Liaison psychiatry bridges the gap between physical and mental healthcare.
Our services provide mental healthcare to people being treated for physical illness in general hospitals, whether they attend out-patient clinics, are admitted to inpatient wards or or present to the A&E department. The co-occurrence of mental and physical health problems is common among these patients, often leading to poorer health outcomes, delayed discharges and increased use of healthcare resources.
Our aim is to improve patient experience, quality and efficiency of service in the general hospitals by focusing on the significant number of patients that have mental health problems complicating their care and discharge. Some problems that may be referred to liaison psychiatry include:
- Psychological reactions to physical illness
- Deliberate self-harm
- Medically unexplained symptoms
- Organic mental disorders: delirium and dementia
- Alcohol and substance misuse
- Mental illness related to childbirth
- Diagnostic difficulties
- Abnormal illness behaviour
- Behavioural disturbance
- Medico-legal decisions
- Assessment of capacity to refuse medical treatment
Our staff are based in some of London’s largest general and specialist hospitals to help detect mental health problems early and provide the necessary support.
Referrals are made through the general hospital by a health professional.
For further information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information about liaison psychiatry visit the useful external links on this page.
Centre for Mental Health
- Liaison psychiatry in the Modern NHS
- Long-term conditions and mental health
- Outcomes and performance in liaison psychiatry
Royal College of Psychiatrists
- Liaison psychiatry for every acute hospital
- Liaison psychiatry and the management of long-term conditions and medically unexplained symptoms
- Liaison psychiatry can bridge the gap - a Health Service Journal article on liaison psychiatry in North West London
- London hospitals step up efforts to improve mental health care - an article on myhealthlondon on liaison psychiatry in North West London
- Royal College of Psychiatrists Faculty of Liaison Psychiatry
- Psychiatric Liaison Accreditation Network: Journals