About Us

The South West London System is a membership network made up of organisations providing health and social care to the 1.3 million residents of Croydon, Richmond, Wandsworth, Sutton, Merton and Kingston, and the three principal universities in the area.

We work together to ensure everyone who lives in south west London receives an equally high quality service.We encourage health and social care professionals to work together and learn from each other, and to collaborate with university-based researchers.

We promote and support research that can provide the evidence needed to improve services to meet local people’s needs.

We help develop training to equip health and social care professionals with new skills so they can deliver the best possible evidence-based services.

Our Work

We directly fund research and other projects that aim to improve services, develop training for health and social care professionals, or develop qualified practitioners’ skills. The money that supports these projects comes from subscriptions paid by our member organisations. All the projects that have received financial support fall within priority areas identified by the member organisations.

Find out more:

Current projects:

Small Grants 2014
Small Grants 2013
Leadership Development Programme
Research Degree Summer School
South London Nursing Network

Working with Social Enterprises:

Bridges Self-Management Programmes

Past sponsored projects:

Stroke: Helping people make progress on their own after a stroke
Workforce: Care coordination and the role of personal navigator
Infection prevention and control: A concerted effort to beat norovirus
Nursing: Offering nursing students realistic work experience in the community
Development of Associate Practitioner role
Supporting relevant and topical education: Public Health
Training scheme to help care workers better support people with dementia
Academic Care Groups: Fostering closer links with academics

Past Small Grants:


Combining UK Hospital Episode Statistics with London Ambulance Service Statistics to Derive Scoring Systems for Early Identification and Triage of Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
Recovery Opportunities Course: A Recovery Based Programme for People with Intellectual Disability and Mental Health Problems
Evaluation of Stepped Care Mental Health Intervention into Cardiac Rehabilitation
Difficult Conversations Training for Care Home Staff
Sexual Health Needs of Commercial Sex Workers


A novel outcome measure for assessing the risk of fall
Development of an e-learning package for the handling of medicines
Heritage2health: Developing a local network to support recovery and rehabilitation in SW London
Dementia screening: a pilot study of processes, outcomes, costs and patient experience
Continence promotion after stroke: Use of enuresis alarms and vibrating watches
An evaluation of South Thames Crossroads’ carer peer mentoring service


Specialist stroke workbook created by physiotherapists for physiotherapists
Charting the fate of patients who seek medical help for lower back pain
Do multiprofessional teams make the most of the different skills they contain?
Bringing the variety of organisations involved in mental health care together
Gaining insight into different roles of community-based and hospital nurses
Pooling information to evaluate services