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Anyone wishing to join the Faculty of Liaison Psychiatry should
contact the Membership Office.
Email the Liaison Psychiatry Committee Manager Stella
About the Liaison Faculty
Until the 1970s, specific liaison psychiatry services were
virtually unknown in Britain. A
small number of specialised consultant posts were then established
but there was no officially recognised body to represent liaison
Informal discussions between
interested clinicians took place in the early 1980s and a consensus
emerged that liaison psychiatry would be best served by
establishing a group within the College.
A preliminary meeting was held during the College quarterly
meeting in Oxford in 1983 followed by a further meeting during the
AGM in Edinburgh in 1984. The College then agreed to recognise
Liaison Psychiatry as a special interest group and it became a
Faculty in 1997.
Liaison Psychiatry is a GMC recognised subspecialty of General
The Liaison Psychiatry Executive Committee is the College
representative body for the Faculty. The Executive Committee
consists of a Chair, a Vice Chair a Financial Officer and 12
Elected Members serve a four year term of office. Members are
also co-opted on to the committee to complete a piece of work or
represent an area of interest such as trainees, service users and
carers and the national jurisdictions. The Chairman represents the
Faculty on the College Council. Elections take place on a two year
cycle and eligible College members will receive invitations to
submit nominations and vote.
The Executive Committee meets quarterly and holds an annual
strategy day. The committee contributes to all aspects of College
work relevant to the specialty including training, policy and
Members have also established links with other Royal Colleges
and Faculties and have contributed to cross-specialty work. The
Executive holds a residential meeting annually.