PLAN Standards


The PLAN standards provide a clear and comprehensive description of best practice in liaison psychiatry services.

Our standards are based on the available literature and extensive consultation with staff, patients and carers with experience in liaison psychiatry.

The PLAN standards are revised every two years. The sixth edition of standards was published in January 2020. 

All PLAN member services are reviewed against the core standards for liaison psychiatry services. The following additional sections are applied if the service is commissioned to provide them.

  • Urgent and emergency mental health care
  • Children and young people
  • Psychological therapies

Download a copy of the Quality Standards for Liaison Psychiatry Services - Sixth Edition 2020 (pdf).

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