About us

We are an independent NHS charity, we work together with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, which provides the widest range of mental health services in England and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London.

About the Maudsley Charity

We support patients and carers, clinical care teams and scientists who are working towards improving mental health. We fund ideas, big and small, that drive improvement and support people who experience mental illness.

Why we’re here

When someone becomes ill, the effect on them, their friends and family can be life-changing. It can happen to any of us. The consequences of mental ill health are far reaching – affecting employment, relationships, finances and even life expectancy.

The Maudsley Charity exists to fund the people and projects striving to improve care, support recovery and prevent mental illness.

How we work

We work with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. Together we drive direct improvements in prevention, clinical care and treatment. This unique partnership enables us to fund innovative projects and research which change lives across London, the UK and the world. Building the proof and expertise which will allow us all to live in better mental health.

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London are part of King’s Health Partners, an Academic Health Sciences Centre that brings together King’s College London, Guy’s and St Thomas‘, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts. The organisations work together to combine basic and translational health research, clinical care and education to create world-leading improvements in healthcare.

Maudsley Hospital

We also work with a wide range of voluntary organisations and partners who share our values and commitment to improving mental health. You can find out more about our work and future plans by reading our strategy.

We’re committed to the mental health and well-being of those who live locally, but we believe that the work that we fund can have impact at a national and international level. Our primary area of operation are the boroughs that South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and substance misuse (drug and alcohol) services in, these are: Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark.

"The Maudsley Charity ultimately is all about improving care for people who need mental health services and helping us provide better care."

Beverley Murphy, Chief Operating Officer (Acting), South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

London boroughs

We work in Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark and beyond

Where we’ve come from

We can trace our history back to 1247 and the foundation of Bethlem Royal Hospital, the oldest psychiatric institution in the world.

In 1923 the Maudsley Hospital opened. Founded by Henry Maudsley, his vision was to create a centre where patient care, education and research came together to build knowledge and deliver the best possible treatment for patients.

In 1948 the Maudsley Hospital joined Bethlem Royal Hospital and later merged with Lewisham and Guy’s Mental Health Trust and Lambeth Mental Health services to become South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) in 1999. You can explore over 750 years of history by reading our timeline.

The hospital trust provides the widest range of mental health services in England including more than 50 national and specialist services for adults and children.

The Maudsley Hospital’s medical school, evolved to become the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), part of King’s College London. The IoPPN is a world leader in its field.

The unique and pioneering collaboration envisaged by Henry Maudsley continues today, supported by the Maudsley Charity.

"The beauty of the Charity is it allows you the time and the breathing space to think ‘how are we going to do this differently? – how are we going to progress this work?"

Nuala Conlan, Involvement and Participation Lead South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust