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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.

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



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Liaison Psychiatry Trainees, Nurses and Allied Health Professionals Conference

Date: 22-23 November 2018

Location:  Sheffield

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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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