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Policy documents

This is a repository of information relevant to the provision, commissioning and quality control of liaison psychiatry services. Please contact Dr Temple with suggestions and contributions.


Faculty reports

Liaison Psychiatry and the management of long-term conditions and medically unexplained symptoms, makes a case for adding liaison psychiatry to medical management. 


College reports 


Position statements


NICE guidelines



Other reports

This Mental Health Network Briefing looks at opportunities to improve quality and efficiency in acute services by focusing on the needs of the significant number of patients who also have mental health problems complicating their care and discharge.

It sets out some good practice examples together with academic evidence to build a business case for liaison psychiatry services.

Service Development

These notes are written by liaison psychiatrists with a range of experience in establishing liaison services in different hospitals in the hope that they will help future consultants negotiate some of the difficult problems which will face them following their appointment. The notes should be read in conjunction with the "Model job description for consultant in liaison psychiatry" which is available to in print form from the College or from the officers of the Liaison Psychiatry Faculty.


  1. Introduction & preliminary negotiations
  2. Managerial arrangements & facilities
  3. Junior medical staff & non-medical professional staff
  4. Developing the service
  5. Teaching, research & links with colleagues
  6. Developing a new post in a hospital where no previous liaison service existed



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'From Hospital to Home'

The Faculty of Liaison Psychiatry annual conference

Date: 13 - 15 May 2015

Venue: Royal College of Psychiatrists, Prescot Street

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