and children have faced in accessing mental health care in the past.
David Bradley, Chief Executive of SWLSTG, said: “We were delighted to welcome members of the London Assembly Health Committee to our site and show them the innovative services we have available for the Deaf community.”
“We pride ourselves on delivering innovative new ways to improve accessibility for our Deaf community and hope we can work with partners across London to make services more accessible for this community and continue to improve mental health care for Deaf people.”
The Trust provides a range of comprehensive mental health services for Deaf adults, children and their families. The Trust’s Springfield University Hospital provides assessment, treatment and interventions for a full range of mental illnesses, for adults with severe to profound hearing loss. It is also the base for the National Deaf Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
Specialist services such as those showcased at SWLSTG ensure that the services offered are tailored to London’s varied communities and the treatments offered are as effective and accessible as possible.
This is vital, particularly when it comes to CAMHS where over 111,000 young Londoners are suffering from mental ill-health and 50% of mental health problems will occur before someone is 14 years old. Ensuring that all communities have access to early intervention is crucial for providing the right mix of treatment and support to help our capital’s young people recover and remain well into adulthood.