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Liaison psychiatry is a critical service that should be integral
to all acute hospitals. Services comprise multidisciplinary
teams skilled to integrate mental and physical healthcare in people
whose mental health problems arise in, or have an impact on
management of, physical illness and symptoms.
The report starts with chapters that
summarise existing evidence of need for liaison psychiatry services
in all acute hospitals and then provides evidence for the range of
problems Addressed, and range of interventions required, to meet
core mental health demands in acute hospitals.
Further chapters show case examples
that demonstrate the benefit of services; provide detailed
considerations for service design, including principle
organisational standards, access and response standards, hours of
operation, remit and staffing; governance is addressed as a range
of clinical and organisational risks and how these can be reduced
by liaison psychiatry services are described. Lastly, key
considerations required to set local standards for common mental
health-related problems that occur in acute hospitals are provided.
Each chapter ends with a summary of the key messages.
This report replaces CR118.
Psychiatric services to accident and emergency departments
- Working group
- Executive summary: key messages
- Scale and nature of problems needing
- Case examples illustrating gains to be made
from investment in a liaison psychiatry service within every acute
- Service design
- Integrated governance of liaison
- Clinical topics for mental healthcare in