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Centre for Affective Disorders

Clinical Work

The CfAD has a variety of clinical activity which is carried out in partnership with the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. (SLaM) 

SLaM offers the most extensive portfolio of mental health services in the United Kingdom, supported by internationally recognised training and research. 

The Affective Disorders Network

an informal multidisciplinary network for clinicians who are interested in Affective Disorders. Find out more

The Affective Disorders Service at the Maudsley  

Our service provides specialist assessment and treatment for people with complicated or treatment-resistant affective disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder. Our team has an impressive record in treating those who have been previously resistant to treatment. We offer a range of care options, depending on the needs of the person and the referrer: both benefit from the comprehensive specialist input delivered by internationally recognised experts and their teams, with access to the latest evidence-based treatments.


The South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust OPTIMA Mood Disorders Programme

In bipolar disorder, the period immediately following a hospital admission for mania or depression is an important opportunity to optimise treatment and to prevent recurrence and re-admission.  The OPTIMA Mood Disorders Programme is an innovative day programme which will provide intensive out-patient treatment for people with bipolar disorder recently discharged from hospital who are recovering from mania or depression.  

An initial twelve week core programme will provide specialist nursing, occupational therapy, vocational assessments, preliminary psycho-education and psychiatric and physical health reviews. After three months, fortnightly follow-up appointments will be offered for up to two months to support the transition to local community teams. Where appropriate, service users will be offered a full ten week programme of psycho-education. Initially, this service will be available to people from Lambeth and Lewisham. 

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The Perinatal Service

We specialise in the treatment of antenatal and postnatal mental illnesses. Our service is for women who develop or have a relapse of serious mental illness during pregnancy, and women who have developed postnatal depression, post partum psychosis (also known as puerperal psychosis) or have had a relapse of serious mental illness following the birth of their baby.

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