Derbyshire Healthcare and Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trusts have worked together to launch a pioneering 24 hours a day new psychiatric liaison service based at the Royal Derby Hospital. The official launch took place on 30 October 2013 which was well attended by around 100 people.
The merger of the Mental Health Liaison Team (MHLT), Hospital Alcohol Liaison Team (HALT) and Confusion Teams has created a fully functioning 24/7 psychiatric liaison team.
The Liaison team will provide a rapid response, high quality assessment and engagement service which offers advice and support to people attending the Royal Derby’s A&E department with a physical problem where potential associated mental health issues are identified.
The number of doctors and nurses working in the new service has been increased in order to provide the highest standards of care in A&E and across all inpatient areas of the Royal Derby Hospital
Steve Trenchard, Chief Executive of Derbyshire Healthcare, said: “This exciting new service will help signpost people admitted to A&E to the appropriate services where a person can receive specialist care and treatment for their mental health condition. The Liaison team should significantly improve the quality of care in the Royal Derby Hospital for patients with mental health conditions, alcohol and/or substance misuse related problems.”
Sue James, Chief Executive of Derby Hospitals, said: “People regard hospitals as places of safety if they have mental health problems. This new service will enable us to fulfil this in a much more effective way. Mental health illness doesn’t stop at 5pm and this 24 hour a day service will mean we can better meet the needs of people in crisis.”