Capacity building and professional development

We can help you design and deliver a capacity building programme tailored to the specific needs of your workforce.

Bespoke capacity building might include:

• 'Learn and Observe' Specialised Service Placements
• Maudsley International Psychiatry Fellowships
• Mental Health Awareness Workshops
• Best Practice Masterclasses

'Learn and Observe' Specialised Service Placements

'Learn and Observe' Specialised Service Placements are for small groups of experienced staff who want to increase their knowledge of managing and organising a specialist mental health service.

The group activity takes place in London for a two to four week period: participants spend one week in the classroom with leading experts in the field, and then observe specialist teams at work.

This activity is particularly suitable for groups of four to six professionals who are developing, or planning to develop, a new service, and already have resources allocated to do so.

For the learning part of the placement, we organise a range of speakers – clinicians and managers who are delivering specialist services – to share their knowledge and experience.

For the observational part, each group member is allocated a mentor who helps make sure they are given insight into all aspects of a service, including team meetings. With service users’ permission, members of the group observe consultations.

The placement content varies according to the requirements of the group.

Please note, in addition to the cost of the placement, group members also need to fund their living expenses and travel costs.

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Maudsley International Psychiatry Fellowships

Maudsley International Psychiatry Fellowships give psychiatrists the chance to work and learn alongside junior doctors in specialist mental health services in south London. Maudsley International Psychiatry Fellowships are particularly valuable for psychiatrists who are responsible for developing specialty services.

The fellowships last for one or two years and are organised in partnership with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London.

During their stay in London, Maudsley International Psychiatry Fellows join a specialty training scheme and work in a number of different services for four days a week, and have access to lectures and events at the IoPPN.

Fellows are responsible for organising and funding any other professional development/training themselves.

They have a training supervisor and are given support by Maudsley International staff.

Please note, this is a professional development opportunity and does not result in a qualification. In addition to the cost of the fellowship, successful applicants also need to fund travel, accommodation and living expenses.

Which specialty?

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust runs a range of specialist services. Previous fellows have worked in child and adolescent mental health services; old age psychiatry; and liaison psychiatry.

Information for applicants

• must have obtained the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) level 7.5 across all domains, as required by the General Medical Council (GMC);
• must have been working as a psychiatrist for at least three years in their home country;
• must have finance in place before they apply (fellowships are normally sponsored by employers who also contribute to the costs of travel, accommodation and living expenses).

If a fellowship is offered, applicants must:
• apply for registration with the GMC (Maudsley International sponsors the application)
• find, organise and pay for accommodation in London.

How to apply

Applicants need to write a personal statement explaining why they want to learn more about a particular specialty/area of work and complete a simple application form. If there is an opportunity within an applicant’s chosen specialty, and an applicant is considered suitable, the applicant will be interviewed.

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Mental Health Awareness Workshops

Maudsley International Mental Health Awareness Workshops give up to 25 participants a better understanding of mental health; information about common mental health problems like depression and anxiety, and serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder; and discuss how best to support people and make sure they get any help they need.

The interactive workshops are suitable for health professionals, primary care workers, NGO staff, human resource managers – or simply team members and work colleagues in any organisation or company within the public and private sectors. The workshops can be arranged as part of a capacity building programme, or can be organised independently.

Our workshop facilitators are expert clinicians who work in NHS services, and they use a combination of video, role play, discussion and group work.

We can arrange a one-off workshop, or a series of workshops, tailored to the needs of the participants and the system, organisation or company in which they work.

We ask clients to give us information about the role of participants and their workplace policies and procedures – to make each workshop/series of workshops completely bespoke.

At the end of each workshop/series of workshop, we make recommendations about improvements that could be made to existing systems, and any future training needs that we identify.

Best Practice Masterclasses

At a Maudsley International Best Practice Masterclass, a panel of experts is invited to present the evidence about the chosen topic, and contribute their perspective to a discussion with participants. The discussion often focuses on the realities of putting the evidence into practice.

We can organise either a series of Masterclasses, or a standalone Masterclass, for up to 30 participants. They can be held in our client’s home country, or in London.

Our staff and associates have expertise and experience in many diverse areas, and we construct each Masterclass, or Masterclass series, to make sure our client’s aims and objectives are met. We also tailor the Masterclasses to the participants’ experience, knowledge and skills.

Examples of Best Practice Masterclasses we have organised include:
• psychological competencies for addiction services;
• mental health training for nurses with no previous experience in this field;
• continuing professional development for experienced senior psychiatrists.

Best Practice Masterclasses may be arranged as part of a bespoke capacity building programme or can be organised independently.


Our services are provided by our expert staff, members of our Board and Maudsley International associates – health professionals, managers and researchers who work for South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King's College London, and other expert organisations. Maudsley International operates independently but works in partnership with both SLaM and the IoPPN.

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