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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
INSTITUTE OF PSYCHIATRY: Schedules for clinical assessment in neuropsychiatry (SCAN) records
Level of description
Sub-fonds of King's College London Archives
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
11 archive boxes


Name of creator(s)

Institute of Psychiatry and Medical Research Council

Administrative / Biographical history

The Institute of Psychiatry was opened in 1923 as the medical school of the Maudsley Hospital, which was established in 1914 to treat the mentally ill. It was recognised by the University of London and changed its name to the Institute of Psychiatry in 1948, before becoming a school of King's College London in 1997. The Schedules for Clinical Assessment in Neuropsychiatry (SCAN) were developed under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO) and its International Classification of Diseases as a common set of standards to assess, measure and classify psychiatric disorders. The prototype was devised in 1980 and subsequent components such as training manuals, schedules, results of field trials and glossary were published up until 1998. SCAN is used as a classification and reference tool by psychiatrists and comprises a structured interview, encoding and computer programme to produce a standard diagnostic presentation.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Institute of Psychiatry, 2001.

Content & structure

Scope and content

The records of the Schedules for Clinical Assessment in Neuropsychiatry (SCAN) at King's College London Institute of Psychiatry are made up of editorial committee papers, data tables, statistical data, notes of meetings and other correspondence and papers, 1986-1995. These include correspondence with Geoff Der of the Social Psychiatry Unit at the Institute, 1988-1995; editorial committee papers, 1986-1994; notes on international meetings arranged by Geoff Der relating to SCAN, 1989; field trial data in hard copy and floppy disks, [1989]; training manuals, reviews of statistics and other supporting literature, 1987-1991.

System of arrangement

Boxed as accessioned

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Administrative records are closed for 30 years. Hospital records are closed for 100 years.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material


Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

King's College London Archives: Records of the Camberwell Psychiatric Case Register (Ref: KCLCA IOP/CAM).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Geoff Browell.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

November 2001


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  • Editing
  • Educational administration
  • Field work
  • Psychiatry
  • Publishing
  • Publishing industry
  • Research work
  • Statistical data
  • Statistics

Personal names

  • Der, Geoff, fl 1988-1995

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives
  • King's College London, Institute of Psychiatry
  • Medical Research Council, Social Psychiatry Unit

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