From Maudsley International to Implemental

Implemental is the new name of the not-for-profit community interest company (CIC) previously known as Maudsley International.

Implemental is an expert organisation that helps develop and improve services and support for people who have mental health problems in many different countries. This includes promoting good mental health and mental wellbeing.

The name change took effect in April 2018 alongside a change in company structure: Implemental is now a CIC limited by guarantee, rather than shares, as the CIC called Maudsley International was.

Our story so far: the first 10 years

Maudsley International was originally set up in 2007 by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London and South London and Maudlsey NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM). This is an NHS organisation that provides a range of mental health services in the community and in hospitals, including the famous Maudsley and Bethlem Royal Hospitals.

The initial venture was launched with the support of a grant from the Maudsley Charity that enabled the development of a small administrative hub to co-ordinate activities carried out by staff at SLaM and the IoPPN. Through the hub, health professionals, managers and researchers shared their expertise and experience around the world.

In 2012, Maudsley International became a social enterprise and community interest company limited by shares and expanded its activities. The Maudsley Charity became the company’s sole shareholder and both the charity and SLaM had a place on the company’s board.

Why the change?

The 2018 change of name and company structure will support the development and growth of Implemental over the next decade. The decision to make the changes was taken by Implemental’s executive team (company chair Sir Graham Thornicroft, Managing Director Tracey Power, Director of Business Strategy and Operations Jonathan Rolfe and Programme Director Nick Bouras) with the support of SLaM, the Maudsley Charity and the IoPPN. The new name reflects the Implemental executive team’s particular expertise in implementation science.

The assets and resources of the former Maudsley International will be transferred to the new company and used to pursue the same mission: to improve mental health and wellbeing around the world.

Going forward

Implemental will continue to work with governments, providers of health services and employers in the public, private and voluntary sectors, helping clients to develop evidence-based policies about mental health and wellbeing, and implement them using evidence-based techniques. Implemental’s services are provided by the company’s operational and executive teams and and its associates – expert clinicians, scientists and managers who work for SLaM, the IoPPN and other specialist organisations (previously known as Maudsley International associates). Both staff and associates have extensive experience of contributing to the development and delivery of mental health policies and strategies, and implementation and improvement plans around the world.

Implemental will continue to have a close working relationship with SLaM and the IoPPN and this relationship is described in a Memorandum of Understanding agreed with SLaM and King’s College London. Both SLaM and the IoPPN continue to have an advisory seat on Implemental’s Board.

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