King’s Sierra Leone Partnership is working with Sierra Leone National Mental Health Coalition and Enabling Access to Mental Health project to improve mental health services in Sierra Leone. Areas of focus include:
- Developing systems of care at community level
- Improving policy, regulations and guidelines governing mental health care
- Strengthening training and supervision of health workers for integrated mental health at the primary care level
KSLP is also exploring opportunities to develop a partnership with the Sierra Leone Psychiatric Hospital in Kissy, which is one of the four teaching hospitals in Sierra Leone. This partnership might assist in areas such as the establishment of an outpatient facility and the strengthening of inpatient services and capacity for mental health teaching.
From April 2014, Katy Lowe, a South London and Maudsley NHS Trust funded volunteer is completing a six-month placement in Sierra Leone. She will be supervised from the UK by Dr Susie Whitwell, Consultant Psychiatrist. Katy’s work will focus around exploring the feasibility of opening a mental health outpatient facility from Connaught Hospital in an effort to help plug the gap in availability of community care in the city.