International visiting programmes

Our international visiting programmes

Maudsley Learning is proud to run a range of comprehensive clinical visiting  and observer programmes. We are part of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) which is based in London, England, and can trace its history back 800 years. We run the largest psychiatry training programme in Europe and offer the widest range of mental health services in the country. As such we are an ideal place to see and learn about mental health services, research and training.

We run three large psychiatric hospitals (Bethlem Royal Hospital, Lambeth Hospital and the Maudsley Hospital) and other services across 74 community sites with 300 clinical teams. Each year SLaM provides about 5,000 people with hospital treatment and about 45,000 people with community services.

Our mission is to ensure that everything we do is to improve the lives of the people and communities we serve and to promote mental health and wellbeing for all – locally, nationally and internationally.


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Our international visiting programmes, sometimes known as clinical attachments or observerships, provide healthcare professionals from around the world with the opportunity to learn and work alongside our clinicians to observe a range of our clinical activities and associated services. The programmes can run from 1 – 12 weeks and you will have the chance to experience a wide range of activities.

A full list of services can be found on the SLaM website but placements can include:

● Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) ● Older adult and dementia services ● General adult in patient services ● Out patient and community teams ● Home treatment and crisis teams ● Forensic psychiatry ● Perinatal services ● Autism and learning disability services ● Neuropsychiatry ● Affective disorder or psychosis services  ● Eating disorders ● Addictions ● Psychological medicine and liaison psychiatry services ● Maudsley Simulation and Maudsley Learning education teams

Strengthening international relationships and promoting exchange of healthcare professionals are very important for us. In a placement you will get to experience a range of clinical experiences such as:

● Wards rounds ● Attending multi-disciplinary team (MDT) meetings ● Clinic consultations and assessments ● Emergency crisis work ● Therapeutic treatment programmes ● Meet and work with a range of doctors, nurses and other professionals

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You will also have the chance to attend a wide range of other events in conjunction with our partners in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London. The IoPPN has grown in the last 100 years from the Maudsley hospital’s medical school to one of the largest and most prestigious mental health research units in the world today. As such other opportunities can include:

● Attending scheduled in-house training ● Regular high quality seminars ● The weekly Maudsley Grand Round ● Access to high quality psychiatry libraries ● Simulation training (ML)● Regular Q&A and support sessions for visitors on larger scale programmes



Our visiting programmes can last from 1 – 12 weeks for individuals or for institutions seeking to send larger numbers of staff. For more information on the duration, location and fees for our international visiting programmes please fill out the form below and we look forward to speaking with you soon!

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