PLAN Standards

Download a copy of the 5th edition PLAN standards 2017 (pdf).

We write standards for liaison psychiatry services and review them regularly to keep them up-to-date. Our standards are based on the available literature and discussion with professionals, service users and carers.

As a PLAN member we’ll review your team against our ‘core’ standards which describe what all liaison psychiatry teams are expected to do (regardless of size, model or function).

If you’re commissioned to provide other kinds of care too, we’ll also review you against other relevant domains:

  • Providing urgent and emergency mental health care
    Covering Accident & Emergency and people on general wards who need urgent mental health help.
  • Providing routine mental health care to adults & older adults
    Covering people on general wards who need non-urgent mental health help.
  • Providing psychological therapies
    This includes brief, time-limited or longer term interventions.
  • Providing training to hospital colleagues
    This could include emergency department colleagues, ward staff and so on.


Get in contact to receive further information regarding a career in psychiatry