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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Faculty of Liaison Psychiatry

Liaison psychiatry is the sub-specialty which provides psychiatric treatment to patients attending general hospitals, whether they attend out-patient clinics, accident and emergency departments or are admitted to in-patient wards. Therefore it deals with the interface between physical and psychological health.

There is now abundant evidence that medical and surgical patients have a high prevalence of psychiatric disorder which can be effectively treated with psychological or pharmacological methods.

Liaison Psychiatry Service - Created by Creative Connection for Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.



Credential pilot

  • The Royal College of Psychiatrists, in partnership with Health Education England (HEE) are running a pilot to develop a credential in Liaison Psychiatry.

Find out more about the pilot 




West London Mental Health Trust and Health Education North West London

Mental Awareness e-Training for Emergency Staff  (MATES)

            - Self-harm MATES video

            - Psychosis MATES video

            - Delirium in dementia MATES video

            - Anxiety in respiratory illness MATES video



The current editors are Dr Sridevi Mahalingappa and Dr Nora Turjanski.

Should you require a copy of any previous newsletters not currently available on the website, please contact Francis Maunze – the College archivist.




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Latest News and Events

Liaison Psychiatry Trainees, Nurses and Allied Health Professionals Conference

Date: 22-23 November 2018

Location:  Sheffield

Faculty Report

Framework for routine outcome measurement in Liaison Psychiatry



We invite newsletter submissions relevant to liaison psychiatry including reports on service development, education, training, audits, conferences and events.


Please note that we will not accept case reports for publications.

Articles should be 1-2 pages. Please include your name, title, place of work and contact details along with picture of the primary author.

Please e-mail contributions to using Liaison Faculty Newsletter  as the subject title. 


JISC Update: 

The RCPsych Paediatric Liaison Network

The RCPsych Paediatric Liaison Network is an international group of child and adolescent psychiatrists who work with paediatric staff. We discuss clinical and non-clinical issues, particularly policy and the promotion of mental health in paediatric practice. We meet in conferences in various UK locations twice a year.  If you are interested in joining, contact the group c/o Stella Galea, Committee Manager.

Notice of election - call for nominations extended

There are still vacancies for the role of financial officer and 1 executive member on the Liaison Psychiatry Faculty executive committee 


If you’re interested in putting yourself forward, you can find the information you need including job description, timelines for applying and more in the notice of elections.  


The closing date for nominations is Friday 9 November 2018.

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